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New Affiliation Expands Spokane Neuroscience Programs

February 16, 2015

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Providence Health Care (PHC) and Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates (INSA) are pleased to announce a new affiliation that will expand neurosciences services throughout the Inland Northwest region and provide greater quality, an improved patient care experience and reduced cost of care.

INSA has been a strong partner with PHC for more than a decade. This affiliation bolsters PHC’s and INSA’s ability to build a comprehensive neuroscience program for patients in the Inland Northwest region.

PHC welcomes new caregivers

As a result of this affiliation, Providence is welcoming several employees from INSA clinics to the PHC family. The physicians and advanced practice providers will continue to be employees of INSA.

Al Wichtendahl, PHC Regional Director for Neurosciences, will have responsibility for overseeing the Providence Neurosciences clinical program across inpatient, outpatient and ambulatory services, including management of the INSA clinics.

Why is this important?

This transition will allow for greater coordination among physicians, nurses, surgeons and other caregivers in the neurology and neurosurgery clinics and hospital settings. Working together as a team means a more seamless care experience for patients throughout their course of treatment.

As the health care landscape changes, PHC continually evaluates and adjusts its services to meet the needs of the community. This new affiliation is another example of how PHC is taking proactive steps to organize care differently, make care more affordable, improve outcomes for patients and enhance the overall patient care experience.

About Inland Neurosurgery & Spine Associates

INSA has provided neurosurgical and spine care for more than 50 years in the Spokane region. Employees at INSA provide treatment for numerous neurosurgical illnesses for adults and children including spinal/back disorders, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, aneurysms, cerebrovascular disease, radiosurgery and pediatric neurosurgery. INSA providers include Drs. Jonathan Carlson, David Gruber, Jeffrey Hirschauer, Benjamin Ling and Dean Martz.