TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) announced their official designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Agency for Health Care Administration. This makes TMH North Florida's only Comprehensive Stroke Center. Additionally, Tallahassee Memorial received stroke recognition from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for achieving Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus, an advanced level of recognition acknowledging hospitals for consistent compliance with Quality Measures and Target Stroke Honor Roll.
A Comprehensive Stroke Center offers the most advanced stroke interventions and treatments from expert physicians who are specially trained in their fields. TMH boasts a variety of revolutionary treatments for strokes, including tPA, a clot busting intravenous medication, and endovascular neurosurgery, which removes blood clots and repairs aneurysms without opening the skull.
"When someone is having a stroke, time is brain," said Siddharth Sehgal, MD, Medical Director of the Tallahassee Memorial Neuroscience Center. "For stroke patients and their families getting timely, efficient and accurate care can mean the difference between life and death. As the only Comprehensive Stroke Center in North Florida, we offer the highest level of care for stroke patients, right here in Tallahassee."
A stroke is a literal brain attack, meaning that areas of the brain are not receiving blood flow and oxygen. Stroke is a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability.
"Excellent clinical Stroke care is a vital medical service," said Mark O'Bryant, President & CEO, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. "At TMH our mission is to transform care, advance health and improve lives. This Comprehensive Stroke Center designation brings our mission to life. We are proud to offer the most advanced treatment options and provide patients and families immediate care in their own community."
For more information about the advanced treatment options offered at Tallahassee Memorial for stroke and other injuries or illnesses, please visit TMH.ORG/Neuro.
About Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare
Founded in 1948, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) is a private, not-for-profit community healthcare system committed to transforming care, advancing health, and improving lives with an ultimate vision of leading the community to be the healthiest in the nation. Serving a 17-county region in North Florida and South Georgia, TMH is comprised of a 772-bed acute care hospital, a psychiatric hospital, multiple specialty care centers, three residency programs, 31-affiliated physician practices and partnerships with Doctors' Memorial Hospital, Florida State University College of Medicine, UF Health and Weems Memorial Hospital. TMH is the region's only Comprehensive Stroke Center and has the area's only designated Level II trauma center. In addition, TMH has a neurological intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, newborn intensive care unit, an accredited community hospital cancer program and an accredited chest pain center with PCI. Learn more at TMH.ORG.
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