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Florida Medical Center Named Reader’s Choice for Stroke Hospital by City News Magazine

Mar 3, 2020
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (June 4, 2015) - Due to the hospital’s high level of care and ongoing efforts to educate the community on stroke prevention, Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore receives recognition as the 2015 Readers’ Choice for Stroke Hospital by City News magazine.

As a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center, Florida Medical Center follows national standards and guidelines that may significantly improve the outcomes of the most complex stroke cases. The American Stroke Association recommends that patients receive tPA treatment for ischemic stroke within 60 minutes of their arrival. This is called the “door to needle” time. Florida Medical Center’s average door to needle time is 31.2 minutes, nearly 50% faster than other Florida hospitals.*

“One of the main goals of our stroke program is to teach people how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke so they can seek treatment immediately,” said Gabrielle Finley-Hazle, CEO of Florida Medical Center. “It is an honor to be acknowledged for our efforts, and we will continue to prove ourselves as a leading stroke hospital in Broward County.”

Florida Medical Center has implemented numerous campaigns in collaboration with EMS to reduce treatment times and create better outcomes for stroke patients. In addition, the hospital encourages its employees and the community to join its online Stroke Smart Pledge to further promote awareness about this disease. Florida Medical Center was recently recognized by the American Heart Association with the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus.

Florida Medical Center is also part of the Advanced Neuroscience Network (ANN), which is designed to work with specially trained physicians to offer the most advanced prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation methods for patients suffering from neurological issues. 

ANN stroke centers have saved many lives due to their talented neuroscience teams and access to some of the most innovative diagnostic and interventional technology available to date.

One of the most important factors in positive stroke outcomes is recognizing stroke warning signs and getting the patient to a hospital dedicated to treating patients as quickly as possible. Florida Medical Center’s stroke center is prepared 24/7 to rapidly diagnose and treat stroke patients. The hospital has some of the latest diagnostic and therapeutic advances and offers a wide range of interventional options that have the potential to stop a stroke in progress and minimize the potential damage. Now is the time to learn how treatment times for stroke matter.

For more information, please visit To take the Stroke Smart Pledge, visit Florida Medical Center also offers complimentary health screenings on a monthly basis. Call 1-866-498-LIFE (5433) to reserve your spot.

*This benchmark data is pulled from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke & Target: Stroke quality improvement program.   Derived data is as of May 1, 2015 and is not risk-adjusted.  Data is derived from Florida hospitals that participate in Get With The Guidelines-Stroke and does not represent 100% of Florida hospitals.

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