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Carondelet Neurological Institute Honored for Second Consecutive Year

With National Award for Quality Stroke Care  

Institute Designated as AHA/ASA “Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus” Honoree  


Tucson, Ariz. – June 12, 2012 – Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital is being honored by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) program for the second consecutive year for providing excellent stroke care to patients. The Institute and the hospital are recipients of the AHA/ASA Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

“There is no greater commitment among our team at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and throughout Carondelet Health Network, than to ensure we strive for excellence and provide the highest quality care possible to Tucsonans,” said Mary Henrikson, Senior Vice President and CEO of Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital. “At St. Joseph’s, our physician partners at the Institute and our care teams throughout the hospital work together toward that goal each and every day.”

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States.1

On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes.2 “At Carondelet Neurological Institute, we recognize ‘time is brain.’ We want our community to understand the significance of a brain attack the same way they think of a heart attack, and act accordingly and immediately to seek help,” said L. Rod Anderson, Medical Director of the Carondelet Neurological Institute’s Stroke Program.  

The Institute has also been placed on AHA/ASA’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll. This honor is awarded to hospitals in which emergency teams are able to provide acute ischemic stroke patients IV t-PA treatment in 60 minutes or less of arrival at least 50 percent of the time. 

Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital is a Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center, as is its sister facility, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital, which also received the Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Award this year. Both Carondelet hospitals are being lauded by AHA/ASA for their commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. 

To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, Carondelet Neurological Institute achieved two or more consecutive 12-month intervals of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and achieved at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures during that same period of time, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

1, 2 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Carondelet Health Network, located in Tucson, Arizona, is a Catholic, nonprofit health care system dedicated to responding to the health care needs of Southern Arizonans. With a Mission to Heal, Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 130 years ago. Carondelet Health Network facilities include Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute and Carondelet Neurological Institute on the campus of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona. Other Carondelet services include nearly fourteen Carondelet Medical Group primary care locations, three Carondelet Specialist Group offices, an ambulatory surgery center and various outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit health care system. In Fiscal Year 2010, Carondelet provided nearly $50 million (8.3 percent of its net revenue) in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to health care. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at


About Get With The Guidelines: Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.  For more information, visit