SNI Patient Stories
Every year, the Swedish Neuroscience Institute at Swedish’s Cherry Hill campus takes care of thousands of patients. In 2013, we had more than 75,000 visits to our clinics for all types of neurological care, and we performed nearly 19,000 surgeries and procedures. That’s important, because it’s been proven that greater experience truly results in better outcomes.
More experience and better results explain why the Swedish Neuroscience Institute at Swedish’s Cherry Hill campus received this recognition by CareChex, the hospital rating service of Comparion:
- Number one in Washington state in 2014 for medical excellence and patient safety for major neurosurgery
- Number one in Washington state in 2014 for patient safety for spinal surgery
Behind the numbers and the awards, though, are people — patients and families who rightly take their care very personally, and the physicians and other medical professionals who have devoted their lives to serving others. We’ve included some of their stories here so they can express in their own words why the Swedish Neuroscience Institute was the right choice for them.
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The last thing 24-year old Brianne Cassidy had on her mind was the possibility of having a stroke. But that’s exactly what happened after she took a particularly hard hit on the water in a tubing mishap. A team of neuroscience specialists, including Drs. Tom Kushner, Yince Loh and Stephen Monteith successfully employed a combination of clot-busting drugs and medical devices to remove the clot, averting what could’ve been a very bad outcome.
Spine Surgery: Meningioma
As an avid 75-year-old tennis player, Shirley was amazed when sudden sharp pain in her back turned out to be a benign spine tumor. In a painstaking 7-hour surgery, Dr. Rod Oskouian literally did take the pain away.
Brain Tumor: Glioblastoma
Just before his 50th birthday, a trip to the ER led to the discovery of a brain tumor. After two surgeries, Dr. Charles Cobbs recommended experimental treatment of an anti-viral drug — and it’s working.
After a lifetime of debilitating epileptic seizures and mostly ineffective medications, David met with Dr. Michael Doherty, who made a surprising recommendation: brain surgery. Four years later, David is seizure-free.
Cavernous Malformations (Cavernomas) of the Brain
As young mom, blurred vision, numbness, and headaches made it impossible for Courtney to care for her family. Dr. Johnny Delashaw removed the cavernoma and restored Courtney’s life.
When Tera learned she might have an aneurysm, a physician suggested she call Dr. David Newell. She did, and he performed that microsurgical clipping procedure that returned her to perfect health.
Benign Brain Tumor
What started as dizziness led to a shocking diagnosis: Alex had a benign brain tumor. She needed surgery, but Dr. Marc Mayberg was able to use minimally invasive techniques that left just a small 2-inch scar.
Brain Tumor: Meningioma
Kippen’s benign tumor had been removed at another hospital years ago in a 10-hour surgery. When it came back, she stayed out of the OR and saw Dr. Sandra Vermeulen, and received a series of brief, painless CyberKnife treatments instead.
Helen Donnelly Goehring
After traveling around Rome, Assisi and New York, Helen Donnelly Goehring was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma. Before her surgery, anesthesiologist Dr. Anne Bucci wrapped her hand with gauze so she could keep her rosary, that had just been blessed by Pope Francis, with her through the surgery. Thanks to her neurosurgical team, Helen came through with flying colors.
Read Helen's story
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