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New neurologists join Providence Brain and Spine Institute

August 01, 2014

This fall, we welcome three new board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians specializing in general neurology, movement disorders, neuromuscular conditions and stroke.

Cattle rancher becomes a stroke hero

June 24, 2014

Thanks to his quick action when his wife started to slur speech, a Heppner woman can return to the ranch. 

Providence St. Vincent recognized for outstanding stroke care

June 13, 2014

Stroke patients who are treated at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center receive some of the best care on the nation.

Providence Stroke Center meets the highest standards in care

June 13, 2014

Stroke patients treated at Providence Stroke Center receive some of the best care in the nation. Providence has made the 2012 Target: Stroke Honor Roll.

Marching on after stroke...thanks to telestroke.

May 16, 2014

See how the team in the Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center emergency room used a special link to a neurologist miles away to help save the...

Providence Brain and Cancer Experts Begin First-In-World Novel Brain Tumor Vaccine Research Trial

May 05, 2014

Fourteen months. That’s the median life expectancy of someone diagnosed with high-grade glioma, the most common primary brain tumor in adults, even with the current standard of treatment. Providence Cancer Center researchers and a Providence Brain and Spine Institute neurosurgeon believe immunotherapy might change that statistic. 

Pediatric neurology expands to east Portland

February 28, 2014

In April, pediatric neurologist Kit Yeng Lim, M.D., MA, will begin seeing patients at Providence Child Center to support families living in east Portland. The new clinic will also support patients receiving developmental health care from Providence Neurodevelopmenal Center for Children, Specialty Pediatric Dental Clinic, Swindells Resource Center and the Center for Medically Fragile Children. 

Providence welcomes orthopedic spine surgeon to hospital’s professional staff

February 25, 2014

Providence Newberg Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of board-certified spine specialist, J. Rafe Sales, M.D., to the hospital’s...

Providence’s new Neurocritical Care Unit

September 26, 2013

Providence now offers a new, 12-bed neurocritical care unit at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

A little sunshine can help lower your risk of stroke

May 03, 2013

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for stroke. Now, a new study suggests that vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin – can help lower blood pressure. For people living in the Northwest where getting enough vitamin D from the sun is a problem, this is important news for reducing your stroke risk.

New Stroke Prevention Tips

May 01, 2013

May is American Stroke Month. Your first line of defense against stroke is to eat a healthy diet, exercise and don’t smoke. Now, new studies show there are additional – and relatively simple – things you can do to reduce your risk.

Assess your stoke risk, get a free red hair streak at Providence Streaks for Stroke events

April 30, 2013

Streaks for Stroke events educate mall shoppers about a leading cause of death in America: stroke.

From garbled text messages to slurred speech, green tea to vitamin D - Providence experts talk stroke signs and prevention

April 24, 2013

Would you know if your co-worker or loved one was having a stroke? Recognizing the signs is important and could save a life. On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 45 seconds, and someone dies from one every four minutes.

It’s not Alzheimer’s - some memory problems are treatable

April 11, 2013

Normal pressure hydrocephalus can be mistaken for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, but can be treated.

Brain Watch lets students watch a live brain aneurysm surgery

March 12, 2013

The program gives local students the opportunity to learn about brain surgery, health careers and health risks first-hand.

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is recognized for outstanding spine and neurosurgical care

March 11, 2013

Becker's Hospital Review has named Providence St. Vincent Medical Center as one of 100 Hospitals with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs.

Neurology services expand in Portland

January 29, 2013

Providence Neurological Specialties-East has opened in the plaza building on the campus of Providence Portland Medical Center.

Providence pioneering technology to help ALS patients breathe

January 16, 2013

The first ALS patient in Oregon to received a new device, implanted by Providence, to improve breathing and extend quality of life tells his story.

This ski season, put on a helmet

December 27, 2012

Doctors urge skiers and snowboarders to wear helmets. Helmets minimize your risk of head and brain injury on the slopes.

Aneurysms – know your family history

December 12, 2012

A ruptured aneurysm seems like a random unpreventable tragedy, however, there are some symptoms and risk factors you should pay attention to.

Ski helmets really do protect your head

November 30, 2012

Skiers and snowboarders are dusting off their gear as snow falls in the mountains … and hopefully that gear includes a helmet.

Minimally invasive techniques for brain surgery

November 30, 2012

New tools allow surgeons to see and operate on pituitary and other brain tumors through the nose.

