Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Receive the 2017 Women’s Choice Award® as America’s Best Stroke Centers

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Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills earned the prestigious distinction for being in the top 7% of stroke centers in the nation.

Our staff is knowledgeable in handling the most advanced cases and undergoes rigorous training to be able to help these types of patients each day.

Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills have been named to the 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 both Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills are in the top 7% of 4,789 U.S. hospitals offering stroke care services.

“Earning the Best Stroke Center award portrays our commitment to providing the best available care for our community. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel understands that taking advantage of every minute is crucial in providing a positive outcome for our stroke patients. Our staff is knowledgeable in handling the most advanced cases and undergoes rigorous training to be able to help these types of patients each day,” said Mary Brady, CNO, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five women in the United States will have a stroke in her lifetime. Nearly 60% of stroke deaths are in women, and stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer. Most alarming, the percentage of strokes in women under age 45 is increasing, with studies showing these women are more likely to be misdiagnosed.

“When someone is having a stroke, the earlier the treatment, the better the outcome,” said Debra Dungan, RN, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills 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.”

The methodology used to select Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills 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 (HCAHPS) survey results along with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. Hospitals must also score in the top 80% 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

Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills are two of 339 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for stroke care in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award.

“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. “Our award educates women about where they—and their loved ones—have the best chance to return to a full life following a stroke.”

For more information on the 2017 America’s Best Stroke Centers, please visit https://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/healthcare/

About Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel
From state-of-the-art equipment to the most intricate building details, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel was designed from the ground up to maximize healing, patient care and wellness. This full-service community hospital has 145 private patient rooms and features expert staff, specialty design and state-of-the art technology built for better patient care. Since opening in October of 2012, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel has been recognized as a leader in patient satisfaction, quality and safety. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient health services, including surgery, imaging and rehabilitation services and emergency services for adults and children. The hospital features a 50,000-sq. ft. community Health & Wellness Center and a wide range of community offerings such as health and wellness presentations, screenings and events. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel recently completed a massive expansion which involved 111,993 square feet of new construction and 10,834 square feet of renovation. In the expansion, the hospital added additional emergency rooms, inpatient rooms, surgical suites, a second Heart Catheterization Lab, and recovery/observation rooms as well as shelled space for future growth. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading, not-for-profit health network comprised of 26 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, please visit http://www.FHWesleyChapel.org.            

About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
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 FHZeph.org for more information.

About Women's Choice Award®
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 http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/ 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.

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