Nurse Joy Dilley, director of stroke coordination at Abrazo Central Campus (formerly Phoenix Baptist Hospital), received the first Outstanding Community Health Leader Award presented by the Phoenix Division of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

“Joy … epitomizes the true meaning of an Outstanding Community Health Leader by advancing the objectives of the American Heart Association and for being a stroke champion as she is personally and professionally invested in improving medical care for stroke patients and raising stroke awareness in Arizona,’’ said Ron Loomis, senior regional director of quality and systems improvement for the American Heart Association.

In addition, Dilley, a board-certified neurovascular registered nurse and a stroke-certified registered nurse, has championed AHA/ASA initiatives such as Sodium Pledge, Go Red For Women and World Stroke Day. She has played a key role in the success of AHA/ASA Stroke Support Network and continues to look for opportunities to speak about AHA’s mission during community events, Loomis said.

Dilley also secured a $15,000 sponsorship for the “Miracle Mile” Stroke Walk from Abrazo Central Campus, which offers comprehensive stroke services and is a certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.



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