SEATTLE, Feb. 7, 2012 – Since diagnosing and managing cerebrovascular disorders can require a complex assortment of specialty evaluations and testing, Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) recently opened a new Cerebrovascular Center on the first floor of James Tower at the Cherry Hill campus (550 17th Ave., Suite 110, Seattle).
SNI used patient-focused convenience as the foundation for designing the new facility, which opened Dec. 19, 2011.
“In this one location, SNI has consolidated its existing advanced diagnostics and interventional therapeutics, as well as the newest generation of technology,” said David Newell, M.D., cerebrovascular neurosurgeon and chief of Neuroscience. “The center also features the expertise of a care team that includes cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, vascular neurologists, neuroendovascular and radiosurgical specialists, neuroradiologists, neurohospitalists, and advanced practitioners who are trained to evaluate and treat cerebrovascular disorders.”
The facility also includes a Stroke Clinic.
A comprehensive menu of procedures
In addition to advanced diagnostics, the center offers state-of-the-art care for a broad scope of cerebrovascular disorders – including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformation, vascular stenosis, vascular tumors, transient ischemic attacks, stroke, arteriovenous fistulas, carotid stenosis and occlusion, Moyamoya disease, and patent foramen ovale assessment.
Among the available surgical procedures are repair of arteriovenous or cavernous malformation, extra-cranial to intracranial bypass, carotid endarterectomy, and microvascular decompression or transposition. The center also provides multiple neuro-endovascular procedures, such as intra-arterial drug delivery and thrombolysis, embolization, stent placement, and aneurysm coiling.
Swedish is the only facility in the Northwest that offers both CyberKnife and Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery in support of its cerebrovascular program. Therefore, Swedish radiosurgery experts are able to select the best technology to produce the best possible outcomes.
Integrating clinical care, research and education
Creating this type of comprehensive clinical setting also makes it possible to integrate research and education into clinical care – helping ensure the center’s experts are always at the leading edge of their discipline.
SNI’s clinical researchers investigate the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and medical devices, as well as new approaches to care. This allows cerebrovascular specialists to offer patients investigational therapies that are unavailable outside a research environment and may not be available anywhere else in Washington state or the Northwest.
Electronic medical record facilitates care coordination
The new center brings the necessary specialists to the patient to evaluate, collaborate and present all possible treatment options. Collaboration – both within Swedish and with the referring physician – is a critical element in delivering care that is coordinated and in sync with the patient’s overall medical needs. The use of Epic, Swedish’s electronic medical record system, helps ensure seamless coordination of each patient’s care.
A new home for stroke assessment and prevention
Stroke patients are also seen within the Cerebrovascular Center. The Stroke Clinic concentrates on advanced assessments and treatments for transient ischemic attack (TIA) and secondary stroke prevention, while helping to facilitate vascular consultations.
Physicians working with patients who have had a stroke and may have been treated at another hospital can also refer their patients to the Stroke Clinic for coordinated follow-up management to improve wellness and prevent future stroke.
The Stroke Clinic provides numerous neurovascular procedures and services, including diagnostic testing for clotting disorder or cerebral ischemia, medication selection, patient and family counseling and education, and non-drug approaches to vascular risk reduction.
“This new Cerebrovascular Center offers patients the expertise of a team of highly skilled specialists and the most advanced technology – all within an environment that has been designed for their comfort and convenience,” said William Likosky, M.D., medical director for Stroke and TeleStroke.
For more information
For more information about the Swedish Cerebrovascular Center, call 206-320-3470 or visit www.swedish.org/cerebrovascular.
Swedish has grown over the last 102 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area with 11,000 employees, more than 2,800 physicians and 1,700 volunteers. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group – a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.swedishcares.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter or www.twitter.com/swedish.
In 2007, Swedish embarked upon an ambitious $100 million fundraising campaign. Campaign investments are used to support a wide variety of initiatives throughout the health-care system, including cancer, heart and vascular, women and children, neuroscience, and orthopedics as well as programs to support underserved populations. To date, the campaign has secured gifts totaling $91.5 million. For more information or to support the campaign, visit www.campaignforswedish.org.
Swedish is affiliated with Providence Health & Services, which is a Catholic, not-for-profit organization founded by the Sisters of Providence in 1856 with 27 hospitals, 214 physician clinics and almost 53,000 employees across five states. Based in Renton, Wash., Providence Health & Services provides strategic and management services to integrated health-care systems in Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington state. In 2009, Providence and Swedish provided a combined total of more than $205 million in community benefit in Western Washington, including $61.4 million in free and discounted care for those who could not afford to pay for care. For more information, visit www.providence.org.
About Swedish Neuroscience Institute
In 2004, Swedish expanded its neuroscience services by establishing the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. The team of leading neurologists, neurosurgeons and other specialists are building a world-class institute dedicated solely to the treatment and research of neurological disorders for patients in the Pacific Northwest. The Swedish/Cherry Hill campus is the hub for the Institute. For more information, visit www.swedish.org/neuroscience.