Carondelet Health Network has opened its Carondelet Neurological Institute, treating stroke, head and spine injuries, tumors and other neurological illnesses and conditions.

It's the first facility in Southern Arizona to offer "a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary and integrated delivery approach for the treatment of neurological conditions and illnesses," a release said. "The institute pairs medical advances and state-of-the-art technology."

Previously, hundreds of neurological patients have been transported out of Southern Arizona, to Phoenix and other locations, to receive specialized care. In the case of stroke and neurological injuries, "time can make a significant difference in treatment, recovery and even death," the release said.

"Neurological care has been the single largest gap in healthcare services in Southern Arizona," said Dr. Robert Goldfarb, neurosurgical consultant. "Carondelet Neurological Institute combines world-class technology together with the comprehensive patient care already offered at Carondelet hospitals."

Housed in two buildings on St. Joseph's Hospital campus, the institute offers three new neurosurgical suites, including a two-room iCT suite by BrainLAB – the first of its kind in North America. The suites provide high-speed, high-resolution, real-time 3-D imagery of the brain and spine during an operation, "allowing for the highest level of precision possible," the release said.

The facility also has 42 private suites, including 12 critical care neuro-beds, all with state-of-the-art technology.

"This is a monumental milestone in Carondelet's continuing mission to meet the healthcare needs of our community," said Ruth W. Brinkley, CEO and president of Carondelet Health Network.

Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, nonprofit healthcare system. Carondelet facilities include Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, and Tucson Heart Hospital in Pima County, and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Santa Cruz County. More information is available at http://www.carondelet.org">www.carondelet.org.

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