Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing someone every three minutes. It is the leading cause of long-term disability among adults. However, with prompt treatment, there is hope.
Complete stroke care available at a moment’s notice
Strokes most often strike without warning. Patients who receive a proper diagnosis and treatment within a short period of time following the appearance of stroke symptoms have the best chance for survival and recovery.
That’s why our Stroke Center provides comprehensive, acute stroke diagnosis and treatment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Brain Attack Response Team includes a group of specially trained physicians and nurses who respond within minutes to a stroke patient at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital. The team quickly assesses the patient using the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale and helps determine the best course of emergent treatment for the stroke patient.
Members of the Brain Attack Response Team coordinate with other hospital specialty staff using the latest guidelines and protocols for treating stroke patients. When time is of the essence, this quick response team can make all the difference.
Expert care that meets national standards
The Stroke Center has been Certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, currently one of only three such centers in Tucson and one of only ten throughout Arizona. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that certifies healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. Certification indicates that we are a leader in the implementation of national standards for stroke care, from initial diagnosis and acute treatment on through rehabilitation, patient education and support. We are proud to provide our stroke patients with comprehensive care tailored to their unique needs.
From hospital to home – the full range of care in one location
A stroke is a frightening and often life-threatening condition. Patients and their family members don’t need the added burden of having to search for the care they need. The Stroke Center was designed with this in mind. On the campus of St. Joseph’s Hospital, patients can receive the total continuum of care. Starting with the Emergency Center staffed with individuals experienced in diagnosing stroke with state-of-the-art neurological imaging, and continuing with critical care treatment and re-entry into the community with ongoing support and education. The Stroke Center is staffed with neurologists and neurosurgeons at all times. In addition, a new interventional neuroradiology suite is available to provide stroke patients with additional non-surgical treatment options.
While in the hospital, patients are cared for in a dedicated neurological center with a specialized neurocritical care facility. This center consists of all private care rooms and is the largest, most comprehensive in Southern Arizona. It is staffed by clinicians skilled in monitoring and treating patients with neurological conditions. Patients can receive all three levels of care: critical, step down, and medical/surgical within one area of the hospital.
Within the Inpatient Center, an area has been set aside for family members to rest, shower and eat meals. These amenities enable family members to stay near their loved ones and remain involved in their care. Neurological case managers counsel patients and family members during the hospital stay and help them arrange for care and support after hospitalization.
While hospitalized, stroke patients begin receiving neurological rehabilitation immediately to help re-learn lost skills and adapt positively to a new disability. Rehabilitation continues on an outpatient basis following discharge from the hospital. In addition, the Stroke Center offers community support groups and classes for patients and their family.
A specially trained team of medical professionals
Providing the proper care to stroke patients requires teamwork. The Joint Commission-certified Stroke Center is staffed by experienced physicians and clinicians trained to care for patients with neurological conditions. The Center’s Medical Director is a Vascular Neurologist and the Program Coordinator is a registered nurse with specialized training in stroke care. The team includes critical care nurses and medical nursing staff, who have specialized training in the treatment of stroke patients, along with nurse practitioners and a variety of therapists, social workers and rehabilitation specialists. Our medical team is committed to working together to deliver quality care customized to each patient’s needs.
For more information or for your physician to make a referral, please call (520) 873-3333.