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The Barrow Difference

Stroke Prevention Clinic

The Petznick Stroke Center offers a monthly Stroke Prevention Clinic to help individuals understand and manage their risk factors. Each patient receives an in-depth assessment, educational materials, and access to additional support and resources for managing their stroke risk. 


The Petznick Stroke Center is nationally certified by The Joint Commission. Additionally, we hold a Primary Stroke Center certification from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. 

This certification recognizes hospitals with state-of-the-art infrastructure, experienced staff with unique education, and competency standards to receive and treat patients with strokes. It is a testament to our ability meet stroke center standards and requirements. These include advanced imaging capabilities and 24/7 availability of subspecialized treatment.  

Our Stroke Center also received 2020 Get With The Guidelines Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. They included the Gold Plus Quality Achievement, Target: Stroke Honor Roll, and Target: Stroke Advanced Therapy awards. These top honors highlight our adherence to achievement measures and our commitment to reducing treatment times.

We also voluntarily enter our clinical data into the Get With The Guidelines public reporting website and report outcomes for cases and procedures at our hospital. Our dedication to quality improvement and transparency by publicly reporting our outcomes sets us apart from other stroke centers. 

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Neuro-Rehabilitation & Neuro-Robotics

Neuro-rehabilitation is key to stroke recovery. Our CARF-accredited Neuro-Rehabilitation Center offers inpatient, outpatient, and transitional rehabilitation programs. We proudly lead the neuro-rehabilitation industry in the use of neuro-robotics. These cutting-edge technologies have allowed patients to reach new heights in function and independence. 

The Barrow Difference – Stroke Program

At the Petznick Stroke Center, we offer the complete spectrum of stroke care—from the pre-hospital setting to reintegration into the community after stroke. Our comprehensive services and multidisciplinary team approach allow us to meet the unique needs of each patient. 

Our specialists include:

  • Board-Certified Vascular Neurologists
  • Care Coordinators
  • Cerebrovascular Neurosurgeons
  • Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurses (CNRN)
  • Endovascular Neurosurgeons
  • Interventional Neurologist
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Radiologic Technologists
  • Rehabilitation Physicians
  • Speech Therapists
  • Stroke Certified Registered Nurses (SCRN)
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Mobile Stroke Unit

Barrow is home to the first mobile stroke unit in the country to operate around the clock in a city with a population greater than 1 million. We launched the Barrow Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit in 2017 in partnership with the Phoenix Fire Department. Their 911 dispatchers deploy the unit whenever they receive a call about a possible stroke within the unit’s response radius. 

Our mobile stroke unit is staffed with a trained stroke team and functions like an emergency room on wheels. It is equipped with a portable lab, computed tomography (CT) scanner, and clot-dissolving drugs. The stroke team connects with an on-call vascular neurologist via telemedicine and can begin treatment on scene.

Take the Next Step

Call (602) 406-6262 to request more information or an appointment, or view our specialty-trained neurologists.