Each year, more than 600,000 Americans suffer a stroke. Many factors put you at risk for stroke—some manageable and others, such as heredity and age, are beyond your control. Fortunately, we are one of a select few facilities in Tampa accredited by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, equipped to handle these time-sensitive, critical emergencies.

Our interdisciplinary team approach combines a number of related service areas, including the acute stroke team, neurointerventional radiology, neurosurgery, neurology, lab services, neuro-imaging and rehabilitation. This team of specialists works together to create a program of treatment and recovery tailored for each patient.

We have also been awarded the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke GOLD Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and have been recognized as a recipient of their Target: Stroke Honor Roll for our expertise in stroke care. We have also received certification by the Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Stroke Association as a Primary Stroke Center.

These achievements signify that our stoke program meets critical requirements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke victims and further solidifies our expertise in stroke care.


Advanced Treatment Options for Stroke

  • Intravenous and intra-arterial tPA
  • Mechanical thrombectomy
  • Carotid endarterectomy or stenting
  • Coil embolization
  • Surgical clipping
  • Complex surgeries to correct malformations


Case Study: Comprehensive Stroke Care

Rosemary was making sandwiches in her kitchen when she fell to the floor. Her husband rushed to her side and noticed some drooping in her face and slightly slurred speech. He called 911 and said that his wife had a minor stroke. At the Emergency Room at Florida Hospital Tampa, it was discovered that the stroke was anything but minor. By that time, she could hardly move the left side of her body and could barely speak.

The stroke team worked quickly, assessing Rosemary and determining that intravenous blood thinners weren’t affecting the clot in her brain. The decision was quickly made to remove the clot with intracranial mechanical thrombectomy. This procedure is done through a small incision in the groin. Live, 3-D X-ray technology helps guide a small catheter through the common femoral artery up to a blocked vessel in the brain. A mesh stent is used to grab the clot and pull it out of the groin incision.

The decision turned out to be the correct one. Within two days of the procedure, Rosemary was sitting up in bed and talking. The next day she was walking down the halls. Less than a week from her massive stroke, the 85-year-old was released home.


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We’ve partnered with the area’s best neuro-experts and brought them all together with leading-edge technology. And because every patient is unique, our care experts are devoted to applying state-of-the-art neuroimaging and critical care techniques to each specific need of critically ill neurological patients.

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