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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.

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New Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Carondelet Health Network offer additional treatment options for seizure disorders

Apr 18, 2023

Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital to address growing demand for epilepsy and neurological services

TUCSON – The community need for epilepsy and neurology services continues to grow throughout the southern Arizona region. To meet this need and better serve the healthcare needs of the area, Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital has introduced a dedicated unit for epilepsy monitoring.

Media is invited to witness hospital leadership, staff, and the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce host an event to celebrate the opening of St. Joseph’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

Event Details:
St. Joseph’s Hospital | Chapel Courtyard
Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.
350 N. Wilmot Road, Tucson, AZ 85711

The new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) consists of two dedicated private rooms that will provide specialized care and monitoring for epilepsy patients to determine the type and frequency of seizures, and the site of onset. The state-of-the-art EMU will be equipped with Video-EEG monitoring equipment to provide the health network’s epileptology and neurology doctors with 24 hour continuous observation. Video-EEG monitoring is critical to determine if surgery could be an effective treatment for those whose seizures are not controlled with medications.

“Identifying the most appropriate treatment plan for you or your family member starts with a thorough evaluation and diagnosis. With this added technology, we will not only be able to evaluate seizure disorders, but also create individualized and comprehensive treatment plans to reduce and provide answers about the seizure activity patients’ experience,” said Dr. Kendra Drake, medical director for the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

The population with the largest growth in epilepsy is for people 65 or older, due to the aging of the U.S. population and increases in life expectancy. As the population suffering from epilepsy or other neurological conditions continues to grow, Carondelet Health Network will continue to advance care and technology in the neuroscience specialty.

“Establishing an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit within St. Joseph’s Hospital further specializes and enhances the care we are able to provide our patients,” said Monica Vargas-Mahar, Carondelet Health Network’s market chief executive officer. “We are committed to providing our patients – our families, friends, and loved ones -- with specialized care across southern Arizona.”

For more information on the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, visit https://www.carondelet.org/services/neurology/the-epilepsy-monitoring-unit.