Designated Comprehensive Stroke Center

Fawcett Memorial Hospital is proud to announce that it has been licensed as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA). It is currently the only designated Center in Charlotte County, providing patients with 24/7 availability of immediate access to the full spectrum of neuroscience-related care, including the latest technologies in the detection, treatment, and rehabilitation for strokes. Our certified nurses work with a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals, neurologists, and neurosurgeons. New technology and services allow physicians to view real time images of patients during stroke and other neuro-endovascular events and perform lifesaving neuro interventions. The team uses the next generation of tools, such as the Biplane System, to treat ischemic stroke, brain aneurysm, and other vascular abnormalities

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when a part of the brain’s blood supply is suddenly interrupted by a clot or when a blood vessel bursts. When blood flow is blocked, brain cells die because oxygen and nutrients cannot get through. Stroke is a leading cause of disability among adults in the United States and the fourth leading cause of death. About 795,000 people suffer new or recurrent stroke each year.

Stroke warning signs

Stroke is a medical emergency. When it comes to a stroke and your brain’s recovery, every second counts. If you notice one or more of these signs, don’t wait. 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

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. "Stroke Alert" can be called from the field by emergency personnel, it can be initiated by the triage nurse in the Emergency Department, and it can also be called for in-hospital patients and families that begin to exhibit signs and symptoms of stroke.
  • "Stroke Alert" 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.
  • Interventional radiology suite with the latest biplane system technology allows our neurology team to treat ischemic stroke, brain aneurysm, and other vascular abnormalities.
  • 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.

Awards and accreditations

  • Comprehesive Stroke Center designation in May 2019
  • Primary Stroke Care Certification in April 2005
  • 1st HCA hospital in Florida, 7th hospital in Florida, 13th in the United States
  • 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award 
  • CARF Accredited Rehabilitation Program
  • Voted "Best Hospital & Best ER" by the Charlotte Sun every year since 2003

Stroke support group

Recent scientific studies are validating the importance of social support in stroke recovery. Social interaction and simply feeling connected to others helps ease the depression and isolation so common after stroke. Fawcett Memorial Hospital offers a Stroke Support Group on a monthly basis. For more information, please contact stroke coordinator, Janet Riepenhoff, BSN, RN, at (941) 624-8084.

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