The Neuroscience Department at Osceola Regional Medical Center is committed to changing lives, advancing medicine, and improving access at the highest level of care. We offer a premier multidisciplinary approach to treat a variety of brain, skull, spine, and nerve conditions. We have specialty trained doctors, nurses, and staff on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to read diagnostic tests, monitor patients, and provide neurology and neurosurgery services.

Neuroscience Program Highlights

  • 2016 Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus: Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Performance Achievement Award from American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
  • The NEW Comprehensive Stroke Center with State-of-the-Art Bi-Plane Imaging Technology
  • 10% TPA rate (clot buster medication) – higher than the national average of 2-5%
  • Dedicated 12 bed Neuro Trauma ICU with expert nursing staff
  • Dedicated 18 bed Neuro Telemetry Unit with expert nursing staff
  • Dedicated 28 bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit with expert staff (Fall 2017)
  • Conducts Neuroscience Clinical Research to implement new standards of care
  • Provides Community Education on Stroke prevention and recognition

Comprehensive Stroke Center

As a Comprehensive Stroke Center/Neuroscience Center, we are able to provide a full range of services for the prevention, detection, treatment, and rehabilitation of stroke and other neurological disorders. Comprehensive stroke centers treat higher acuity stroke patients with the thrombolytic medication t-PA and with interventional procedures for eligible candidates. We have dedicated units and beds for our stroke and neuro patients. We also provide a full continuum of stroke care with specially trained neuro nurses, nurse practitioners, therapists, pharmacists, case managers, along with 24/7 Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Interventional Neuroradiology coverage for our stroke patients. This team based approach and infrastructure commitment has led to improved patients’ outcomes and decreased morbidity and mortality.

Biplane Imaging Technology

Our facility has invested in new technology to improve patient care. Part of this investment included a state of the art Biplane Imaging system that is housed in our new Neuro and Vascular Interventional Center. This Biplane produces highly detailed three-dimensional views of blood vessels leading to the brain, deep within the brain, and details their relationship to the tissues of the head and neck.

What is Stroke?

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability among adults in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death. About 795,000 people suffer new or recurrent stroke each year, and more than 130,000 die of the condition. In other words, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes, someone dies of stroke. Risk of stroke varies with race and ethnicity. Blacks are more likely to suffer a stroke followed by Hispanics and whites (in that order).

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain stops. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. About 85% of all strokes are caused by blood clots that cut off the brains’ oxygen supply (ischemic stroke). Fortunately, advanced treatment for ischemic stroke can save lives and promote better outcomes. With early treatment and appropriate care, you may be able to reduce the devastating effects of stroke.

Stroke Warning Signs

Few people know the warning signs of stroke. Learning them – and acting FAST – could save your life or the life of a loved one. Use this test to remember warning signs of stroke.


Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?


Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?


Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?


If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), call 9-1-1 immediately.

Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 or your emergency medical services right away, if you notice one or more of these 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

What Does This Mean to You or Your Loved One?

  • Communication between the ambulance team and the hospital are in place before the patient arrives to the Emergency Department
  • Rapid-Response Stroke Team of highly skilled medical professionals – including emergency physicians, surgeons, neurologists, nurses, therapists, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, and radiologists – who are specially trained to respond quickly 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, brain MRI scan, or Biplane 3-D Images can be performed and interpreted 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
  • 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 (85% of stroke cases), administration of thrombolytic medication in eligible candidates may improve the patients chance of recovery. In complex cases, large strokes, and hemorrhages, interventional procedures can take place to restore brain blood flow.
  • 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

Because of our commitment and high quality stroke care, Osceola Regional Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines – Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart and Stroke Association.


  • Gold hospitals follow stroke treatment guidelines in certain key measures at least 75% 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 85% 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.

Osceola Regional Medical Center is also recognized by the American Heart and Stroke Association as part of the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite. Hospitals on this Honor Roll Elite must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. Time to thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes in 75 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA.

Osceola Regional is able to provide continuum of care for stroke patients between both the main hospital and Hunter’s Creek ER.