Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville receives Comprehensive Stroke Center designation
May 30, 2014 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville has been designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. The designation signifies that Baptist Jacksonville meets care standards and guidelines to treat the most complex stroke cases and provides a full spectrum of treatment. The hospital uses state-of-the art imaging equipment; 24/7 availability of dedicated personnel trained in vascular neurology, neurosurgery and endovascular procedures as well as having designated neuroscience ICU facilities. Baptist Jacksonville’s comprehensive designation is Florida’s highest level of stroke certification available and comes after the March opening of the new Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center and the addition of two internationally renowned neurovascular surgeons Ricardo Hanel, MD, PhD, and Eric Sauvageau, MD. Drs. Hanel and Sauvageau, directors of Stroke & Cerebrovascular Surgery for Lyerly Neurosurgery, oversee the new center, which is the regional epicenter for advanced diagnostics and treatments for all cerebrovascular conditions. “We are pleased to receive this comprehensive stroke certification. I think it’s a nice regulatory stamping on the excellent service that we provide at Baptist,” Dr. Hanel said. Baptist’s Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center is the
most comprehensive stroke center in Jacksonville and the region providing adults and children access to stroke and other cerebrovascular care under one roof, Dr. Hanel said. “The comprehensive stroke certification is an outside confirmation of what we already know, which is we are offering a complex level of care,” Dr. Sauvageau added. Baptist’s Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center works with area hospitals as part of a multi-site system of care providing improved access to patients, who in the past may have been transported outside the area during a life-threatening emergency for such conditions as strokes or brain aneurysms. Nicole Thomas, vice president of Operations and Specialty Services for Baptist Health, said achieving the designation required a team of clinical experts in neurological care, including neurologists and neurosurgeons and having available advanced diagnostic tools and surgical and endovascular treatments to deliver the highest quality stroke care. “Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville is expanding access to the most advanced therapy for treatment of stroke and brain aneurysm patients,” Thomas said. “Patients can enter any Baptist Hospital emergency department for evaluation and be confident that if interventional treatment is needed, the patient will be transported to the Jacksonville campus in a matter of minutes. Our two neurovascular surgeons are available 24 hours a day to evaluate whether a patient will benefit from a procedure to remove a blockage or stop a hemorrhage causing the stroke. Now patients should never have to leave Jacksonville for the latest stroke treatments.” Baptist’s Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center includes state-of-the art technology, such as fully dedicated advanced Neurosurgical Operating Rooms with intraoperative MRI and CT capabilities. A new neurointerventional suite is available with an imaging system that provides enhanced visibility for the physician and reduced radiation exposure. Along with 48 private suites for medical and surgical neurological care, the center has a dedicated 12-bed Neurointensive Care Unit, soon to be expanded to 24, for critical care patients with neurological and neurosurgical conditions. Baptist Health’s six emergency departments also have telemedicine capabilities, which involves the use of videoconference technology for real time patient evaluation by specialty physicians. This tool speeds the time to care and supports the multidisciplinary approach to care planning. Baptist Jacksonville since 2007 has been a Primary Stroke Center along with Baptist Medical Center South. Baptist Medical Center Beaches received the Primary Stroke Center status this month. Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States with more than 700,000 strokes a year. Stroke symptoms include: · 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 For more information about Baptist’s Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center, go to baptistjax.com.