Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital Celebrates Defining Achievement
Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital continues to establish itself as a world-class, fully integrated resource for neurological care in Southern Arizona. The facility was recertified by The Joint Commission on September 24, 2011 as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Carondelet Neurological Institute (CNI) first earned its Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission in July 2009.

Being recertification by The Joint Commission with “no deficiencies” is a rare and defining achievement. It means that -- at every level, in every department, throughout the hospital – clinicians are working seamlessly to perform at the highest level in stroke care.

“This is truly a team approach,” notes L. Roderick Anderson, M.D., stroke specialist at the Institute and Medical Director of Carondelet St. Joseph’s Stroke Program. “It includes professionals working in concert throughout the hospital, including our Emergency Department, lab, pharmacy, radiology, ICU. It’s a tribute to the dedication of our nurses, hospitalists, interventionalists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and rehabilitative therapists. That’s what impresses me the most at our hospital -- the commitment of the people, at every level. They make this work so well.”

The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest accrediting body in healthcare. Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided in the United States through its accreditation efforts of more than 19,000 healthcare organizations. In addition, The Joint Commission provides certification of more than 1,000 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers and healthcare staffing services. Two Carondelet hospitals in Tucson are certified as Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission… St. Mary’s Hospital received its original certification in July 2010, one year after CNI/St. Joseph’s.

“As you might imagine, we are very proud of this recertification and the many other milestones we have achieved at Carondelet Neurological Institute,” notes Robert P. Goldfarb, MD and Chairman of the Institute. “We have made a commitment to bring Tucson and Southern Arizona the highest quality care for stroke and most other neurological illnesses and injuries. We believe our efforts, along with the support of our donors, the commitment of our community partners and the leadership of Carondelet Health Network have helped the Institute ‘raise the bar’ with regard to the kind of neurological care that is available to residents in Southern Arizona.”

“The physicians, nurses and associates at St. Joseph’s Hospital and throughout our Network can celebrate this extraordinary achievement,” adds Mark Gregson, CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital. “We know that the care we provide on our campus and at Carondelet’s specialized institutes, our sister hospitals, and within our primary and specialty care practices is top notch. Our devotion to providing compassionate, high quality care is reflected in our work every day and in our mission to carry on a 131-year healthcare legacy in Tucson and Southern Arizona.”

Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital has celebrated many milestones since the facility opened in January 2008.

• St. Joseph's Hospital/CNI Stroke Center is the only hospital in Tucson that has received the Gold Plus Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Award for care of stroke patients in 2011. (This distinction is awarded for stroke centers throughout the country participating in American Heart association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines program.)

• The BrainSuite iCT was the first of its kind in North America and represented a significant advancement to the world’s only other BrainSuite iCT, located, at that time, in Singapore.

• The new surgical suites have enabled CNI to achieve one of the lowest “re-operation” rates in the nation for spinal fusions. The national average is approximately 5 percent, yet the CNI is consistently maintaining a rate of less than ½ of 1 percent.

• In May 2011, CNI held it’s first-ever Carondelet Neurological Symposium, which attracted over 300 attendees from throughout the state and region for advanced education and training.

• In keeping with a commitment to community education, CNI has founded Brain Academy. Conducted in conjunction with Tucson Unified School District, students (nominated by their principal), visit the CNI and have the opportunity to shadow one of our neurosurgeons or neurologists; interact with nurses and staff; and attend a symposium.

• Medical teams from as far away as Australia and Brazil, along with staff from institutions such as Johns Hopkins, have toured CNI. Subsequently, Johns Hopkins adopted its fully integrated BrainSuite iCT technology for neurosurgery and credits Carondelet Neurological Institute as the model it emulated for construction.

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About Carondelet Health Network
Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, nonprofit healthcare system dedicated to responding to the health, prevention, education and wellness needs of Southern Arizonans. Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 131 years ago. Carondelet’s Tucson facilities include St. Mary's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute and Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and in Nogales, Arizona, Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital. Carondelet family of services also include nearly 20 primary and specialty care offices, two ambulatory surgery centers, four imaging centers, Hospice and Palliative Care, and a variety of other outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit healthcare system. In Fiscal Year 2010, Carondelet provided nearly $50 million (8.3 percent of its net revenue) in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to healthcare. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at www.carondelet.org.