Expanding Our Neurosciences Program

People with neurological diseases and disorders often require specialized, complex care. Unfortunately, many currently have to travel outside our community to receive it. Our vision will change that. Providence plans to build the region’s first comprehensive Neurosciences Center. This investment will include: 

  • Expanding programs and co-locating clinicians to treat diseases and disorders including stroke, brain tumors, movement disorders and Alzheimer’s
  • Developing a robust Neurosciences research program designed to bring clinical trials to our community to give patients access to experimental care 
  • Enhancing surgical capabilities including purchasing the state’s first robotic guidance system for spinal and neuro surgery 
  • Developing comprehensive education and outreach program to lower the impact of neurological diseases and disorders in the community  

Advanced Clinical Programs

Neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, seizures, movement disorders (including Parkinson’s), cancerous brain tumors and chronic neck and back pain are deeply debilitating, often life-threatening conditions that affect thousands of people across our region. 

By investing in the creation of the region’s first comprehensive Neurosciences Institute, Providence will develop an all-under-one-roof center where specialty neurologists, neurosurgeons, and physiatrists will work collaboratively to serve neurological patients, right here in Snohomish County. Patients will be able to receive the most advanced care in one place, instead of needing to schedule various appointments in other locations.

Grateful Patient: Shannen Stierwalt

Shannen Stierwalt, of Everett, lived with debilitating back pain from untreated scoliosis for more than 35 years. Standing, bending—even breathing—hurt. “On a scale from one to 10, it was a 15,” Shannen said.

A skilled surgeon and a new robotic spinal navigation system at Providence Everett changed that. The Mazor X robot, along with O-arm and Stealth Navigation, guides surgeons to place rods or screws into bone with more than 99% accuracy, safely sparing major blood vessels, nearby nerves or other structures of the spine.

“We placed 22 screws and every single one of them was perfect,” said Orthopedic Surgeon Ali Anissipour, DO. “It yields tremendous results with faster recovery, reduced blood loss, lower potential for scar tissue and a trend toward less post-operative pain.”

Having a local hospital that invested in leading-edge technology and top-notch caregivers changed Shannen’s life. “I’m not living in pain—it’s the best feeling in the world,” she said.

Comprehensive Stroke Center

Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability and the sixth leading cause of death in our state. Providence Everett has an award-winning stroke team and program, which will become even greater with the addition of a few key components to make us a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Our investment ensures that patients have around-the-clock, seven-day-a-week access to the innovative surgical procedure called catheter-based thrombectomy. This procedure uses a catheter to quickly remove blood clots from the brains of patients who’ve had certain types of strokes. Currently, patients who require this procedure must be rushed to Seattle for care. Becoming a Comprehensive Stroke Center means we can offer specialty neurologists, operating rooms and leading-edge technology so Snohomish County residents can receive the most advanced, life-sustaining stroke treatment precisely when and where they need it.

Grateful Patient: Mark & Vicki Johnston

Mark remembers waking to his alarm as he always did but didn’t feel quite right, “It was mentally tough,” to perform tasks he’d normally accomplish on autopilot. Their son tried to engage him in conversation but Mark struggled to respond. Vicki knew the signs of stroke and they called 9-1-1. By the time Mark arrived at Providence, he could barely speak and his right side was weak. The Providence Stroke Team immediately requested diagnostic imaging—that showed a clot restricting blood flow in his brain. Mark was a perfect candidate for a thrombectomy, a procedure where a surgeon uses a catheter to mechanically remove the clot. While Providence’s vision is to expand its stroke center to include staff and equipment to perform this specialized procedure, it wasn’t yet available in Everett. Mark was transferred to a sister hospital in Seattle where he underwent the procedure that evening. By morning he could talk, answer trick questions from his sons, and was back at work 10 days later. “We are grateful to Providence for their quick diagnosis and action plan.” The Johnstons want to help bring comprehensive stroke care to Providence for future patients needing a thrombectomy, which Mark says “restored life.”  

Award-winning Stroke Team

The Providence Everett Stroke Team was awarded the American Heart Association’s Stroke Gold Plus Award in 2019 and 2020 for Care Excellence. 


“We care for 600 to 700 stroke patients each year here. Our multi-disciplinary team of nurses, providers, neurologists, and neurosurgeons have been receiving the highest level of recognition. Once we become a comprehensive stroke center we will be able to care for all stroke patients in our community—resulting in better outcomes for patients and their families.”

Dr. Tarvinder Singh, Stroke Program Medical Director, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett