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July 27, 2011

St. Petersburg, FLNorthside Hospital announced that they earned the designation of Comprehensive Stroke Center from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). This makes Northside Hospital the first hospital in St. Petersburg, the second hospital in Pinellas County, and the 18th hospital in the state of Florida to receive this recognition.In order to be designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, a hospital must be able to provide a full spectrum of neuroscience-related care, including offering state-of-the-art detection, treatment and rehabilitation for stroke patients. There must also be the availability of stroke prevention education and specially-trained staff members and physicians. The facility must be able to comply with the standards and guidelines of excellent neurologic practices, and also be proactive in the improvement of current treatment methods. Northside Hospital offers its patients not only the Neurointervention Suite with highly advanced technology, but also a fully-staffed Neuroscience Unit, in which all staff members have successfully completed the Advanced Stroke Life Support training.

“I am so proud of the collaborative effort put forth by the employees and medical staff at Northside Hospital to achieve this honored designation,” said Stephen J. Daugherty, President and CEO at Northside Hospital.  “I look forward to the continued success of our neuroscience program and the positive impact it has on improving the health of our community.” 

Northside Hospital is also a Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center and recently opened its Neuroscience Institute in 2010, which offers state-of-the-art diagnostics for stroke, as well as other neurologic conditions. The hospital also provides 24/7 physician coverage for stroke, and has received Gold Plus recognition from the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines for exceptional stroke practices and outcomes.

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and is responsible for over 130,000 deaths per year.  Access to high quality stroke care can not only mean the difference between life and death, but it can also make a difference in a patient’s quality of life. For about 80% of stroke patients, immediate diagnosis and treatment can reduce or eliminate permanent disability. The key is to get immediately to the emergency department, preferably a designated Stroke Center, at the onset of symptoms.

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