Primary Stroke Center Accreditation Makes a Difference

Strokes remain a leading cause of death and disability today and we are committed to ensuring our patients have access to the highest levels of stroke care available. All 15 HCA West Florida hospitals are Primary Stroke Centers.

Comprehensive Stroke Centers

Blake Medical Center, Brandon Regional Hospital, Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Northside Hospital, and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point are among 51 hospitals in the state to earn Comprehensive Stroke Center designation. To receive this distinction, a hospital must provide a full spectrum of neuroscience-related care around the clock, including the latest in the detection, treatment and rehabilitation for stroke and other neuro-endovascular events.

Saving Lives and Improving Outcomes

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. All of our facilities administer clot-busting drugs to patients who meet the criteria. The key is to get immediately to the emergency department, at the onset of symptoms.

Stroke Symptom & Warning Signs

One of the biggest challenges today remains getting people to recognize stroke symptoms. Call 911 if you or someone your know experiences any of these stroke warning signs:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Stroke Center Network

Comprehensive Stroke Center
Blake Medical Center
Brandon Regional Hospital
Northside Hospital
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point

The following hospitals are Advanced Primary Stroke Centers: