Leaders in Emergency Stroke Care
Stroke, which leads to the death of more than 128,000 people each year, is the leading cause of long-term disability. Rapid diagnosis and prompt treatment are critical to help save a life or minimize long-term disability. Outcomes are greatly improved when a person having a stroke is treated at a Stroke Center, such as those located at Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Hospital West or Memorial Hospital Pembroke.
A stroke or brain attack is like a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is interrupted, and the heart is deprived of oxygen. Similarly, a brain attack occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, and the brain is deprived of oxygen. Quickly restoring blood flow to the affected area of the brain is vital in minimizing the long-term effects of a stroke and reducing complications.
Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Hospital West and Memorial Hospital Pembroke have all obtained the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission, as Primary Stroke Centers. Our Primary Stroke Centers are able to diagnose and treat patients sustaining an ischemic stroke (blood clot in the brain) with clot-busting medication within one hour of arrival. At each of the hospitals, there is a multidisciplinary team of staff and physicians caring for patients who have sustained a stroke.
When a patient is having a stroke, every minute that lapses before treatment can mean the difference between losing and saving critical brain functions.
Brijesh Mehta, MD, medical director, neurocritical care and acute stroke intervention, discusses minimally invasive neurointerventional surgery to quickly treat strokes and reduce a patient's recovery time.
Differences Between Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers
Memorial Regional Hospital is recognized by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Memorial Regional Hospital has significant additional resources available than that of a Primary Stroke Center in order to provide state-of-the-art complex stroke care. Memorial Regional Hospital is able to extend the treatment window for an ischemic (blood clot in the brain) stroke by providing cutting edge neurovascular treatment options such as Intra-arterial, clot-busting medications and clot-retrieving procedures.
For patients who have sustained a hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in the brain), the Comprehensive Stroke Center is able to provide neurovascular treatment options to stop the bleeding as well. The infrastructure includes physicians with specific expertise in treating complex brain injuries, in-house critical care physicians, a dedicated Neuro Intensive Care Unit, a dedicated Stroke Care Unit, leading-edge technology and equipment, and advanced training for the staff of the Comprehensive Stroke Center.
Memorial Regional Hospital also has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (ASA) Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award for stroke care. Now, it also has earned Target: Stroke℠ Honor Roll-Elite Plus Designation, the highest level of achievement possible for a stroke center.
This means that in a 12-month period, at least 75% of stroke patients received tPA, a clot-dissolving medicine, within 60 minutes of arriving at the Memorial Regional Hospital ER. What’s more, at least 50% of stroke patients received tPA within 45 minutes of arrival. The speed and effectiveness of our stroke treatment helps to minimize the debilitating effects of a stroke.
To complete the continuum of care, the Memorial Rehabilitation Institute—which is composed of in-patient and out-patient treatment centers—has advanced accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in the rehabilitation of patients who have sustained a stroke.