Advanced Primary Stroke Center

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability among adults in the United States and the third leading cause of death (behind diseases of the heart and all forms of cancer). Nearly 780,000 people suffer new or recurrent stroke each year, and almost 165,000 die of the condition.  Women account for 60.9% of stroke deaths.

What is Stroke?

Stroke happens when blood flow to the brain stops. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. About 80% of strokes are caused by blood clots that cut off the brains’ oxygen supply, called ischemic stroke.  Fortunately, advanced treatment for ischemic stroke can save lives and promote better outcomes. This interventional procedure is called intravenous thrombolysis.

Stroke Warning Signs

If you notice one or more of these signs, don't wait. Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 or your emergency medical services right away. 

  • 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

Women may experience unique stroke symptoms such as:

  • Sudden face and limb pain
  • Hiccups
  • Nausea
  • General weakness
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations

Advanced Stroke Care

Gold SealAccreditation makes a difference. Access to high-quality stroke care not only means the difference between life and death, but it can also make a difference in a patient’s quality of life.

The gold standard today is earning Stroke Accreditation from the Joint Commission. Osceola Regional Medical Center has earned the gold seal from Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

What Does This Mean to You or Your Loved One?

  • Communication between the ambulance team and the hospital are in place before patient arrives to the Emergency Department
  • Rapid-Response Stroke Team of highly skilled medical professionals – including emergency physicians, surgeons, neurologists, nurses, therapists, laboratory and pharmacy staff, and radiologists – who are specially trained to respond quickly and completely to the needs of a stroke patient.
  • Each patient is immediately evaluated and treated using a uniform and extensive set of guidelines that address both emergency treatment and ongoing care
  • A head CT scan or brain MRI scan can be performed and interpreted within 45 minutes of the stroke patient being admitted
  • A fully functioning medical laboratory is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to analyze and provide test results in a timely manner
  • In case of ischemic stroke (80% of stroke cases), administration of thrombolytic medication (intravenous thrombolysis) by certified interventional radiologist to break up the clot, restoring blood flow to the brain.
  • Stroke rehabilitation started immediately after hospitalization to improve long-term outcomes and decrease stroke-related complications.
  • On-going acute care to facilitate faster return to normal life for the patient.

Recognitions and Awards

Gold Seal

Osceola Regional Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®  award by the American Heart and Stroke Association signifying our Advanced Primary Stroke Center as a Gold Plus hospital.

  • Gold hospitals follow stroke treatment guidelines in certain key measures at least 85% of the time and have maintained this performance level for consecutive 12 month intervals.
  • Plus award is an advanced level of recognition representing an additional 75% compliance with module specific quality measures for at least 12 consecutive months.  This is an optional award that a hospital may choose to pursue if they are collecting Quality Measures.

 Our Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center continues to be recognized in Quality Stroke Care by the American Heart & Stroke Association as seen in the US News & World Report Best Hospitals July 2011.
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