Northwest Parkinson's Foundation Programs
Parkinson's Care Center
An early mark of
success came in 2000, when NWPF co-founded the BGPCC in partnership with
Evergreen Health in Kirkland. The center is the only multidisciplinary movement
disorder care center in the region, providing a full range of services from
physicians, nurse practitioners, therapists and social workers all under one
roof. Since its founding, the center has grown into a national model for care
and now serves over 4,000 patients each year.
The Center is now operated in whole by Evergreen Health.
Inspiration & Education
Through our quarterly Parkinson's Post newsletter and weekly email updates, NWPF features inspirational
stories of people living with Parkinson's, along with current information on
treatment and care and the latest in clinical research. In addition, over 500
people in rural communities throughout the Northwest participate in our monthly
PD University; Lunchtime Laboratory; and an interactive website featuring
Parkinson's specialists. We also host 10-12 patient education programs annually
on a range of topics to enhance the well-being of patients and caregivers
alike. New to NWPF in 2014 is our client services program, led by MSW Maria
Cole, which includes peer support network opportunities like PD Link Northwest.
Our website (www.nwpf.org) is
updated daily with news and information on Parkinson's and listings of
Parkinson's-specific events and activities occurring throughout the Northwest.
The site also hosts our virtual Wellness Center where patients, families and
caregivers can gain access to information, therapies and professionals and
design and track their own wellness prescription. PDCommunity is an interactive
blog moderated by NWPF Medical Director Dr. Monique Giroux, featuring articles
by nutritionist Dr. Laurie Mischley, cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl and other
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Over the past two years, we have dramatically
increased our capabilities and capacity by adding two critical positions to our
staff – a part-time Medical Director, Dr. Monique Giroux, and full-time Social
Services Manager. These additions have allowed us to deepen our core
capabilities and enable us to broaden our reach into the community. As a
result, we are now reaching more of the Parkinson’s community than ever before.
Demand continues to grow, placing even more emphasis on our ability to reach
more people more effectively in the coming years. As an example of this growing
demand, two recent patient education programs originally slated for 50
participants each ended up hosting 74 and 128 attendees
The addition of Dr. Giroux to our staff has had a profound impact on the
quality of the programs and services we are able to provide to the Northwest
Parkinson’s community. In addition to providing a qualified medical voice to
the planning and implementation of programs and services through our
organization, Dr. Giroux has undertaken an impressive volume of work including:
establishing and maintaining our virtual Wellness Center (www.nwpf.org/Wellness); participating in NWPF’s regional conferences;
conducting a series of Grand Rounds on Parkinson’s care; and moderating NWPF’s
interactive blog PDCommunity.
Coupled with our ability to offer this higher
quality programming to a broader constituency, the addition of Maria Cole, MSW,
has allowed us to work more closely with support groups and social service
agencies, engaging two additional levels of support and expanding the resources
available to the Parkinson’s community.
NWPF offers support group facilitator training, psychosocial support at
educational programs, and limited case management and counseling to patients
NWPF is a founding partner with Evergreen Healthcare, of the
Booth Gardner Parkinson's Care Center. The Center provides a multi-disciplinary
approach to care and treatment of Parkinson's disease and is the only
Parkinson's specialty care center in this part of the nation.
NWPF is providing quality services to patients and caregivers. Their focus is
on quality of life for people suffering from Parkinson's rather than finding a
cure for Parkinson's. They have been successful in building awareness of
Parkinson's and developing resources to support patients and families.
NWPF presents the annual HOPE Conference on Parkinson’s in partnership with
other local organizations. Now in its 13th year, the conference is
the largest gathering of its kind in the Northwest, drawing 650 attendees from
10 states and featuring national exerts in living well with Parkinson’s.
Additionally, NWPF presents an annual
conference that rotates among Spokane, WA, Boise ID, and Montana. NWPF collaborates with local organizations
and healthcare providers to provide meaningful needs based on educational
opportunities in these more rural areas.
Northwest Parkinson's Foundation (NWPF) provides resources and support for people living with Parkinson's disease.