BUCMT Stroke Center
Disorders and Services
Ischemic Stroke, Transient Ischemic Attacks, Intracerebral Hemorrhage, Carotid Stenosis, Aneurysms and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Vascular Malformations of the Brain and Spinal Cord
Overview and Mission
Banner University Medical Center Tucson in partnership with the University of Arizona provides comprehensive and coordinated stroke care for members of our community. As the only academic medical center in Southern Arizona, we have assembled a multidisciplinary team to provide state of the art management of patients with stroke and cerebrovascular diseases.
In 2009, our facility received Joint Commission Stroke Center Certification, Southern Arizona's first certified primary stroke center. The mission of the Stroke Center is to provide age appropriate, culturally sensitive, evidence-based stroke care; to individualize care to meet the needs of each patient and family; to collaborate with other health care professionals and ancillary services to achieve the best outcomes; and to engage in clinical stroke research.
Hospital Services for Stroke
The BUMCT Stroke Program brings together the combined expertise of a multidisciplinary team, including stroke neurologists, neurocritical care specialists, neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons, neuroradiologists, emergency physicians, therapists, pharmacists and specialty trained nurses. Available services include administration of intravenous tPA (clot-busting medicine) and mechanical clot retrieval for acute ischemic stroke, neurosurgical and vascular procedures, medication management for stroke prevention, and rehabilitation services.
BUMCT has a dedicated stroke unit and neurocritical care unit, and a cutting edge neuroimaging center which includes multimodal CT scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic resonance angiography, digital angiography, as well as carotid Duplex and Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound.
As a Joint Commission Certified Stroke Program, we utilize specific stroke protocols and monitor our outcomes to meet performance measures of success. Our stroke program has been recognized by the American Heart/ American Stroke Association for our care and outcomes with the Gold Plus Target Stroke Honor Roll.
Outpatient (Clinic) Services for Stroke
BUMCT coordinates care through our dedicated Stroke Clinics at our brand new North Campus clinic facility. Patients are referred to the Stroke Clinic for stroke-like symptoms, stroke prevention, follow-up care after discharge from the hospital, or for stroke rehabilitation. Our Stroke Nurse Navigator facilitates all aspects of care coordination.
The Stroke Program provides education to the patient, family/caregivers, healthcare professionals, and the community. Patient education begins in the hospital and focuses on knowledge of their current condition, risk factors for stroke and TIA, and their readiness for discharge. BUMCT offers stroke education events for the public and provides ongoing stroke education for healthcare professionals. The Stroke Program also provides stroke-specific training opportunities for medical students, residents, fellows and nurses.
Chelsea S. Kidwell, MD - Director
Kendra Drake, MD - Co-Medical Director
Bruce Coull, MD
Ealaf AlRabia, MD
Mohammad El-Ghanem, MD