Each year in the United States, 700,000 people suffer a stroke. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and costs Americans $60 billion dollars. Research shows that patient outcomes improve when patients are treated at Primary Stroke Centers.
Fawcett Memorial Hospital is designated as a Primary Stroke Center from the Joint Commission. This certification ensures compliance with consensus-based national standards and use of evidence based practices to manage patient care.
The Stroke Center of Excellence at Fawcett Memorial Hospital is a 33 bed progressive care unit. The Stroke Unit consists of dedicated, competent, caring nurses, skilled in the area of Stroke nursing. Our nurses work with a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals, neurologists and neurosurgeons.
“Stroke Alert” is called for any patient presenting to the Emergency Department, whether they arrive as a walk-in or by ambulance. “Code H” is called for in-hospital patients and families that begin to exhibit signs or symptoms of stroke. Fawcett’s Rapid Response Team immediately responds to all Code H alerts.
Awards & Accreditations
- Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification
- 1st HCA hospital in Florida
- 7th hospital in Florida
- 13th hospital in the United States
- American Heart Association/American Stroke Association “Get with the Guidelines”, Silver Performance Achievement Award
Research has shown that caring for patients in a stroke unit or a dedicated area of the hospital results in better patient outcomes. That's why Fawcett has a dedicated Stroke Unit staffed by the following health care professionals:
- physical therapy
- occupational therapy
- speech therapy
- case management
Continuum of Care
Aaron Klump, RN, BSN
Director of IMCU/PCU
(941) 629-1181 ext. 6447
Michelle Jewell, RN
Clinical Coordinator PCU
(941) 629-1181 ext. 6509
Sue Gilbert, RN
(941) 629-1181 ext. 6733