Providence Medical Research Center
We’ve positioned ourselves as a regional leader in clinical research through the creation and support of the Providence Medical Research Center in Spokane, Washington.
Located at Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, our center is the only physician-led comprehensive medical research center in the Inland Northwest. We coordinate a diverse spectrum of research studies via federally funded programs and industry-sponsored drug and device trials.
Providence Medical Research Center allows Pacific Northwest residents to have access to the latest advances in medical research through Providence-affiliated clinicians and physician investigators. These providers’ specialties include heart and vascular diseases, kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, nutrition, bowel disease, cancer and more.
Our work supports the mission of Providence by advancing knowledge essential to improving care for all – especially the poor and the vulnerable.
If your research will take place in any of the following Providence health care facilities, your first step is to complete the intake form below. Our staff will contact you with the next steps.
- Providence Holy Family Hospital
- Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital
- Providence Mount Carmel Hospital
- Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital
- Providence Medical Group Clinics
We employ a centralized research administration model to support and oversee the core clinical research activities at Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital and Holy Family Hospital in Spokane.
Staff in our clinical trials office manage clinical studies from start-up to close-out and are responsible for functions such as federal grant administration, contract negotiations, clinical trial tracking and billing, clinical trial coordination and internal study monitoring. We also provide regulatory assistance, including institutional review board (IRB) approvals.
Specifically, we help:
- Complete all regulatory forms and assessment of regulatory compliance in clinical trial procedures, including SAE reporting and protocol deviations
- Develop and manage budgets, contracts and clinical trial agreements
- Develop protocols and informed consent forms and other materials for human subjects’ review
- Facilitate research committee and institutional review board approvals
- Manage interest and site feasibility surveys
- Manage study timelines and serve as a liaison for sponsors and investigators
- Provide pharmacy support, including training of clinical/hospital site staff, shipping and dispensing of drugs and management of drug inventories
- Provide research billing compliance oversite and Medicare coverage analysis
Medical research studies we conduct in Eastern Washington include FDA-regulated clinical trials, federally sponsored research programs, patient registries and local investigator-initiated projects. We oversee active research protocols and clinical trials in a wide variety of medical specialties.
- Cystic fibrosis. We participate in the Cystic Fibrosis Patient Registry as well as new drug trials
- Diabetes. The cause of diabetes continues to be under study
- Gastrointestinal health. Our GI research program participates in national patient registries and new drug trials and focuses on the causes and potential cures of GI problems
- Pediatric hematology
- Abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias
- Congenital heart disease
- Coronary artery disease, including heart attack
- Heart failure
- Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
- Heart valve disease
- Pericardial disease
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Pulmonary embolism
Research in the field of neurology studies a variety of disorders and aspects of the nervous system, including:
- Multiple sclerosis (MS). The Providence Multiple Sclerosis Clinic participates in patient registries as well as new drug trials to improve health outcomes and quality of life for MS patients.
- Neurosurgery. Our neurosurgery research includes new device trials as well as registry studies following patient outcomes after spinal surgery.
- Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease studies within Providence study new surgical treatments for this neurological disease.
- Stroke. Stroke studies within Providence in Spokane include patient registries and genetic studies.
We are part of the National Cancer Institute’s Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a nationwide collaborative group focused on eradicating childhood cancers. Currently, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital participates in more than 70 studies in the COG network, offering treatment for a wide variety of children’s cancers. New studies are opened constantly in order to provide Inland Northwest children and adolescents with cancer access to new therapies.
- Apply for a grant
- Participate in another institution’s grant application
- Participate in another institution’s awarded grant
- Manage an awarded grant
- Participate in an industry-sponsored study
What if my project doesn’t fit in any of these categories?
Simply submit our intake form. We will contact you and guide you through the next steps.
How much notice does Providence need to support my grant application?
Please contact us at least 12 weeks in advance.
What support services does Providence offer?
Our center can help with biostatistics, clinical study coordination, writing, illustrating, regulatory assistance, financial management and research consulting. Contact us or submit our intake form for more information.
Where can I find funding for my research?
We invite you to visit our funding page to learn about current funding opportunities.
- CITI: Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative
Offers internet-based educational programs in research, ethics, regulatory oversight, research administration and other research-related topics.
- SIP: Study Implementation and Planning Meeting
A logistics meeting during which a study’s principal investigator and other study staff review study activities, procedures, regulatory submission and financial items.
- IRB: Institutional Review Board
A group that reviews and monitors research being conducted on humans. Review by the IRB is a federal requirement described in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, Part 56. The Providence Health Care IRB will review most studies locally. At the IRB’s discretion, outside review by a central IRB may be allowed on a case-by-case basis.
- SRC: Scientific Review Committee
A group of doctors, scientists and other experts who review clinical trials for their scientific quality and benefit to our local patients. SRC review is separate from, and occurs prior to, IRB review. Learn more about the standards for SRC review.
- PMRC: Providence Medical Research Center
- NDA: Nondisclosure agreement
Also known as a confidentiality agreement (CDA). Ensures that discussions are kept confidential while interested parties determine if they should pursue a future sponsored activity.
We are dedicated to promoting and enhancing quality clinical research activities in the Inland Northwest.
Understanding the highly competitive nature of drug and device development studies, we strive to provide transparent and efficient processes to ensure timely implementation of new clinical trials while also conducting ongoing quality studies.
Are you interested in a career in research?
Check out current job postings on our career website.
- Elaine Couture, Chief Executive – Eastern WA, PHC Administration
- Dean Martz , MD, CPE, Acute Care WA MT, Regional Operations
- Katherine Tuttle, MD, FASN, FACP – Executive Director for Research
- Radica Alicic, MD – Associate Director for Clinical Research
- Lisa Masiello, PhD, CCRP, RAC – Manager, Research Operations
- Claudia Flores, BSN, RN, CCRC – Manager, Clinical Research
- Allison Lambert, MD, MHS – Clinical Investigator
- Kenn Daratha, PhD – Bioinformatics Scientist
- Judy Felgenhauer, MD – Clinical Investigator
- Ann Cooper LPN, CCRC – Clinical Research Coordinator
- Lisa Passey, BSN, RN, CCRC – Clinical Research Coordinator
- Tracy Roundy, BS, CCRP – Clinical Research Coordinator
- Joni Baxter, RN – Clinical Research Coordinator
- Lisa Davis, BS, CMA, CCRC – Clinical Research Coordinator
- Joan Milton, MS, RD, CCRC – Dietitian, Clinical Research Coordinator
- Carissa Urbat , BSN, RN, CCRN – Clinical Research Coordinator
- Lisa Wilkins-Kelly, RN, BSN, CPHON, CCRP – Clinical Research Coordinator, HEM-ONC
- Katherine “Katy” Vasecka, RN, CPHON – Clinical Research Coordinator, HEM-ONC
- Derek Barnhart, PharmD
- Cami Jones, PhD – Research Data Analyst
- Gae Meyer, CCRP – Regulatory Specialist
- Nikolay Peganov, MLS (ASCP) CM – Regulatory Specialist
- Emily Cox, PhD, ACSM CEP – Scientific Project Manager/Writer, Regulatory affairs
- Joy Durham - Research Administrative Assistant