Recognized Stroke Center of Excellence

TMC earns honors from HFAP (Primary Stroke Certification) and 'Get with the Guidelines' (Stroke GOLD PLUS Quality Award)

Tucson Medical Center has been awarded Primary Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, nationally recognized accreditation authority.

It earned this distinction after HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the hospital’s stroke program.
“Tucson Medical Center has proven their dedication in achieving excellence in stroke care,” said Michael Zarski, CEO of HFAP. “Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and the leading cause of adult disability.  Providing patients who have suffered a stroke with a continuum of care that is prompt and effective, can have a positive effect on the quality of their lives in the future.”

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. 


TMC earns Heart/Stroke Association GOLD PLUS Award

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. More information is available through the association site,

TMC's stroke care is part of the vast array of neurological services offered to residents of Southern Arizona.

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