U.S. Grant expands Providence Telestroke Network to eastern Washington

October 22, 2012

Providence Health & Services has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand telestroke services in the Pacific Northwest.

Memory and Alzheimer’s disease

September 28, 2012

Is Alzheimer’s disease preventable? What are the best ways to keep your brain sharp? Hear what a Providence brain expert has to say.

Brain tumor causing blindness

September 20, 2012

Hear how Providence Brain and Spine Institute surgeons used minimally invasive techniques to save the eyesight of a local man whose pituitary tumor was causing him to go blind.

Excruciating back pain gone immediately

September 12, 2012

Watch this KPTV report about a patient who was in the worst pain in his life. His minimally invasive spine surgery cured him "100 percent" and he was out on the town that evening.

When are memory lapses normal? What neurologic symptoms should I worry about? How can I keep a sharp mind?

September 12, 2012

These are some of the questions Providence experts will cover at the Nov. 1 forum: The Curious Workings of the Brain.

New technology at PMMC offer early warning system

August 26, 2012

The new Modified Early Warning System, or MEWS, was launched at Providence Medford Medical Center in mid-July. The primary purpose of MEWS is to ensure swift intervention or transfer of critically ill patients, resulting in lower morbidity and mortality for our patients. Using a computer algorithm that runs behind the scenes, MEWS monitors vital signs and pages the unit charge nurse if a patient’s score reaches a specified threshold. Nurses then reassess the patient, notify the attending physician and follow a response-and-monitoring protocol. This automated alert comes directly from the electronic health record system currently in place at PMMC.

Providence receives grant to expand Palliative Care Program

August 24, 2012

With help from a Cambia Health Foundation grant, Providence Medford Medical Center is expanding its palliative care program to provide the full continuum of care. The interdisciplinary team is led by Medical Director Susan Kohler, M.D., and consists of a palliative care nurse practitioner, case managers and spiritual care chaplains. Providence currently offers palliative care on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The grant provides funding to expand the program and to help educate patients, families and physicians on the value of this extra support.

Telemedicine delivers quality Parkinson's care[Audio]

August 16, 2012

Imagine having a disease like Parkinson’s and living in a rural area, far from a major city. Seeing a specialist often involves having to travel long distances. But now, technology is helping bring Parkinson’s specialists to the patient.

Dr. Pankaj Gore on pituitary tumors [Audio]

August 15, 2012

They can affect your ability to grow, your eyesight and even your sense of smell. Did you know that 20 percent of people get pituitary tumors?

Before brain surgery, a couple weds at Providence

August 01, 2012

The trip to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center wasn’t on the schedule. Neither was the wedding. But all that changed for Jamie Amos and Jonathan Tafoya

USDA official sees award-winning Providence Telestroke Network in action

July 31, 2012

Earlier this year, the USDA gave Providence Brain and Spine Institute's Telestroke Network a $253,000 grant to fund telestroke technology at five rural hospitals in eastern and central Oregon.

eNeuro: Seeing scans through a microscope?

July 18, 2012

Read about this novel invention and more in Providence Brain and Spine Institute’s summer clinical newsletter.

Providence Telestroke Network Honored For Saving Lives

July 12, 2012

Providence Telestroke Network has earned the 2012 Quality Improvement Initiatives Award, one of the top honors given by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Life-long epilepsy patient now seizure-free

July 12, 2012

Pankaj Gore, M.D., removed a small, benign growth in a patient’s brain that was discovered by new imaging technology.

TeleParkinson’s checkup saves time and money

July 12, 2012

See how telemedicine is helping people with Parkinson's disease get checkups without having to travel long distances to see a specialist in Portland.

Seizure triggers and treatments

July 04, 2012

Can summer’s heat trigger epileptic seizures? Pankaj Gore, M.D., offers insights into the causes and treatment of epilepsy.

Options for treating back pain [Audio]

June 21, 2012

As many as 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. But today, we have more options for treating back pain than ever before.

2012 President’s Award for Excellence recipent

May 18, 2012

Learn why Providence Telestroke Network received this recognition of superior achievements in care and service to the health of our communities.

Parkinson's choir gives joy and perhaps symptom relief

May 16, 2012

"The idea of being in a singing group might have a beneficial effect on their illness," said Richard Rosenbaum, M.D.

Stroke rehabilitation made more enjoyable

May 14, 2012

Recovering from stroke can be a grueling process, but state-of-the-art technology – and some unexpected tools – can help people recover mobility.

