Comprehensive Stroke Center

Florida Medical Center has earned the designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, which means it follows national standards and guidelines that may significantly improve the outcomes of the most complex stroke cases. Florida Medical Center has earned its status as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

Time lost is brain damaged.

When you have a stroke, every second you don’t receive treatment causes further brain damage. That’s why it’s so important that the people treating you have specialized training in stroke response, with fast response times and competent, quality care.

“We are a comprehensive stroke center, and we’re very active in the community,” says Mary Grimes, administrative director, nursing and clinical services. “Patients say when they come here it feels like a family.”

As a comprehensive stroke center and a member of the Advanced Neuroscience Network, we have the technology and the expertise to make a fast and accurate diagnosis. We can also perform complicated procedures when necessary, such as removing clots or blockages from blood vessels in the neck or brain.

Our Treatment Approach

The Comprehensive Stroke Center is prepared 24/7 to rapidly diagnose and treat stroke patients. Our 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.

Florida Medical Center is equipped with some of the latest technology to help in the stroke diagnosis process. As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Florida Medical Center has the technology and the expertise in interventional neurology and endovascular surgery to remove clots or blockages from blood vessels in the neck or brain, which are some of the most complex stroke cases.

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What is Target: Stroke?

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) recognized the substantial and significant opportunity to assist hospitals and healthcare professionals with improving quality of care for stroke patients.

Target: Stroke was developed as an extension of Get With The Guidelines-Stroke in early 2010 to specifically focus nationwide efforts in reducing IV rtPA door­ to-needle (DTN) times and further support the information translation and educational needs of healthcare providers caring for this patient population.

The goal of Target: Stroke is to achieve DTN times of 60 minutes or less in at least 50 percent of eligible patients. Through Target: Stroke, hospital teams can work towards eliminating delays and reducing long-term disability in stroke patients.

What are the Target: Stroke Best Practices Strategies?

Briefly stated, the Target: Stroke Best Practices Strategies are:

  1. Advance Hospital Notification by EMS
  2. Rapid Triage Protocol and Stroke Team Notification
  3. Single Call Activation System
  4. Stroke Tools
  5. Transfer Directly to CT Scanner
  6. Rapid Acquisition and Interpretation of Brain Imaging
  7. Rapid Laboratory Testing (including point-of-care testing of indicated)
  8. Mix IV rtPA Medication Ahead of Time
  9. Rapid Access to IV rtPA
  10. Team-based Approach
  11. Prompt Data Feedback

What Organizations Support Target: Stroke?

In addition to the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association, many other professional healthcare organizations serve as co-sponsors or supporters of Target: Stroke including:

  • The American Academy of Neurology
  • The Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry
  • The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)
  • The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)
  • The Brain Attack Coalition
  • American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Society of Neuroradiology
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
  • NeuroCritical Care Society
  • The Stroke Belt Consortium

To learn more about stroke care, please call us at (866) 422-7342.

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