Newswise — PHILADELPHIA (December 1st, 2015)– The Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Jefferson, in partnership with The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, is pleased to announce that on January 8th, 2016, it will open the doors to a multidisciplinary ALS clinic. The clinic will merge with the existing Frances and Joseph Weinberg Unit for ALS Research forming a new comprehensive clinical and research integrated center, called the Jefferson Weinberg ALS Center. It will offer patients an innovative research-based approach to care, multidisciplinary clinical services, and the expertise of physicians, scientists and staff who are dedicated to the care, understanding and treatment of ALS.

The Frances and Joseph Weinberg Unit for ALS Research has been devoted to ALS research for the past 9 years with a goal of not only understanding the disease, but fighting it. This initiative brings together the research and clinical capabilities and will give patients access to the latest technologies, research, and symptomatic treatments. The Jefferson Weinberg ALS Center will be under the direction of Piera Pasinelli, PhD, a national leader in ALS research.

“Our approach of merging research and clinical care is tailored around the patients' needs, which include immediate needs such as symptomatic care, and ultimate needs in finding effective treatments,” said Pasinelli. “We are honored to welcome patients and their families, and are dedicated in supporting them in their journey with ALS.”

President of The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Ellyn C. Phillips, commented on this new collaboration by saying, "We are very excited to add our partnership with the Jefferson Weinberg ALS Center to the most comprehensive array of services for ALS patients and their families in the Greater Philadelphia area. We are proud to be a member of the Jefferson family."

Stephen K. Klasko, M.D., MBA, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, added, “The Jefferson community is thrilled to provide this unique multidisciplinary approach to bring a new level of patient-centered care to patients in the Greater Philadelphia region.” He continued by saying, “The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter has entrusted us with the care of these patients, and we will make it our mission to surround them with an unprecedented level of compassion, treatment, and state of the art care.”

About Jefferson — Health is all we do.

Our newly formed organization, Jefferson, encompasses Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, representing our academic and clinical entities. Together, the people of Jefferson, 19,000 strong, provide the highest-quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educate the health professionals of tomorrow, and discover new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

Jefferson Health comprises five hospitals, 16 outpatient and urgent care locations, as well as physician practices and everywhere we deliver care throughout the city and suburbs across Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties in Pa., and Camden County in New Jersey. Together, these facilities serve more than 72,000 inpatients, 239,000 emergency patients and 1.7 million outpatient visits annually. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is the largest freestanding academic medical center in Philadelphia. Abington Hospital is the largest community teaching hospital in Montgomery or Bucks counties. Other hospitals include Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Center City Philadelphia; Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia; and Abington-Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township.

Thomas Jefferson University enrolls more than 3,800 future physicians, scientists, nurses and healthcare professionals in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC), Jefferson Colleges of Biomedical Sciences, Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, Population Health and is home of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

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