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

When To See a Neurologist for Headaches?

A headache that’s recurring or too severe may make you wonder whether you should see a neurologist. A neurologist's visit may not be necessary if your headache goes away on its own or with rest or self-care. But if it’s so debilitating that it disrupts your daily activities, it may be caused by other underlying conditions that require a thorough evaluation from a doctor.

Migraines and severe headaches affect one in every six adults in the U.S.A. Headaches usually occur on both sides of the head as well as the forehead, temples and nape. The ache can range from mild to severe and can be triggered by stress, anxiety, eyestrain and muscle strain. On the other hand, migraine is characterized by symptoms aside from headache, such as nausea, vomiting, neck and shoulder pain and many more.


When to See a Neurologist for a Headache?

If your headache becomes too severe and frequent to bear, it may be time to see a primary care doctor. You may be referred to a neurologist if your headache doesn’t improve with initial treatment. A neurologist specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles.

Seek medical help immediately for any of the following:

  • This is the first time you have had a headache this painful, and it disrupts your daily activities.
  • Your headache suddenly comes on an explosive or violent pain. This is an emergency condition that may be caused by a ruptured blood vessel in the brain. Call 911 right away or go to an emergency room near you.
  • Your headache worsens over 24 hours.
  • Your headache happens with a head injury.
  • You have a severe headache behind an eye with redness in that eye.
  • You have a history of immune system disorder or cancer and start to develop a new headache.
  • You experience any of the following along with your headache:
    • Balance loss
    • Confusion
    • Fever
    • Memory loss
    • Nausea
    • Problems moving your limbs
    • Slurred speech
    • Stiff neck
    • Vision changes
    • Vomiting

If possible, take note of the following details so you may mention them to your doctor during your appointment:

  • When your headaches occur
  • Whether noise or light bothers you during headaches
  • How much you slept before your headaches
  • Whether you experience vision changes before or during headaches
  • Food or drink you consumed in the last 24 hours before your headache
  • Any activities you’ve been doing before your headache started
  • Any weather changes at the time of your headaches
  • Any previous headache diagnosis or treatments you’ve tried


What To Expect at Your Doctor’s Visit?

Your doctor will inquire about your personal and family medical history and examine your head, ears, throat, eyes and neck. You will be asked questions related to your headaches. Your doctor may order medical tests such as blood tests, imaging tests or sinus X-rays if they need more information about your condition.

Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers and other medications to relieve your headache. If they don’t work, you may be given prescription medications. Make sure to strictly follow your doctor’s instructions about properly taking these medicines, as overusing them may result in a medication-overuse headache.

Lifestyle and diet changes may be recommended as treatments, such as exercising regularly, eliminating foods that trigger headaches, using relaxation techniques and managing stress. If there is little to no improvement to your headache despite these treatments, you may be referred to a neurologist who will perform neurological examinations to rule out or identify other conditions that may be causing your headache.

Don’t wait too long to call for a doctor’s appointment for your debilitating headache or if you experience other symptoms along with it. See a doctor as soon as you can.


American Headache Society
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Library of Medicine
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs