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Neurosciences

At Ocala Regional Medical Center, patients will find state-of-the-art treatments for neurological disorders. Complete care is provided from the neurosurgery operating room to the hospital bed, until the patient leaves for home.

Ocala Regional Medical Center is a certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Access to high quality stroke care at Ocala Regional Medical Center can mean the difference between life and death, as well as the difference in a patient's quality of life.

joint commission gold seal of approval

Ocala Health has received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its spine program. This means that Ocala Health has demonstrated compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.

Our Team

Our board certified neurologists and neurosurgeons work with a team of physicians, specially-trained neurology nurses, nurse technologists, pharmacists, case managers, licensed dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and a dedicated group of volunteers. Together, these experienced individuals form an accomplished staff which provides the best possible care for every patient.

Our Services

Participation by family and friends is encouraged in the treatment and recovery rooms. This specialized 22-bed inpatient unit has 19 private rooms where comfort and care are the primary concern.

Take advantage of the latest technology used to determine the location and specifications of a particular neurological disorder. These services include EEG, MRI, and nerve conduction testing, all provided at Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital.

As a patient, you will receive the most advanced surgical procedures and techniques at Ocala Regional Medical Center. Back and neck surgeries are performed by skilled surgeons utilizing the most progressive technology and sophisticated equipment. A list of procedures performed is below:

  • Anterior cervical fusion
  • Posterior cervical fusion
  • Lumbar fusion
  • Minimally invasive lumbar fusion
  • Lumbar laminectomy and microdiscectomy
  • Minimally invasive lumbar laminectomy and microdiscectomy
  • Craniotomy
  • Stereotactic brain surgeries
  • Shunts
  • Brain tumors both benign and malignant
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Head Injury
  • Trigeminal and Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Spinal injury
  • Herniated Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Peripheral Nerve Injuries
  • Entrapment Neuropathies
  • Intracerebral Hemorrhage
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation Insertion
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Chiari malformation
  • Cranioplasty

Following surgery, many neurological patients benefit from various therapies. Physical activity is often recommended for post-op patients, and physical therapy services are available on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Our team of physical therapists is trained to create specific plans for each individual, according to his or her surgery and individual needs. Occupational therapy services may be recommended as well to progress the recovery process. Our therapists work with the physicians and the nursing staff to provide individualized care and treatment programs.

Strive Health and Rehabilitation Center Outpatient Services can provide physical and certified hand therapy to neurological patients after discharge. Located at West Marion Medical Plaza, adjacent to West Marion Community Hospital, and on 2620 SE Maricamp Road in Ocala, therapists work with doctors and inpatient therapists to provide a continuum of care in order to return patients to their maximum quality of life. Individual programs based on the patient's needs may include increasing endurance, strengthening, managing pain, increasing movement, gait training, and balance training, in order to provide patients the ability to achieve their specific goals. The therapists are highly trained and experienced in working with post cervical and lumbar surgery, post stroke and traumatic brain injury patients.

This support group is comprised of people at all stages of recovery following a stroke. Each session features a topic of interest for stroke survivors and is followed by an activity. Sessions are facilitated by the HealthSouth team and Ocala Health's stroke coordinator, Michele DeCarlis, RN. This group meets the last Tuesday of each month from 3:30-5pm at HealthSouth's Cafeteria (2275 SW 22nd Lane, Ocala, FL 34471). For more information or to register, please call 352-282-4044.

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