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.

The Heart & Brain Center at Sierra Campus

Specialized Care When You Need It Most.

The Hospitals of Providence is proud to introduce The Heart & Brain Center as our newest commitment to treating patients with cardiovascular and neurological conditions in the El Paso region. For decades, The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus, a Comprehensive Stroke Center, has delivered award winning cardiac and neurology care to patients in our region. The new Heart & Brain Center is a comprehensive, multi-department and systematic approach to caring for patients who are experiencing a wide array of issues involving the heart and the brain. The specialized teams at The Heart & Brain Center at Sierra Campus work together from the time the patient arrives at the hospital (and prior to arrival through communication with EMS), up until the time of discharge, and throughout the coordination of additional resources that the patient may need including rehabilitation and support groups. This level of care, combined with a multitude of clinical designations and accreditations, is a first in our region.

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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More Information

Was That a Seizure?

Seizures can last a few seconds up to a few minutes. However, when you suspect your child is experiencing one, it can feel like a lifetime.

Seizures may be more common than you think. One in 10 people will experience a seizure in their lifetime. Seizures can be caused by a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, fevers, brain injuries, infections, brain damage and tumors. Sometimes there is no known cause of a seizure.

Identifying seizures in children can be challenging, as many symptoms of seizures may look like everyday actions, and if they are young, a child may not be able to vocalize what or how they are feeling.

Symptoms of Seizures in Children

Symptoms of seizures in children include:

  1. Eyes twitching
  2. Hiccups
  3. Slipping of the eyes
  4. Zoning out, memory gaps or mumbling
  5. Unusual clumsiness
  6. Unusual, repeated head nodding or rapid blinking
  7. Uncontrolled peeing or pooping

Noticing Patterns in Symptoms

Did I just witness a seizure?

Many signs of seizures in children can be normal behaviors and may not indicate seizure activity. Identifying reoccurrences in symptoms may help determine if a seizure occurred and if further testing is needed.

For example, if you notice your child’s eyes are slipping to the side, do they always slip in the same direction? Make a note of any patterns to discuss with your child’s pediatrician. When you or a loved one sees a reoccurring pattern:

  1. Jot down the symptom, the duration of the symptom and the date
  2. If possible, and with consent, record the child when they are experiencing the symptom. This may help a neurologist identify the type of seizure. 
  3. Ask other caregivers, such as a teacher or babysitter, to watch out for repeated behaviors.

It Takes a Community

If a pediatrician suspects seizure activity, he may write a referral for your child to visit a neurologist. A neurologist may order a diagnostic test, such as an electroencephalogram (EEG) or epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU), to scan your child’s brain waves for unusual activity.

It is important to note that experiencing one seizure does not mean a child has epilepsy, which is a condition defined as having two or more unprovoked seizures. Epilepsy is diagnosed and managed by a neurologist.

Trust Your Gut

As a parent or a caregiver, you know your child. If you suspect your child may be experiencing seizures, ask your pediatrician for guidance or request to see our neurologists for a second opinion.


American Academy of Neurology
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Epilepsy Foundation
World Health Organization