A Comprehensive Medical Research Center
Providence has positioned itself as a regional leader in clinical research through creation and support of Providence Medical Research Center in Spokane, Washington.
Located at Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, Providence Medical Research Center is the only physician-led comprehensive medical research center in the Inland Northwest. The Spokane Medical Research Center coordinates a diverse spectrum of research studies, ranging from basic cellular science to new treatment studies, via federally-funded programs and industry-sponsored drug and device trials.
Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho residents have access to latest advances in medical research, via Providence-affiliated clinicians and physician investigators, in disease specialties including heart and vascular diseases, kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, nutrition, bowel disease, cancer and more.
Our work supports and advances the Mission of Providence by advancing knowledge essential to improving care for all - especially the poor and the vulnerable.
New and Upcoming Medical Research
A Novel Therapy for Heart Failure
Heart failure is a serious, yet treatable condition. In fact, some cases can even be prevented.
Not every treatment is right for every patient, however, and that’s why centers around the world—including Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center—are involved in a study to investigate a new treatment option.
Without medical research, there would be no antibiotics to treat infection, no insulin to manage diabetes, and no way to successfully transplant a kidney. These are just three of the countless examples of medical treatments made possible through research—and the list of new discoveries expands nearly every day.
Institutional Review Board
All research protocols conducted at Providence Medical Research Center in Spokane have oversight by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is a 20-member board of technical experts, administrators, lay people and clergy who meet monthly to review research projects involving human subjects and ensure:
- Safety and rights of participating patients are maintained
- Risks to participants are minimized
- Risks to participants are justified in relation to anticipated benefits
- The selection of participants is equitable
- Participants are informed of all procedures, costs, risks and benefits of participating in a research study