Barrow to Change Landscape of Stroke Care in Valley with $375,000 Gift from Thunderbirds

Barrow Neurological Foundation at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center secured a $375,000 donation from Thunderbirds Charities directed toward the purchase of the Valley’s first Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit — a specialized ambulance outfitted with medical equipment essential for emergency diagnosis and treatment of strokes.

“We are extremely grateful for the Thunderbirds’ support of this revolutionary new approach to treating strokes,” said Stephen Papadopoulos, MD, neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute. “One never knows when a loved one will suffer a stroke, but when they do, it’s critical they receive treatment as quickly as possible.”

Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of adult disability. The Barrow Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit will help to get “clot-busting” drugs to patients more quickly, increasing their odds of survival without severe complications.

Thunderbirds Charities has a 20-year-plus legacy of supporting research and programs of care at Barrow, including gifts contributed to the Barrow Neuro-Rehabilitation Center, Ashlyn Dyer Aquatic Center and the Cleft and Craniofacial Center and to several fundraisers benefiting Barrow.