University Medical Center Tucson Earns Comprehensive Stroke Center Status

University Medical Center Tucson Earns Comprehensive Stroke Center Status TrialsiteN

Banner-University Medical Center Tucson has earned comprehensive stroke certification from the Joint Commission. They now offer the first Joint Commission certified comprehensive stroke center in Tucson and joins Banner—University Medical Center Phoenix as the second Joint Commission comprehensive stroke center in the state.

Collaboration with American Heart Association & American Stroke Association

The effort was a result of a collaboration with both the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The certification recognizes the center’s ability to treat the most complex stroke patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, reports Vascular Disease Management.

Clinical Research Enhanced

The comprehensive stroke center enables B-UMCT to bring together Banner-University Medicine and the University of Arizona Health Sciences to offer specialized cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, multidisciplinary trained physicians, nurses and staff, neuro-intensive care units, advanced imaging, post-hospital care and access to stroke research and clinical trials and other research.

Lead Research/Contact

Chelsea S. Kidwell, MD, Banner-University Medicine neurologist, medical director of B-UMCT Stroke Center, UA professor of neurology and medical imaging and the vice chair of neurology research.

Banner-University Medical Center Tucson and South

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South are part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network. These institutions are academic medical centers for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Included on the two campuses are Banner Children’s Diamond Children’s Medical Center and many clinics. The two academic medical centers are part of Arizona-based Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, please visit: or

University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Tucson and Phoenix), Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs nearly 5,000 people, has approximately 900 faculty members and garners $200 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information, visit here.