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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About Carondelet Health Network

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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News & Announcements

Neurological Institute opens study of brain aneurysm stent

Aug 4, 2020

TUCSON – Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital is now participating in a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a new stent used to treat brain aneurysms, which can lead to hemorrhagic stroke. The new study opened in July, and St. Joseph’s Hospital is one of a select number of sites to participate in the trial in the U.S.


The research study will collect data on the use of a new stent designed to treat patients 18 years or older with brain aneurysms.

evolve-clinic-300x200-news-releasePhysicians at the Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital will evaluate the Surpass Evolve Flow Diverter System in the treatment of unruptured, wide-neck intracranial aneurysms located on the internal carotid artery or its branches. Flow diverters will help physicians to treat their patients suffering from brain aneurysms without entering the sac of the aneurysm itself.

“Our intent is to not only provide the highest level of care to the patients we serve here in Tucson, but to demonstrate leadership in the trial and share the learnings from our experience all over the world,” said Dr. Alexander Coon, Carondelet’s director of endovascular and cerebrovascular neurosurgery.

The FDA trial is set to be the one of largest prospective cerebral aneurysm stent trials to date, according to Dr. Coon. The study is taking place at only 40 sites in the United States, Canada and Australia.

“Through the years, our Carondelet Neurological Institute has committed to clinical excellence, innovation, research, education and outstanding patient care,” said St. Joseph’s Hospital Chief Operating Officer Dr. Nikki Castel. “We are proud of the entire Neurological Institute for bringing new, life saving technology to our community.”

St. Joseph’s Hospital is a primary stroke center and site of the Carondelet Neurological Institute, with additional programs for brain and spine tumors, balance and vestibular disorders, rehabilitation, education and support. The hospital offers advanced brain and spine care services, from diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation, a dedicated neurological critical-care unit.

For more information on brain and spine services available through the Carondelet Neurological Institute, click here.