Ocala Regional Medical Center is a Comprehensive Stroke Center

As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Ocala Regional Medical Center is able to provide a full range of services for the prevention, detection, treatment, and rehabilitation of stroke and other neurological disorders. Comprehensive stroke centers treat higher acuity stroke patients with the thrombolytic medication t-PA and with interventional procedures for eligible candidates. We have dedicated units and beds for our stroke and neuro patients. We also provide a full continuum of stroke care with specially trained neuro nurses, nurse practitioners, therapists, pharmacists, case managers, along with 24/7 Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Interventional Neuroradiology coverage for our stroke patients. This team based approach and infrastructure commitment has led to improved patient outcomes.

Biplane imaging technology

Our facility has invested in new technology to improve patient care. Part of this investment included a state of the art Biplane Imaging system. This Biplane produces highly detailed three dimensional views of blood vessels leading to the brain, deep within the brain, and details their relationship to the tissues of the head and neck.

What is stroke?

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability among adults in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death. About 795,000 people suffer new or recurrent stroke each year, and more than 130,000 die of the condition. In other words, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes, someone dies of stroke.

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain stops. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. About 85% of all strokes are caused by blood clots that cut off the brains’ oxygen supply (ischemic stroke). Fortunately, advanced treatment for ischemic stroke can save lives and promote better outcomes. With early treatment and appropriate care, you may be able to reduce the devastating effects of stroke.

Stroke warning signs

Spot the signs of stroke fast. Balance: are you dizzy? Eyes: do you have a change in vision? Face drooping. Arm weakness. Speech difficulty. Time to call 911. If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Few people know the warning signs of stroke. Learning them – and BEFAST – could save your life or the life of a loved one. Use this test to remember warning signs of stroke.

BBalance Is the person experiencing a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
EEyes Is the person having a sudden change in vision or trouble seeing?
FFace Drooping Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
AArm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms.
SSpeech Difficulty Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
TTime to call 911 If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), call 9-1-1 immediately.

Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 or your emergency medical services right away, if you notice one or more of these signs:

  • 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

What does this mean to you or your loved one?

Communication between the ambulance team and the hospital are in place before the patient arrives to the Emergency Department

Rapid-Response Stroke Team of highly skilled medical professionals – including emergency physicians, surgeons, neurologists, nurses, therapists, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, and radiologists – who are specially trained to respond quickly to the needs of a stroke patient.

Each patient is immediately evaluated and treated using a uniform and extensive set of guidelines that address both emergency treatment and ongoing care

A head CT scan, brain MRI scan, or Biplane 3-D Images can be performed and interpreted 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

A fully functioning medical laboratory is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to analyze and provide test results in a timely manner

In case of ischemic stroke (85% of stroke cases), administration of thrombolytic medication in eligible candidates may improve the patients chance of recovery. In complex cases, large strokes, and hemorrhages, interventional procedures can take place to restore brain blood flow.

Stroke rehabilitation started immediately after hospitalization to improve long-term outcomes and decrease stroke-related complications.