St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center - 100 Great Hospitals in America | 2014

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center (Phoenix). When the Sisters of Mercy first came to Phoenix in 1892, their goal was to start a parish school. But after seeing the suffering of tuberculosis patients, they started a sanitarium three years later that today is known as St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.


The 586-bed hospital, the first-ever in the Phoenix area and one of the primary tertiary centers within San Francisco-based Dignity Health, is perhaps best known as one of the top neurological and neurosurgery hospitals in the country. The Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's offers one of the largest neurosurgery residency programs and has become an international hub for neuroscience research and procedures.

Philanthropist Charles Barrow and John Green, MD, Arizona's first neurosurgeon, founded the Barrow Neurological Institute in 1962. Since then, some of the most innovative research and programs associated with neurology and neurosurgery have been developed at Barrow. The institute has established specialized centers of excellence for stroke, brain tumors, epilepsy, skull base tumors, spinal disorders, pediatric neurology, Parkinson's disease, pituitary disorders and neuroimmunological conditions like multiple scleroris. Barrow records about 10,000 admissions, and its physicians perform 5,000 neurosurgeries every year.

Recognized by Healthgrades and U.S. News & World Report for its neurosciences program, St. Joseph's also was recognized as a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital by Truven Health Analytics. The hospital, which has 4,780 employees, partnered with Omaha, Neb.-based Creighton University in June 2012 to open a regional medical school campus in Phoenix.


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