Certified Primary Stroke Center

Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award


Scottsdale Healthcare’s success in providing excellent, evidence-based stroke care and implementation of quality improvement measures for stroke patients has earned the local nonprofit hospital the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s 2014 Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. It is the fourth consecutive year that Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center has earned the award. 

In addition to the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Award, Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn 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-busting agent tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. 

These awards demonstrate Scottsdale Healthcare’s commitment to providing aggressive, proven stroke care.

Level 1 Primary Stroke Center Designation 

Scottsdale Healthcare’s Osborn Medical Center is a Level 1 Primary Stroke Center, with Disease-specific Certification from the Det Norske Veritas (DNV). 

This recognition comes from the nation’s predominant standard-setting and accrediting body in healthcare, and demonstrates a commitment to excellence in providing stroke care. The designation was conferred in July 2010, after the Stroke Center demonstrated that it meets the required standards for stroke care and patient safety. It reinforces the commitment of the physicians and staff to comply with demonstrated standards that have been shown to improve outcomes for stroke patients. 

Prior to becoming a DNV Healthcare certified Primary Stroke Center, the Stroke Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center was designated as a Primary Stroke Center in May 2005 by the American Stroke Association (ASA). In addition, the program has been recognized by the ASA's Get with the Guidelines program, and received a silver-level award in Spring 2010.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and the number one cause of adult disability according to the American Stroke Association. There are an estimated 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today. Each year, approximately 780,000 people experience a new or recurring stroke. On average in the United States, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and a stroke-related death occurs every 3.1 minutes. 

The doctors and staff at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center collaborate with Emergency Medical Services and regional emergency rooms to ensure prompt identification of symptoms and implement treatment interventions with the goal of reducing the long-term impact of stroke. This dedicated group of professionals is committed to providing the highest level of care to patients with a potential diagnosis of stroke by treating stroke with the same urgency as trauma or chest pain. 


If you’d like more information on stroke or the doctors and services available at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, please call 480-882-4000.