SPOKANE, WA, June 19 - Spokane and
the Inland Northwest has the highest prevalence of multiple sclerosis in
the United States and the second in the world, and now one less doctor
to help battle the disease.
One of the nation's leading MS doctors is leaving Spokane for the big city. Ben Thrower, Medical Director of the Holy Family MS Center, has moved to Atlanta to be near family.
Unfortunately, that leaves a lot of MS patients wondering what will happen to them. Thrower is one of the leading MS doctors in the U.S. and actually founded the center in north Spokane.
He built its clientele up to 2,000 people in Spokane and hundreds of others from Montana, Oregon and Alaska. Holy Family officials want to assure the Multiple Sclerosis community they're in good hands so a new director will be chosen soon.
The only other MS center in the western U.S. is in Seattle.