HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center receives highest honors in stroke care

The first Primary Stroke Plus accredited hospital in Arizona 

PHOENIX, Ariz. (June 25, 2020) – HonorHealth, a leading Valley healthcare system serving 1.6 million people in the greater Phoenix area, announced today that HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center has received the Primary Stroke Plus (PSC+) accreditation by DNV Healthcare.

This accreditation recognizes hospitals that meet standards to support better outcomes for stroke care. Eligibility standards include a dedicated stroke-focused program and staffing by qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care. Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center is the first hospital in the state of Arizona to receive this accreditation.

“This elevated accreditation allows us to diagnose, treat and support stroke patient who require intensive specialized medical and surgical care, specialized tests and interventional therapies,” said Lauren Schwartz, MSN, NP-C, RNFA, director, inpatient neurosciences at HonorHealth. “In addition, our hospital can be a resource center for other facilities in the region by providing expertise about managing cases, offering guidance for triage of patients, and making diagnostic tests or treatments available to patients who initially sought treatment at a Primary Stroke Center.”

The Primary Plus Stroke Center accreditation requirements are based in whole or in part on the most current recommendations from the Brain Attack Coalition (BAC), American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Conditions of Participation, as well as the World Stroke Association. The hospital meets rigorous standards for performing mechanical endovascular thrombectomy (EVT), a specialized surgical procedure used to remove a blood clot from the brain during an ischemic stroke.

“This is a vital piece to the expansion of our neuroscience services,” said Donna Sells, chief operations officer at HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center. “Our Neuroscience Institute is currently under construction and will be located on the HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center campus. Patients will experience comprehensive, multidisciplinary care in one location including neurological, neurosurgical and support services.”

The Neuroscience Institute building will be complete in spring of 2021.

HonorHealth Deer Valley, Scottsdale Shea and John C. Lincoln medical centers are also accredited Primary Stroke Centers by DNV Healthcare.

About HonorHealth

HonorHealth is a non-profit, local community healthcare system serving an area of 1.6 million people in the greater Phoenix area. The network encompasses five acute-care hospitals, an extensive medical group, outpatient surgery centers, a cancer care network, clinical research, medical education, a foundation and community services with approximately 12,300 employees, 3,700 affiliated physicians and 3,100 volunteers. HonorHealth was formed by a merger between Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network. HonorHealth’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of those we serve. Learn more at HonorHealth.com.