Famed House Clinic joins Providence Health & Services

November 03, 2016

Providence Health & Services, Southern California has finalized its affiliation with the renowned House Clinic, a leader in ear and skull-based surgery that is recognized for pioneering research and training programs.

House Clinic, founded 60 years ago, will enhance the neuroscience specialty throughout Providence, one of the nation’s largest Catholic not-for-profit health care systems. A new clinical program in neurotology, a subspecialty that includes surgery of the ear and skull base, as well as the medical treatment of hearing loss and ear disease, will be added. It will involve nationally-recognized clinicians, a fellowship program and innovative clinical research.

This new affiliation will enable Providence clinicians to access House Clinic’s clinical expertise, clinical trials and fellowship programs through collaboration and telehealth technology. The affiliation will help Providence meet the needs of the communities it serves across Southern California.

House Clinic will continue its historic relationship with St. Vincent Medical Center, part of the Verity Health System, and will maintain a location in downtown Los Angeles. Under the new agreement, plans call for one of the Providence Southern California medical centers to serve as the new hub, with satellite locations and hearing aid dispensary sites throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area, Orange County, Bakersfield, the West Coast and beyond.

Providence and House Clinic will partner in clinical research, education and community outreach. House also operates outreach clinics in Hawaii, Palm Springs and Singapore.

House Clinic’s research has resulted in these milestones:

  • Founder in microscopic ear and skull-based surgery
  • First cochlear implant system
  • First digital hearing aid
  • First auditory brainstem implant
  • First functional hearing test
  • Human cell lines for auditory research

House Clinic has grown to include 10 physicians – seven neurotologists, including an otolaryngic allergist; two neurosurgeons; and an otolaryngologist who is a specialist in dizziness and balance –and 19 audiologists.

Providence sought the affiliation to support its Neuroscience Clinical Institute development, expanding the specialties available to patients throughout the region and beyond.

As part of the affiliation, Providence will partner with House to continue their work with UCLA Health to support House Clinic’s Neurotology fellowship and research program at UCLA and the newly renamed House Children’s Hearing Center of UCLA with Providence.