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Advanced care for brain, spine and neck conditions

  • Patient-centered care team providing individualized treatment for brain and neurological conditions, including specialized stroke care
  • Solutions for treating long-term health conditions as well as intervention to prevent future progression
  • Use of modern techniques, to give you a highly accurate diagnosis
  • Outstanding critical care for neurovascular patients

Whether you're looking for solutions to help with a long-term brain or neurological condition like Parkinson’s disease or memory loss—or you need to find a specialist who can help you restore your mobility—you deserve quality care in the treatment of your brain, spine or neck condition.

Comprehensive Stroke Center

The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus has earned designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, assuring patients that it follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve the outcomes of the most complex stroke cases. This designation confirms that Sierra Campus has developed successful initiatives on stroke prevention, rehabilitation, education, community awareness and research with positive outcomes.

What does this mean to our community?

According to research, it has been demonstrated that people with hemorrhagic strokes are more likely to survive if they are treated a Comprehensive Stroke Center. Comprehensive Stroke Centers are have the equipment and personnel to deal with the most severe strokes. Additionally, Comprehensive Stroke Centers offer around-the-clock neurological clinical care and neurosurgeon access to ensure high quality care and better health care outcomes.

To learn more about strokes, visit our Stroke Education page by clicking here.

Brain & Neuro Care

At The Hospitals of Providence, you have access to a specialized care team, dedicated exclusively to the treatment of brain and neurological conditions, including 24/7 access to stroke care through The Regional Neuroscience Institute. Our brain and neurology specialists include experienced neurosurgeons, neurologists and certified nurses.

In addition, we offer advanced neurodiagnostic imaging at conveniently located facilities, as well as our Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Center, where we use beams of highly focused gamma rays to treat tumors and lesions. Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive techniques that promote faster recovery times. Some conditions that we treat include:

  • Strokes and mini-strokes
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Head and neck vascular injuries
  • Spinal injuries and compression fractures
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Uncontrolled nose bleeds
  • Diseases and conditions that can lead to stroke

We also offer dedicated inpatient care for neurovascular patients in our eight-bed intensive care unit, fully equipped with advanced monitoring, mechanical ventilation and related intensive care support systems for people who need around-the-clock care.

Neuro ICU

The Neuro ICU at Sierra Campus, is equipped with 12 private beds and designed to provide highly specialized care for neurological conditions such as stroke, seizure, and neurovascular disorders.

Within the Neuro ICU, we also dedicated two beds to establish El Paso’s first and only Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. This unit is specifically designed to treat and diagnose epilepsy patients. The rooms are furnished with fixed Video-EEG monitoring equipment to provide continuous observation.

Awards & Recognitions

Sierra Campus

  • Comprehensive Stroke Center – Dert Norske Veritas
  • Get With The Guidelines - Target Stroke Gold Plus Award
  • Primary Stroke Center – The Joint Commission

East Campus

  • Get With The Guidelines - Target Stroke Gold Plus Award
  • Primary Stroke Center – The Joint Commission

Memorial Campus

  • Primary Stroke Center – The Joint Commission

Transmountain Campus

  • Get With The Guidelines - Target Stroke Gold Plus Award

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Common Sleep Disorders

More than one-third of adults in the United States suffer from sleep disorders, getting fewer than seven hours of sleep in a day. When left untreated, sleep deprivation can lead to several health complications, such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression and obesity. 

What Does Sleep Do for You?

Sleep plays an important role in the way the brain functions. Quality sleep enables the brain to store new information, get rid of toxic waste and allows nerve cells to reorganize and communicate with each other. It also helps the body repair cells, restore energy and release molecules like hormones and protein. 

The recommended amount of sleep varies slightly from person to person. Babies need as much as 16 to 18 hours per day while school-age children and teens require an average of nine and a half hours of sleep per night. For most adults, seven to nine hours of sleep per night is the ideal amount.

Types of Sleep Disorders, Causes and Symptoms

1. Insomnia

This is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. It is the most common sleep disorder that affects about 30 to 35% of adults. Insomnia is often associated with other conditions, such as stress, depression, pain, pregnancy or menopause. Some medications, including certain asthma, cold and allergy medicines, as well as medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), high blood pressure or Parkinson’s disease, may cause insomnia. Insomnia may be classified as chronic, intermittent or transient.

2. Sleep apnea

This is a serious medical condition characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep for 10 seconds or more. Sleep apnea can be classified as obstructive sleep apnea when the upper airway becomes blocked repeatedly during sleep, reducing or completely stopping airflow or central sleep apnea when the brain does not send the signals needed to breathe.

3. Restless leg syndrome

This is the powerful urge to move the legs at night combined with a tingling or prickly sensation often associated with ADHD and Parkinson's disease.

4. Hypersomnia

This is characterized by the inability to stay awake during the day. It includes narcolepsy, a medical condition that causes "sleep attacks" or extreme daytime sleepiness. Hypersomnia is caused by problems in the brain systems that control sleep and waking functions. Drug and alcohol abuse may also trigger this condition.

5. Parasomnia

This is a class of sleep disorders that cause unusual behaviors, such as sleepwalking, sleep talking, groaning, nightmares, bedwetting, teeth grinding or jaw clenching. Other less common behaviors include sleep texting, sexsomnia, exploding head syndrome, sleep-related hallucinations, sleep-related scratching and driving while asleep. Parasomnia may be triggered by stress, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, certain medications, irregular sleep schedules or neurological conditions like Parkinson's disease.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Sleep disorders are diagnosed through a physical exam, medical history and sleep history. Various tests and studies may be performed to record a patient's data during sleep. This data includes brain wave changes, eye movements, breathing rate, blood pressure, heart rate and electrical activity of the heart and other muscles. Treatment for sleep disorders depends on the severity of the condition, but it may include a combination of medical treatments and lifestyle changes. 

Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

  1. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, including weekends.
  2. Create a bedtime ritual that helps you relax, such as reading or a hot bath.
  3. Avoid electronics at bedtime because the light from the screens may be disruptive to sleep.
  4. Try to exercise 20 to 30 minutes each day but not within several hours of bedtime.
  5. Don’t eat a large meal before going to bed, and avoid caffeine, alcohol, tobacco or medications that can disrupt sleep.
  6. Make sure the room temperature is comfortable, and the bedroom is dark and quiet.
  7. Avoid taking naps in the late afternoon.
  8. Get up and do something quiet if you cannot fall asleep, and go back to bed when you’re tired again.
Sources: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke