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Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Receives the 2017 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Stroke Centers

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) has been named one of America’s Best Stroke Centers by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that FHZ is in the top seven percent of 4,789 U.S. hospitals offering stroke care services. FHZ is also one of 339 award recipients nationwide representing hospitals that have met the highest standards for stroke care by the Women’s Choice Award®.

“When someone is having a stroke, the earlier the treatment, the better the outcome,” said Debra Dungan, RN, FHZ’s Stroke Care Coordinator. “That’s why it’s so important to educate the community about the signs and symptoms of a stroke and to call 9-1-1 immediately after symptoms appear. As an Advanced Certified Primary Stroke Center, our ER works closely with local EMS to activate our stroke care team so that care can be administered upon patient arrival.”

According to the CDC, one in five women in the United States will have a stroke in her lifetime. Nearly 60 percent of stroke deaths are in women, and stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer. CDC statistics also indicate that the percentage of strokes in women under age 45 is increasing, with studies showing these women are more likely to be misdiagnosed.

“Timely diagnosis and effective care are critical to preventing disability and improving chances of recovery,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award®.

A stroke center must be certified by the Joint Commission Stroke Certification Program as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and/or Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center to be considered for the Women’s Choice Award®. This is the only award recognizing excellence in stroke care based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence, Passi added.

The methodology used to select FHZ as one of America’s Best Stroke Centers is unique in that it evaluates 30-day stroke mortality and readmission rates and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey results along with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. Hospitals must also score in the top 80 percent of all hospitals in the following areas:
• Percent of patients receiving head CT scan results within 45 minutes
• Percent of patients receiving thrombolytic therapy
• Percent of patients receiving stroke education

For more information on the 2017 America’s Best Stroke Centers, please visit

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 149-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County. It is a proud member of the Adventist Health System, providing a legacy of health and healing for more than 150 years. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, HealthGrades and the Women’s Choice Award® for providing quality patient care with an emphasis on safety and patient outcomes. The award-winning Heart Institute is recognized for the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedures and has received the Gold Plus Award for heart failure from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical offerings including general, orthopedic, gynecology, urology, cardiothoracic and vascular. The Women’s Health Center offers services for women including gynecology, urology and pelvic floor health, labor and delivery through The Baby Place®, and breast care through the Simpson Breast Health Center. The hospital also offers emergency services, a robotics program, Bone and Joint Center, wellness center, wellness spa, rehabilitation, imaging services, and the Center for Wound Healing. Visit for more information.

The Women’s Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart healthcare choices by identifying the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The Women’s Choice Award® was recently honored by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2016 for a second consecutive year. Visit to learn more. The information contained in this release is not permitted to be used in a non-press related context without the express prior written consent of the Women’s Choice Award®.