Stroke & Cerebrovascular Care

The Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville is now the regional epicenter for advanced diagnostics and treatments for all cerebrovascular conditions, including stroke, brain aneurysm, and arteriovenous malformations. We serve all South Georgia communities, including Brunswick, Savannah and Valdosta, along with Florida residents on the East coast from Melbourne up to Fernandina and west to Lake City and Tallahassee.

  • Among the nation’s most highly regarded cerebrovascular neurosurgeons
  • Advanced multidisciplinary clinical program
  • Joint Commission Primary Stroke Certification providing advanced stroke services
  • State-of-the-art technology and facilities
  • Extensive Clinical Research and Fellowship program

Stroke & Cerebrovascular Care Team Led by Lyerly Neurosurgeons

Medical leadership for the Baptist Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center is provided by world-renown neurosurgeons Ricardo Hanel, MD and Eric Sauvageau, MD, with Lyerly Neurosurgery.

Providing inpatient care under their leadership is a multidisciplinary staff at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville including neuro and pulmonary intensivists, neuro hospitalists, anesthesiologists, radiologists, emergency physicians and neurologists. Our neuro nursing staff is certified on the American Stroke Scale Training Program for high-quality care.

Our system-wide stroke team works closely with Emergency Medical Services and LifeFlight to ensure patients within a 150-mile radius needing critical neurological care have fast access to our advanced emergency, medical and surgical care. Teleneurology technology enables real-time consultations with patients in Baptist/Wolfson Emergency Centers throughout the community.

Conditions We Treat:

  • Acute Stroke
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Dural Arteriovenous Fistulae
  • Cavernous Angioma
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Brain Tumors
  • Meningioma
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia/Hemifacial Spasm
  • Pediatric Neurovascular conditions

Treatment Options:

  • Biplane angiography
  • Cerebral angiogram
  • Carotid artery stent
  • Thrombolytic therapy
  • Aneurysm coiling or stenting
  • Flow diverter technology
  • Neurovascular clipping or bypass
  • Skull base neurosurgery
  • Microsurgery and neuro intervention
  • Vascular access with catheter
  • Tumor embolization
  • Revascularization

State-of-the-art Facility – Weaver Tower

With facilities unlike any in the country, four floors of the new Wayne and Delores B. Weaver Tower are dedicated to the care of our neurological patients.

  • Advanced Neurosurgical Operating Rooms suite with intraoperative MRI and CT capabilities
  • Dedicated Neuro Interventional Suites with biplane imaging
  • 48 private suites for medical and surgical neurological care
  • Dedicated 12-bed Neurointensive Care Unit, soon to be expanded to 24
  • Dedicated Neuro-Hospitalists and outpatient support for timely post-hospitalization clinic follow ups

Neurointensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU)

The Neurointensive Care Unit in the Weaver Tower at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville is dedicated solely to providing critical care for patients with neurological and neurosurgical issues, including:

  • Stroke
  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Brain or spinal cord tumors
  • Infections of the brain or spinal cord
  • Head injuries
  • Encephalitis
  • Epilepsy
  • Other neurologic diseases requiring intensive care

Our Neuro ICU staff serves the region with tertiary-level care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This technologically sophisticated unit is equipped to provide continuous and bedside monitoring of the nervous system, with capabilities that include:

  • EEG monitoring to detect abnormal brain activity such as silent seizures
  • Transcranial doppler and other tests of cerebral blood flow monitoring
  • Intracranial pressure monitoring