TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Stroke care provided at Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the eighth consecutive year.
St. Joseph's Hospital also recently received recertification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center from The Joint Commission. These recognitions highlight Carondelet Health Network's commitment to providing high quality stroke care for Southern Arizona through the Carondelet Neurological Institute.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
With stroke teams available 24 hours a day, the Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital is dedicated to the treatment of neurological disorders and injuries by offering highly specialized, compassionate care.
The Get With The Guidelines award acknowledges Carondelet St. Joseph's ability to ensure stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
St. Joseph's Hospital also qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient's arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
"Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients," said Misty Thompson, stroke coordinator at the Carondelet Neurological Institute. We are prepared 24 hours a day, seven days a week to rapidly diagnose and treat stroke patients. We base our care on the most recent literature and research to ensure that our patients have the best possible outcome.
"Most recently, based on the latest AHA/ASA recommendations, we have even extended our treatment window for clot retrieval. Our team of neurologists and other specialists work collaboratively to provide personalized, compassionate care to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients."