Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital is now a Primary Plus Stroke Center

stroke-2022Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital is now a Primary Plus Stroke Center, reflecting the hospital’s investment in neuroscience talent and capabilities. The certification affirms that St. Mary's Hospital goes beyond the requirements of a primary stroke center, with the addition of training, equipment, experience, and personnel for performing thrombectomies and post-care for the treatment of acute ischemic strokes. It is based on standards created by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and granted by DNV GL Healthcare, a certification body operating in more than 100 countries. Thank you to our dedicated physicians, nurses and staff who truly make us A Community Built on Care.

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Carondelet Health Network has been committed to providing Southern Arizona with a full spectrum of high-quality, cost-effective care and improving the health of patients we serve for more than 135 years. That commitment continues across our network comprised of Marana Hospital, St. Raphael’s Emergency Center, St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, Carondelet Neurological Institute, Carondelet Heart and Vascular Institute, as well as physician offices and other centers throughout the Tucson, Green Valley and Nogales areas.

Our network is recognized for a wide array of services that include neurological, cardiac, orthopedic, women’s health, bariatrics and rehab care. Carondelet is recognized as Southern Arizona’s only Catholic hospital system. Our care and compassion extends from our associates, to our patients, their families and our entire community.

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Early detection key to treating breast cancer

Oct 2, 2020

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, know your risk factors

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TUCSON – October is breast cancer awareness month and Carondelet Health Network reminds women in the community that it’s important to schedule regular mammograms and understand the risks of breast cancer.

As a breast cancer survivor herself, Dr. Karen Hendershott, medical director at St. Mary’s Hospital Breast Center understands the experience patients go through when scheduling mammograms and learning their diagnosis.

“There are many fears about breast cancer and misunderstandings about the real risk,” Dr. Hendershott said. “Many people believe that you have to have a family history of breast cancer to get mammograms and that is not true.”

Nearly 85 percent of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 1 in every 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, resulting in over 41,000 deaths each year.

“It is important to know how your body and breasts should look and feel,” Dr. Hendershott said. “The most prominent signs of breast cancer may be a change in breast size, pain in the breast area, discharge, or a lump in the breast or underarm.”

Every woman should perform breast self-exams at home and keep an eye out for abnormalities and schedule regular screenings. Early diagnosis of breast cancer and many other types of cancer can greatly increase the chance of a successful treatment.

“Whether you are at an increased risk for cancer, or you just missed your regular screening mammogram due to COVID-19, now is the time to call your physician and get back on the schedule,” Dr. Hendershott said.

For more information on The Breast Center at St. Mary’s Hospital, click here.