A mother’s drive to recover

May 12, 2012

After her brain tumor was removed in the sophisticated iMRI operating suite, a woman is working hard to get better to keep up with her two sons.

Stroke in Young People

May 10, 2012

A stroke really can happen to anyone. A young man with a hemorrhagic stroke is back at school and doing well due to fast action.

Remarkable recovery from a ruptured aneurysm

May 10, 2012

A woman arrived at the ED in a coma and near death. Vivek Deshmukh, M.D., FACS, recounts the night he repaired her ruptured aneurysm.

Robot helping diagnose stroke faster

May 03, 2012

With the help of a robot, doctors can diagnose strokes faster to save lives and reduce disability. Listen now to this KXL In Depth interview.

How FAST action saved his life

May 01, 2012

Watch the AM Northwest segment with a couple who beat stroke with FAST action and a telestroke consult at Providence Newberg Medical Center.

Portland TV news anchors unite against stroke

April 25, 2012

KATU, KOIN, KGW and KPTV have partnered with Providence Stroke Center to share this message about stroke warning signs.

From Sleep to Snacks: Providence Experts Offer Tips for Stroke Awareness Month

April 24, 2012

It is the third leading cause of death in America – claiming a life every four minutes. But stroke doesn’t have to kill. And it doesn’t have to happen. For May, National Stroke Awareness Month, Providence has experts available to talk about the telltale signs someone is having a stroke.

eNeuro: Rethinking the cause of back pain

March 26, 2012

Read about this and more in Providence Brain and Spine Institute's spring clinical newsletter.

Acute Rehab Outcomes Report - Outstanding Results

March 22, 2012

The 2011 Providence Medford Medical Center Rehabilitation Outcomes Report shows Providence in the top quarter of rehabilitation programs in the country. Of note, more of our patients return to their homes than national benchmarks. What does that mean to you? It means, patients return home with greater independence and peace of mind. Providence Medford Medical Center - the only accredited primary stroke center of excellence by the Joint Commission, and a nationally recognized inpatient rehabilitation center by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Contact sports causing brain damage?

March 16, 2012

Michael Mega, M.D., explains how new research indicates that even lighter hits to the head, over time, can add up to cognitive impairment.

Newberg man considers his a stroke of luck

January 11, 2012

How a wife's fast action and Providence Telestroke Network led to lifesaving stroke treatment.

Oregon telestroke gains recognition

January 06, 2012

The success of Providence Telestroke Network will be the subject of an oral presentation at the 17th annual international meeting of the American Telemedicine Association in April.

Telestroke comes to Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center

December 09, 2011

Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center has joined Providence Telestroke Network to provide after-hours acute stroke care.

Providence receives $253,000 grant to expand telestroke network

December 08, 2011

Five hospitals in eastern and central Oregon will recieve access to lifesaving stroke expertise from Providence Brain and Spine Institute.

Back on his feet

November 30, 2011

Most back pain can be treated without surgery, but when it is appropriate, it can provide tremendous relief. Hear from Dr. Jeffery Johnson and his patient in this KPTV report.

Diabetic neuropathy

November 28, 2011

Diabetes is a common problem which can cause damage to the nervous system. Find out how you can reduce your risk in thisKXL report.

Lack of oxygen and the brain

November 15, 2011

Providence neurologist shares insights on the near drowning of a 12-year-old boy pulled underwater by a riptide.

New medical advances in brain tumor care

November 15, 2011

Pankaja Gore, M.D., was able to remove a three centimeter tumor from a young girl's brain. Find out how this was done without an incision.

Saving lives with telestroke

November 15, 2011

Providence Stroke Center Medical Director Ted Lowenkopf, M.D., explains how our telestroke program is expanding care across the region.

New name for Providence’s comprehensive neurological and spine services

November 01, 2011

Providence Brain Institute’s name has changed. The new name, Providence Brain and Spine Institute, communicates the breadth of services offered by the institute.

Walk to Defeat ALS

September 25, 2011

Join us at the World Trade Center in Portland on Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. to walk, support and help in the fight against ALS.

Providence Telestroke robot reunites mom and newborn son.

August 28, 2011

When pregnant 35-year-old Ivonne of Sherwood collapsed Sunday, Aug. 22, shortly after arriving to the emergency department at Providence Newberg Medical Center, the last thing on her mind was that she’d be separated from her baby.

