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Since 2008, Providence Alaska Medical Center’s Neuroscience Center has cared for people who have been diagnosed with all types of neurological disorders, including stroke.

We offer evidence-based therapies in inpatient and outpatient settings. Our goal is to meet your needs and deliver the care that allows you to have the best possible outcome and enjoy your quality of life.

We use a team approach, with experts from neurology, neurosurgery, interventional radiology, rehabilitation and more. Working together with you and your family, we deliver innovative, technologically advanced care with warmth and empathy.

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Some of the most common conditions we treat include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia
  • Aneurysm
  • Brain tumor
  • Epilepsy
  • Migraines
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury

Treatments and services we offer through the Neuroscience Center include:

  • Back and spine surgery
  • Cranial surgery
  • Emergency and routine stroke care
  • Neurodiagnostic and cognitive evaluations
  • Neuro-oncology (in conjunction with the Providence Cancer Center)
  • Neuropsychology
  • Sedated pediatric electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Sedated pediatric hearing tests
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (minimally invasive brain surgery)
  • Telemedicine for emergent stroke care

From the time you arrive at the emergency department with a stroke through your inpatient stay and rehabilitation, you will receive comprehensive care from a highly skilled team of professionals at the Neuroscience Center.

Primary Stroke Center

We are recognized as Alaska’s premier Primary Stroke Center. This is evidence of our commitment to provide the best possible stroke care.

We have specially trained staff available around the clock to quickly evaluate stroke symptoms and initiate treatment. And we offer the most advanced stroke therapies. These include:

  • Clot-busting medication
  • Endovascular treatment
  • Surgery

We also provide rehabilitation with therapists who focus on helping you regain function and become as independent as possible after a stroke. This includes a dedicated inpatient rehabilitation unit.

Telestroke Network

Through the Telestroke Network, our doctors remotely evaluate people experiencing stroke symptoms throughout Alaska. Secure web-based technology makes this possible.

We partner with hospitals in rural and remote areas of the state to offer this service. It allows for the fastest possible diagnosis and treatment of strokes and is important because time saved is brain saved.

Stroke signs and symptoms

Every minute matters when someone is having a stroke. Getting appropriate medical care begins with recognizing stroke symptoms. These symptoms come on suddenly, and may include:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or trouble walking
  • Numbness or weakness in an arm or leg
  • Severe headache
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble speaking

If you recognize stroke symptoms, call 911 immediately.

A variety of board-certified doctors and other professionals may be involved in your care at the Neuroscience Center. These include:

  • Certified clinical staff
  • Discharge planners
  • Endovascular specialized physicians
  • Interventional radiologists
  • Licensed independent practitioners
  • Neurologists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists