Being honored for providing excellent care is the best recognition a hospital can get and Carondelet’s Tucson hospitals continue to receive valuable recognition each year from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). The “Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award” was bestowed on St. Mary’s Hospital for the third consecutive year and St. Joseph’s Hospital, home of the Carondelet Neurological Institute, for the fourth consecutive year. The two hospitals, both Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Centers, also earned the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Award for the third consecutive year. Both awards are historically given to the highest performing Stroke Centers in the country. These awards recognize Carondelet hospitals’ commitment to exceptional care for their stroke patients by the adherence to the latest evidence-based guidelines based on the latest scientific research.   

The Guidelines were established by the AHA/ASA in 2003 and were designed to improve “stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines,” according to the AHA/ASA.  Participating hospitals enroll in the program and submit data through a web-based Patient Management Tool™ provided by the AHA/ASA, which is then evaluated to determine both the hospital’s baseline and improvements. Hospitals receive these quality awards based on adherence to the quality metrics for a designated time. Carondelet Tucson hospitals have received the Gold Plus and Target Stroke Honor Roll recognition for their ongoing focus on quality stroke care. 

“We couldn’t be more pleased with this recognition,” stated Dr. L. Roderick Anderson, MD, medical director of the Stroke Program at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital. “These awards validate the hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses and highlight the commitment that Carondelet has for stroke care in Southern Arizona. In particular, the Target: Stroke Honor Roll award achieved earlier this year at St. Joseph’s is very gratifying because it reflects new challenging guidelines in treating stroke patients rapidly.”