Patients, Mission and History

The Multiple Sclerosis Center is a flagship program of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. Located in Seattle, it is the largest and most comprehensive multiple sclerosis center in the Pacific Northwest.

Where our Patients are From

The Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish Neurological Institute attracts people from our local region and from around the world. If you are a patient and do not see your community listed, let us know.

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To help MS patients achieve their highest level of well-being.


  • Focus of care centered on all those affected by MS
  • Integration of all aspects of care
  • Well-being maximized for all those affected by MS
  • Leadership regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Innovation in care and research


  • Create a benchmark of national and international magnitude
  • Provide self-sustaining, multidisciplinary, integrated, patient-centered clinical care to maximize the well-being of people with MS
    • A multidisciplinary clinical approach to patient-centered clinical care: clinical, imaging, educational, and robust support for social, family, vocational and recreational needs
    • Full complement of providers and services in one location
    • Timely access to care for all MS patients
  • Create the leading center for MS research in the region
    • Create partnerships with leading MS researchers in the region
    • Clinical trials of new therapies
    • Clinical application of basic science discoveries
    • Investigations into the mechanisms and cause of MS
  • Create and lead a virtual MS community throughout the region providing:
    • Consultation
    • Collaboration
    • Education
    • Reinvention of CME and grand rounds
  • Align interests of healthcare providers, industry and community leaders

Timeline for the MS Center at Swedish


Three Sisters of Providence open Swedish's first hospital,  Providence Hospital (now Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill).

Mother Joseph and Sisters of Providence

Providence Hospital, 1900


Swedish Hospital (now Swedish Medical Center/First Hill) opens on Belmont Avenue and Olive Street. Founded by Dr. Nils Johanson, a surgeon and Swedish immigrant, the 24-bed hospital is destined to grow into the premier hospital of the Pacific Northwest.

Nils Johanson, MD

Swedish Hospital, 1917

Seattle General Hospital, 1917


Swedish Hospital merges with Seattle General Hospital and The Doctors Hospital, creating the largest hospital in Seattle.


Swedish Medical Center acquires Providence Seattle Medical Center (now Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill) and Providence Medical Group (now Swedish Physicians).

2004, October

Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) forms to improve the quality of care for neurologic diseases in the region. Starting with only three physicians, the institute has grown rapidly, and is now the largest provider of neurological care in the Pacific Northwest. The Swedish Neuroscience Institute is located on the Cherry Hill Campus, which includes the newly-renovated former Providence Hospital building.

2008, January

Three Swedish Hospital neurologists are added as a subspecialty clinic within SNI and begin caring for patients with multiple sclerosis.

2009, January

Additional multiple sclerosis specialists join SNI and the MS Center at Swedish Neuroscience Institute is formed.


MS Wellness programs are launched including MS physical therapy, exercise, nutrition, psychology, social work and vocational counseling.

2011, November

Construction begins on a new 11,700 square-foot facility to house the growing program.

Construction begins on the new MS Center

2012, February

Swedish and Providence Health finalize an affiliation agreement, forming the largest healthcare network in the region.

2012, April 9

The MS Center at SNI opened its doors to its first patients in the new facility.

The MS Center at SNI is now the largest and most comprehensive center for multiple sclerosis care in the region, and one of the largest in the US.

Swedish Opens New MS Center