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Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Receives Comprehensive Stroke Certification from AHCA

“The Comprehensive Stroke Center certification shows our continued commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients,” said Doug Duffield, President and CEO of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. “It also distinguishes our stroke team, which includes academic neurosurgeons from USF Health, neuro-interventional radiologists, board certified neurologists and emergency physicians, and stroke certified registered nurses as leaders in stroke diagnosis, management, treatment and rehabilitation in Pasco County.”
 
This accreditation follows the recent recognition by The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, to award Florida Hospital Zephyrhills with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. This recognition is given to hospitals with care programs that follow national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve the outcomes for stroke patients. In 2011, AHCA also designated the hospital as a primary stroke center. Additionally, the Institute has been awarded a “Silver Plus” for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association “Get with the Guidelines” program, and has received the Target: Stroke Honor Roll award from the AHA/ASA as additional recognition for its quality care.
 
“We are the only hospital in all of Pasco County that has received the Comprehensive Stroke Center designation from AHCA, and what this means to our patients and their families is that they can receive state-of-the-art, advanced care and services that are typically only available at major urban or academic medical centers right here in their home community,” said Margaret White, AVP of the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Brain and Spine Institute, adding, “staying close to home to receive treatment improves the patient’s outcomes and makes it easier on family and friends so they do not have to travel far to reach and support their loved ones.”
 
According to the American Stroke Association, about 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Stroke kills more than 137,000 people a year, which means it is the cause of about 1 of every 18 deaths. It's the No. 4 cause of death, and the leading cause of disability in adults in the U.S. On average, every four minutes someone dies of stroke.
 
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills offers a dedicated stroke team, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The team includes academic neurosurgeons from USF Health, neuro-interventional radiologists, board certified neurologists and emergency physicians, and stroke certified registered nurses to coordinate care from triage to diagnosis to treatment to rehabilitation and recovery.
 
The hospital’s Stroke Center, as part of the Brain and Spine Institute, provides complete care for head, neck, brain, and spinal cord tumors, diseases, and injuries. Time is an important factor with most medical issues, but especially with stroke and neurological conditions. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is the only hospital in Pasco County with the ability to provide interventional treatments for stroke, including the latest clot retrieval devices used in acute stroke treatments.