Comprehensive Stroke Center

Winner of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.


  • 2014 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus
  • St. Mary's Medical Center—one of only eleven hospitals in Florida designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center

When a stroke happens, brain cell survival depends on fast treatment. And when ordinary stroke care isn’t enough, having sophisticated neurointerventional diagnostic and treatment options close by can often make a major difference.

As a Comprehensive Stroke Center—the highest level available— the Stroke Center at St. Mary’s offers the high-tech equipment and skilled specialists necessary to meet the needs of both hemorrhagic (bleed) or ischemic (clot) stroke patients. St. Mary’s also provides more aggressive stroke management than ordinary stroke centers, and offers a full continuum of services to stroke patients, including acute rehabilitation.

The multidisciplinary team at the Comprehensive Stroke Center at St. Mary's has received specialized training in acute and ongoing management of stroke patient and caregiver needs. The team is comprised of:

  • Neurologists
  • Neurointerventionalists
  • Neurointesivists
  • Epileptologists
  • ER Physicians
  • ICU
  • Step Down Unit
  • Telemetry and Rehab
  • Case Management
  • Nursing
  • Lab
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy
  • Quality
  • Radiology and Respiratory
  • Special Procedures

What are the Symptoms of Stroke?

Someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 45 seconds. Because minutes count when a stroke has occurred, quick recognition of the symptoms is critical. Call 911 to initiate treatment for the best chance of recovery from a stroke. During a stroke, brain cells deprived of oxygen do not die immediately. However, the likelihood of a full recovery is greatly improved when treatment begins within three hours of the onset of symptoms.

Call 911 if you or someone you know experience the sudden onset of the following symptoms of stroke:

  • Weakness or numbness in the arm, leg, or face, especially on one side of the body
  • Severe headache with no known cause
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • Blurred vision, double vision, or partial blindness in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination

St. Mary’s has also been awarded the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes the Stroke Center for achieving 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12 month intervals and 75 % or higher compliance with 6 of 10 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

For a free Act F.A.S.T magnet—which can help you quickly identify signs of a stroke when seconds count—call 561-882-9100.

PHYSICIANS: Call our Transfer Center 561-840-6000 for all your patient transfer requests and inquiries. This will expedite all transfers in and out of St. Mary's Medical Center.

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