Banner Boswell Medical Center has a longstanding history of treating stroke patients in Sun City, Ariz. and neighboring communities.
We are a certified Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center, recognition of our features of excellence that include:
- state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment technologies
- a specialized stroke unit
- a team of neurologists and specially trained nurses
- services from the onset of stroke through recovery.
There are two kinds of stroke or “brain attack.” The most common type of stroke seen in 85 to 90 percent of patients is an ischemic stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel supplying oxygen to a part of the brain becomes blocked.
A treatment called t-PA is an option for some ischemic stroke patients that, in some cases, can reverse the damaging effects of a stroke if administered within three hours of the stroke’s onset. Banner Boswell Medical Center was one of the first centers in Arizona to offer this advanced “clot-busting” drug.
The remaining 10 to 15 percent are hemorrhagic strokes, which occur when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or blood leaks into the brain from a blood vessel. This type of stroke may cause increased pressure on the brain, so immediate medical attention is necessary.
In 2014, Banner Boswell Medical Center received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.
For our patients, these measures, which include aggressive use of medications and therapies aimed at reducing death and disability, translate to improved quality of life.
Banner Boswell Medical Center also received the Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke and who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.