Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Receives Comprehensive Stroke Certification from AHCA

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Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is the only hospital in Pasco County with Comprehensive Stroke Certification

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has earned the designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is the only hospital in Pasco County that is distinguished as an AHCA Comprehensive Stroke Center, and is one of just 26 stroke centers in Florida with this designation.

“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.

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About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 139-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County. It is a member of the Florida Hospital network of Adventist Health System, the largest health care provider in the state of Florida. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, and HealthGrades for excellence in providing top quality patient care with special emphasis on safety and patient outcomes. The award-winning Heart Institute has received recognition in the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedures. The Brain and Spine Institute provides brain surgery, spine surgery and minimally invasive neuro-interventions, immediately responds to acute strokes, and has been awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission. The hospital offers advanced MAKOplasty® robotic partial knee and total hip replacement through its Orthopaedic Institute. It also offers 24/7 emergency services including a new “fast track” option, inpatient and outpatient surgical services, labor and delivery through The Baby Place®, the Center for Wound Healing, Sleep Center, Imaging Services, and the Simpson Breast Health Center, providing comprehensive breast health care services. Visit http://www.FHZeph.org for more information.

About AHCA Comprehensive Stroke Centers
Comprehensive stroke centers are hospitals that are designated by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to meet Florida regulation requirements for excellence in promoting better outcomes for stroke patients. The hospital must attest that it has received initial Primary Stroke Center designation as well as certain additional criteria. In addition to the requirements for a primary stroke center, a comprehensive stroke center must have health care personnel with clinical expertise in a number of disciplines, advanced diagnostic capabilities, provide neurological surgery and endovascular interventions, a specialized infrastructure (includes emergency medical services, referral and triage, specialized inpatient units, post stroke rehabilitation, educational needs, professional standards for nursing and research), and a quality improvement program which includes clinical outcomes measurement. This certification shows that the hospital provides the most comprehensive services to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Visit http://ahca.myflorida.com/ for more information.

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