Multiple Sclerosis Center Celebrates First Anniversary

April 09, 2013

One year ago today, the first patients visited the brand new Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center at Swedish Neuroscience Institute. The 11,700-square-foot facility was designed around the patient experience as part of the MS Center’s commitment to treating the whole person and addressing each patient’s individual emotional, psychological, social and physical needs in a supportive environment.

Since we opened our doors on April 9, 2012, we’ve hit a few new milestones:

  • More than 5,400 total patients, including 620 new faces, from around the world received care from our comprehensive treatment team in the last 12 months.

  • We welcomed three new providers: neurologist Peiqing Qian, M.D.; physical therapist Kim Kobata, PT; and neuro-psychiatrist Lina Fine, M.D., M.Phil.

  • We completed the Pigott Terrace. The 1,500-square-foot outdoor therapy terrace includes a one-of-a-kind system that enables patients to work safely with a physical therapist to improve their gait on different surfaces.

Some of our hallmark programs and offerings also expanded, including:

  • Research opportunities. The MS Center has been involved with more than 25 research studies in the past year that offer trials for new treatments (such as Teriflunomide and BG-12).

  • Free Public Wellness Classes have grown in size and number, and now include two additional yoga classes, music therapy and two aerobics programs.

  • New Patient Exercise Program enables patients to exercise in the MS gym twice per week.

  • Five multiple sclerosis support groups meet at Swedish several times per month.

  • MS Roadshows bring the MS Center team to communities throughout Washington to educate people with MS and their families about living well with the disease.

  • The Annual MS Center Art Show received nearly 100 entries in 2012 from around the Pacific Northwest. This year, the show is will be brought July 6-7, 2013 to the Armory at Seattle Center, in partnership with Seattle Center’s Community Created Events.

What’s next for the MS Center?
While so much has already happened in 12 months, the MS Center continues to grow in order to maintain its commitment to timely access and quality care for each individual. In our next year, we’ll continue to grow many of these opportunities and share them with you here.

For the next few months, you can expect new projects and opportunities to get involved, such as:

  • Additional research opportunities for diverse new treatment options

  • More fitness equipment and machines in the MS Center gym

  • Expanded patient exercise gym hours

  • Free monthly employment workshops

  • Regular research updates and tips from our nutritionist

  • Pet therapy and Pet of the Month programs

  • More opportunities to connect with us online

We want to hear from you.
The MS Center provides people with MS and their families access to a multidisciplinary team of skilled and specialized staff to deliver the highest quality of care, new treatments and wellbeing offerings.

We want to know: how can we help you achieve better well-being with MS?


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I am currently taking ampyra and gilenya. Still have trouble walkingWithout a cane, wheelchair for longer distance. Are there any newMedicean or treatment? Are there any diet that can help?
Thank you for your question! You can call the Center at 206-320-2200 and make an appointment to talk more with a health care provider about what might be best for you. For general research updates about new treatments, consider subscribing to HelpLines, our MS information and research newsletter.