Multidisciplinary Approach

The MDA/ALS Center of Hope is dedicated to a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. This means that upon visiting the center, the individual with ALS will be seen by a team of healthcare professionals who will approach each case from every medical angle.

During a single visit, the PALS and his or her caregivers meet with every member of our team. Although this obviously means that the visit will be long, it also ensures that it is comprehensive. The multidisciplinary approach evolved so that all of the individual's needs and problems can be addressed at each and every visit. It also allows the team members to communicate much more effectively and share information, improving the quality of care for each patient.

The team at the Center of Hope is devoted to providing optimal care of individuals with ALS, and to participating in the search for a cure through clinical research. Read more here about the focus of each specialist at the center, or click here to meet the staff. For an update on the national recommendations regarding multidisciplinary care, click here for the American Academy of Neurology's Practice Parameter Report on Multidisciplinary Care.

FAQs About Clinic

How do I contact someone at the Center? Where is it located?

The MDA/ALS Center of Hope is located at:

3509 N Broad St
5th Floor, Boyer Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA 19140


Convenient Valet Parking is available at the lobby of the Boyer Pavilion. As soon as you turn onto Tioga Street from Broad Street, the valet service is immediately on your LEFT.

You can also self-park in the Boyer Pavilion Lot. 

Please call our clinic office to get more information or to make an appointment. 

Office Phone: 215-707-3040       Fax: 215-707-8235

 

Will I receive a diagnosis during my first visit?

This answer depends on where you are in the diagnostic process. Making a diagnosis of ALS takes time and is not undertaken lightly by our neurologists. If this is your first visit with us, the neurologist will most likely request specific follow-up tests. The nurse will request certain medical records as well when the appointment is made.  You can expect a full discussion including diagnostic possibilities.

How long will my visit be?

You will meet with multiple team members during your visit, so you should expect to spend either the morning, from 9:00am to 12:00pm, or the afternoon, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, with us. We know it is a long visit but we try to make it run as smoothly as possible! 

What clinic team members will I see during my visit?

You can expect to see all of the team members during your clinic visit. You will see your neurologist and other healthcare professionals, including the nurse coordinator, social worker, respiratory therapist, mental health specialist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, and nutritionist. In addition, liaisons from the ALS Hope Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and others are available for questions.