This past August full-time neurology services became available on the Palouse at the new Palouse Neurology clinic thanks to a regional partnership between Gritman Medical Center and Pullman Regional Hospital. The clinic is operated by Palouse Specialty Physicians and staffed by Dr. Sarita Said-Said.
Dr. Said-Said is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She studied at University of Carabobo School of Medicine, performed her residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine, and completed her fellowship at the University of California Irvine.
She recently took a few moments to discuss the new clinic and her first impressions of the Palouse.
1. What do full-time neurology services mean for the region?
There is an increasing demand for neurologists in the U.S., and patients often face long wait times or have difficulty finding a neurologist. Having neurology in the region will help alleviate the struggle patients go through to access neurological care, and it will also help improve the quality of life in our community by providing timely evaluation and treatment.
The Palouse region is blessed to have highly trained health care providers and a community that cares and strives to live a well-rounded and healthy life.
2. How much of a need is there for the clinic?
I have been fortunate to meet patients coming from Moscow and Pullman, and surrounding cities and towns like Colton, Lewiston, Clarkston, Spokane and others. Some patients have driven over two to three hours to attend their appointments. In many cases, the commute for patients could be longer and more cumbersome, or wait times be much longer, if they needed to go to Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Clarkston or Seattle for their general neurological care. Additionally, I am the only neuromuscular medicine specialist in the region, outside Spokane and Seattle, and I am happy to be able to provide the much-needed care to patients afflicted by neuromuscular conditions.
3. How has your transition to the Palouse gone?
The transition has been an easy one for my fiancé and me. We had a warm welcoming by the staff at both hospitals and the community in general. Everybody has been very kind and helpful and has made sure we feel part of the community. We have already met wonderful people who we consider true friends and family. We are constantly exploring the area and its charm, its nature, cuisine, and mingling with people! We love the farmers market, and it has been a fixed activity in our calendars every Saturday.
4. What are your impressions of health care in the area?
I am very grateful to the area medical community for giving me the opportunity to join them and for receiving me so well. It has been a wonderful experience and I look forward to serving the community and creating memories.
Being able to join this community and contribute to its growth is a pleasure and a privilege.
The new Palouse Neurology clinic is located in Moscow at 2400 W. A St., Suite G. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 208-813-7519