A Cure after 40 years with epilepsy

July 29, 2011

A Providence patient with a forty year history of epilepsy appears to be free of symptoms thanks to neuro-microsurgery that neurosurgeon Dan Rohrer, M.D. performed on the patient in May. Doctors are hopeful the patient is cured and will not suffer another seizure again.

New technology for back surgery

July 11, 2011

New technology allows decompression of a pinched nerve in a less invasive way. Just a week after back surgery, this patient can lie down comfortably for the first time in years.

Minimally- and non-invasive procedures

June 01, 2011

Providence neurosurgeons lead the region in minimally invasive procedures. These techniques allow them to treat conditions without surgery and with few, if any, incisions.

Dr. Ted Lowenkopf explains Foreign Accent Syndrome

May 26, 2011

Have you ever imagined waking up to a different voice? This is what happened to a native Oregonian woman who awoke from dental surgery to a brand new British-like accent.

Providence Telestroke Network expands into Washington state

May 25, 2011

Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco, Washington has joined the Providence Telestroke Network. We can now help provide the community with real-time stroke expertise.

Stroke is not only an old person's disease

May 25, 2011

Recent studies have shown a rise in strokes among people younger than 40. It is important that everyone knows the risk factors and warning signs of stroke.

Wii rehabilitation therapy

May 25, 2011

Rehabilitation experts at Providence are turning to a unique technique to treat patients, Nintendo Wii. See how the Wii can help people recover their mobility.

Telestroke speeds stroke care

May 25, 2011

To survive stroke and limit disability, every second counts. For communities without a stroke specialist on hand, now a Telestroke robot is helping save the lives of some stroke patients.

Seaside’s robot now delivers care in the ICU, from Alaska

May 25, 2011

Residents in rural communities can now take advantage of more modern health care treatments without having to travel to larger cities.

Doctors: Diet could help prevent Alzheimer's

May 24, 2011

What you eat could help prevent or even delay the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.

New way to treat stroke

May 20, 2011

Providence neurologists are testing a promising new procedure that could potentially change the way bleeding strokes are treated.

New hope for those with multiple sclerosis

May 01, 2011

A new FDA approved drug for those with relapsing MS is changing lives.

Providence Experts Offer Tips for Stroke Awareness Month

April 22, 2011

While Providence expands its Telestroke Network to treat stroke patients quickly, prevention still is the best medicine.

Patient back on bike after brain surgery

April 12, 2011

The surgery to remove a colloid cyst took one hour and only required a small opening compared to traditional open brain surgery.

Work to reduce stroke mortality bears results

March 10, 2011

Oregon’s stroke death rate has fallen from the fifth highest in the nation to No. 12, according to recent statistics. 

Middle-aged brain learns slower, but better, than a younger brain

February 19, 2011

Amy Schultz, Ph.D., from Providence Brain and Spine Institute and Ken Weizer, N.D., from Providence Integrative Medicine Program review the difference between Alzheimer's and "senior moments".

Endovascular surgery means a short recovery

January 25, 2011

Brain aneurysm patients benefit from a new technique that involves only a small puncture his/her leg.

Providence expert insight into Congresswoman Giffords’ brain-injury

January 10, 2011

Vivek Deshmukh, M.D., F.A.C.S., medical director of Providence Neurointerventional Services, helped Washington Post readers understand brain trauma following the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

A difficult disease made gentler

November 26, 2010

For Larry Atkins, doctor visits rarely bring good news, but his mood on this Tuesday is buoyant. Of the 10 specialists and therapists who examined him in a half-day marathon of appointments atProvidence ALS Center, each reported that he seemed to be doing pretty well.

Pediatric neurologist Parvez Pohowalla, M.D., explains a seizure controlling treatment

November 26, 2010

A nerve stimulator implanted into a 15-year-old seizure patient's chest has worked to control seizures when medications had stopped working. His mother says it has been more than a year since his last seizure.

Cognitive evaluation can help determine when to stop driving

November 15, 2010

Mistaking the gas for the brake can be fatal, especially if seniors are experiencing cognitive decline.

Gamma rays stop tumors without surgery

January 01, 2010

Oregon’s Gamma Knife technology, Perfexion, offers faster, more accurate treatment of complex brain and neck tumors and lesions without invasive surgery.

Drs. Rohrer and Gore, co-medical directors, explain our intraoperative MRI

November 01, 2009

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is home to the world’s most advanced operating suite for brain tumors.