NCH Healthcare System Achieves Designation as a Primary Stroke Center

Contact: Debbie Curry, 239.436.5646 For Immediate Release October 16, 2012

NCH Healthcare System Achieves Designation as a Primary Stroke Center

(Naples, FL) The NCH Downtown Naples Hospital and NCH North Naples Hospital are the first hospitals in Collier County to be awarded designation from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) as a Primary Stroke Center.

Primary Stroke Center designation means the two NCH hospitals exhibit best practices for the care of stroke patients according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and their guidelines recommend early arrival to hospitals that follow these best practices, and offer emergency stroke care.

“More than 800 men and women in Collier County were treated for acute stroke in 2011-2012. The NCH hospitals treated more than 650 of these individuals with state-of-the-art examinations, treatments and tests,” said Michele Thoman, Chief Nursing Officer, NCH Healthcare System. “NCH treated an additional 200 patients with transient symptoms of a stroke called TIA. These “high risk for stroke” patients receive testing and education on how to prevent an actual stroke and how to immediately respond should one occur,” Thoman adds.

Stroke is an emergency. The public is urged to call 911 and get to a hospital within 60 minutes of the start of their symptoms for assessment for the “clot-busting” medicine that can contain and sometimes reverse paralysis. Getting to a hospital as soon as possible is critical to preventing disability and starting on the road to recovery. The American Heart Association recommends transport to hospitals with stroke center designation.

NCH offers newly remodeled and specially equipped nursing units at both campuses with staff trained in the care of stroke patients. The new “Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Rehabilitation”, an inpatient acute rehabilitation center, and many outpatient settings are available to follow patients through their recovery process.

About NCH Healthcare System

The NCH Healthcare System is one of the most progressive in the country. More than just two hospitals (NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, NCH North Naples Hospital) with 715 beds, the NCH Healthcare System is an alliance of 650 physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and southwest Florida. Not only do we offer advanced comprehensive care, we embrace new, effective ideas in medical care and healing. The services offered by the NCH Healthcare System are extensive. Inpatient services include: medical, surgical, cardiac, orthopedic, obstetric, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, oncology, emergency treatment, and diagnostics. Outpatient services include: rehabilitation, home care, walk-in centers, wound healing, and more.