Wellington Regional Medical Center has been designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. WRMC is one of only 40 hospitals in Florida and only five in Palm Beach County to earn this accreditation, which ensures that the hospital complies with the highest standards in clinical practice guidelines, performance measurements and continuous improvement programs for stroke patients.
“Being designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center underscores our commitment to the community to provide excellent, high level care,” said Robbin Lee, CEO of WRMC. “Previously, residents of Wellington and the surrounding communities were transported out of the area for stroke care. When every second counts, it is imperative to receive treatment as quickly as possible. Now, not only can we treat our residents here in their community, we follow nationally recognized guidelines that ultimately save lives and improve the outcomes of stroke.”
The Comprehensive Stroke Center designation is given to hospitals that have distinct abilities to treat the most complex neurovascular diseases, such as stroke. WRMC’s dedicated, multi-disciplinary stroke team, which is specially trained and available to care for stroke patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, includes a neuro-interventionalist, neurosurgeon, neurologists, emergency room physicians, intensivists, critical care registered nurses and a stroke coordinator.
To support the stroke program, WRMC invested in a state of the art neurointerventional lab that features a biplane angiography system to diagnose and treat strokes and other neurovascular diseases. The new equipment provides 3D technology, allowing for optimal evaluation of the neurological vascular system for diagnostic and treatment purposes.
“In the setting of an acute ischemic stroke, the sooner we can restore blood flow, the greater the chance of a favorable outcome,” said Juan Gomez, MD, Neuro-interventionalist at WRMC.
The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Wellington Regional Medical Center
Wellington Regional Medical Center's goal in managing stroke patients is to improve neurologic recovery and help reduce the incidence of disability. The hospital's designation as a Primary Stroke Center shows that it offers high quality care to the community.