SMMC Receives State Designation as Primary Stroke Center 
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – St. Mary’s Medical Center today announced it is a State-Designated Primary Stroke Center as designated by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).  AHCA is the chief health policy and planning entity for Florida and oversees health facility licensure, inspection and regulatory enforcement, among its various responsibilities.  

  The designation reflects that the hospital is in compliance with accepted national standards and has shown effective use of those recommendations and clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care for stroke patients. 

  This state designation signifies that St. Mary’s Medical Center’s services include all critical elements required to improve stroke patient outcomes.  Stroke patients receive hospital care that effectively meets the specialized needs of stroke patients.

  “This designation alerts the community that our hospital meets all the standards and performance expectations by the state for stroke care,” says Chief Executive Officer Davide M. Carbone. “We have made the commitment to provide quality health care for stroke patients and will continue working to enhance the standards of excellence for that care.”

  According to Carbone, neurologist Jeffrey Rubin, M.D., has been appointed the program’s Medical Director and will provide physician leadership and over see the quality of the program.

  Chief Nursing Officer Joey Bulfin said the administration and staff of St. Mary’s Medical Center has worked hard for two-and-a-half years to put into place the policies and procedures that will guide the hospital’s stroke program into the future.

  “We have embarked on a new chapter of health services for Palm Beach County that will bring specialized stroke care to area residents,” she notes.

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  St. Mary’s Medical Center is a 463-bed acute care hospital located at 901 45th Street in West Palm Beach.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the greater West Palm Beach area for 70 years.  St. Mary’s Medical Center offers a broad array of services, including medical, surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, trauma and emergency services.  St. Mary’s specialty services include a pediatric trauma referral center, 24-hour children’s emergency department, pediatric intensive care unit, high-risk obstetrical unit, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s, the Rehabilitation Institute, and the Memory Disorders Center.  St. Mary’s Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about St. Mary’s Medical Center, visit