ORANGE PARK, FL — Orange Park Medical Center has earned a Comprehensive Stroke Center certification for its ability to deliver the highest quality of care to patients suffering from a stroke. Hospital’s designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center provide a higher level of stroke care to their patients quickly and by following best-practice protocols that increase the survival rate and post-stroke patient functionality outcomes.

Dr. Ronnie Bond

“Receiving this certification is great news for our community,” said Dr. Ronnie Bond, Neurologist and Stroke Program Medical Director at Orange Park Medical Center. “We need this level of care accessible to all populations in Northeast Florida, and the surrounding areas.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, the leading cause of adult disability and affects more than 795,000 Americans each year. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted by a blood clot or by bleeding from a burst blood vessel, impairing the brain’s ability to function.

Dr. Bradley Shumaker

Dr. Bradley Shumaker, Orange Park Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer says the certification wouldn’t be possible without the hospital’s strong partnership with EMS and the hospital’s multidisciplinary team of specialists and staff.

The certification is granted by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved regulatory deeming authority. Comprehensive Stroke Centers also serve as a resource center for other facilities in the region by sharing their expertise in stroke care.

Orange Park Medical Center’s stroke care has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and Acute Stroke Ready Hospital and by American Heart Association with the Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Stroke award.

It’s important to know the signs of stroke and to act fast. American Stroke Association recommends using the acronym BE FAST which calls attention to balance, eye sight, facial drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty and time.