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The ALS Association has awarded The Mid-America Chapter with its annual Innovation Award for The ALS Telemedicine Treatment Center located in Wichita, Kansas. This prestigious honor recognizes trailblazing chapters who are actively developing and implementing new ideas and/or methods in the delivery of The Association’s mission priorities.
Colleen Wachter, Executive Director of The ALS Association Mid-America Chapter was at The ALS Association’s annual Leadership Conference and accepted the honor on behalf of The Chapter. Of the award she says, “This is a great credit to our Care Services Team, and to Dr. Richard Barohn for his leadership and willingness to champion the project.”
For nearly a decade, Wichita has been a target of The Mid-America Chapter’s effort to start a clinic. The only clinic in the entire state of Kansas was in the Kansas City area and not accessible to many ALS patients due to the long-distance travel; especially as the disease progresses. It wasn’t until early in 2017 the pieces came together and a telemedicine site for ALS clinical care was established.
The Wichita clinic is still in its infancy, but according to Jack Wilson, a Wichita resident who has been battling ALS for more than seven years says, “Oh boy, what a wonderful ALS Clinic visit. Saw the whole team today. They all showed up for just little old me. Even through ice and snow, it was so much easier and quicker than going to KC. I liked how we meet with the doctor via Skype and having the whole team present during the interview. Wichita's clinic rocks...wonderful team.”
The Mid-America Chapter is honored to have received the 2018 Innovation Award and is grateful for the continued support of Dr. Barohn and the community of Wichita for making the dream of a clinic a reality.