UCHealth clinic recognized as a leading provider of care for people with multiple sclerosis

Fort Collins clinic is only provider in Colorado to hold Center for Comprehensive MS Care designation
January 22nd, 2019

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (Jan. 28, 2019) – UCHealth Neurology Clinic in Fort Collins, a leading provider of care for people living with multiple sclerosis in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, has been officially recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care program.

This formal recognition honors the clinic’s commitment to providing exceptional, coordinated care; and a continuing partnership with the Society to address the challenges of people affected by multiple sclerosis. The Society’s Partners in MS Care program also recognizes committed providers whose practices support the Society’s initiative of affordable access to high quality multiple sclerosis care for everyone living with multiple sclerosis – regardless of geography, disease progression and other disparities.

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body, according to the Society. Symptoms vary from person to person and range from numbness and tingling, to walking difficulties, fatigue, dizziness, pain, depression, blindness and paralysis. Most people with multiple sclerosis are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. Multiple sclerosis affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

The multiple sclerosis care team at UCHealth Neurology – Fort Collins, 2315 E. Harmony Road, is led by Dr. William Shaffer and nurse practitioner Sara Schaefer, two providers who have extensive experience and specialized training in caring for patients with multiple sclerosis.

“We are so proud to partner with UCHealth Neurology in Fort Collins to enhance coordinated, comprehensive care for the people who live with multiple sclerosis in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming,” said Carrie Nolan of the National MS Society, president of the Colorado-Wyoming region. “In earning this recognition, the clinic has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in multiple sclerosis care, making a tremendous impact on people affected by multiple sclerosis in our community,” Nolan added.

About the author

Kelly Tracer is a media relations specialist at UCHealth, based in northern Colorado. For nearly 20 years, she worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and designer before diving into the world of health care communications.

She believes there is an amazing story inside everyone and considers it an honor to get to meet and work with so many extraordinary people – patients, families, providers, volunteers and staff – every day. She is also fascinated by health care innovation and programs that empower and inspire people and families to live healthier lives.

A native of Nebraska, Kelly received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She and her husband have two children and enjoy paddle boarding all summer and skiing all winter.