Orange Park Medical Center has announced their free-standing emergency room, Park West ER has earned the Acute Stroke Ready Hospital certification from The Joint Commission. Nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke each year. The certification recognizes hospitals equipped to treat stroke patients with timely, evidence-based care prior to transferring them to a Primary or Comprehensive Stroke Center.

"There is a great need in West Jacksonville for a stroke certified facility that is equipped to quickly care for stroke patients," said Dr. Ronnie Bond at Orange Park Medical Center. "Time lost is brain loss when it comes to the damage a stroke can do in a very short amount of time."

Orange Park Medical Center and Park West ER underwent a rigorous onsite review in May to assess its compliance with the Joint Commission's certification requirements, including:

  • A dedicated stroke-focused program
  • Staffing by qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care
  • Collaboration with local emergency management agencies
  • 24/7 ability to perform rapid diagnostic and laboratory testing
  • Ability to administer intravenous clot-busting medications to eligible patients
  • Availability of telemedicine technology

Orange Park Medical Center treated nearly 400 stroke patients last year including 38 transferred from Park West ER. Dr. Bond says with the new certification, EMS will now have the option to bring stroke patients to Park West ER for immediate treatment before being transferred to a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Orange Park Medical Center is the only Comprehensive Stroke Center located in Clay County.