Tucson Medical Center is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center providing the highest level of stroke care availalbe to the people of Southern Arizona. The certification is from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, or HFAP, an independent, nationally recognized accreditation authority.
TMC has earned this distinction after HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the hospital’s stroke program.Comprehensive Stroke Centers provide care for complex stroke patients. Their infrastructure includes advanced treatments in key areas such as neurology, neurosurgery and neuroradiology.
The HFAP stroke certification program has based its standards on evidence from the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Heart/Stroke Association. These standards are requirements to provide hospitals with the tools for education and support regarding stroke prevention, care and recovery within their communities.
The HFAP is a nonprofit, nationally recognized accreditation organization. It has been accrediting healthcare facilities for more than 60 years and under Medicare since its inception. Its mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards. Its accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations and insurance companies.
Tucson Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll. These designations recognize commitment and success in implementing stroke care that meets strict criteria.
TMC is a designated by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level 3 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Level 3 comprehensive epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and resources to provide the highest level of medical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
Tucson Medical Center is considered a regional leader in spine surgery, with specialists performing around 1,000 spine operations per year. National organizations have taken notice of TMC's neurological surgery program; CareChex ranked the hospital among the top 25 institutions in the country for neurological surgery in 2018. Stroke care is another focus for TMC's neuroscience department, which boasts Tucson's only comprehensive stroke center with 24/7 coverage. In addition to the recognitions listed above, TMC also has a robust brain tumor program, and the Center for Neurosciences worked with the hospital to develop the Brain Tumor Hotline for newly diagnosed patients.