Comprehensive Stroke Center

Stroke is a medical emergency that affects the brain. It is the fifth leading cause of death and is a leading cause of disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Healthcare professionals know that "time lost is brain lost," so it is critical to obtain medical care as soon as the signs of a stroke become apparent.

Stroke, or a disruption in blood flow to the brain, does not have to be fatal, and treatment within 60 minutes of the onset of a stroke can help prevent permanent disability. If you or someone around you shows signs of a possible stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. If a patient is categorized as a "stroke alert," Emergency Medical Services will transport that patient to a designated stroke center for treatment.

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Advanced Stroke Care

Wellington Regional Medical Center has earned numerous certifications, designations and awards for advanced stroke care:

Rapid Stroke Response

When a "stroke alert" patient is transported to Wellington Regional Medical Center, members of a Stroke Alert Team work together to provide direct care to the patient, and assist the Emergency Department physician in a rapid examination, assessment and diagnosis. Teleneurology services may be used during this process.

Because "time is brain," a rapid response is essential for providing stroke patients with the best chance of recovery. Stroke is treatable, usually with a medication called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) that helps break clots and can lessen the lasting effects of a stroke. The potential for the use of tPA is time-sensitive, so it is important to note the time the signs of stroke first appeared.

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.

Primary Stroke Center and AHCA logos

Stroke Recovery

Recovery from a stroke cannot be easily predicted and may be affected by a number of factors, including the rapidity of recovery after the symptoms began, the severity of the symptoms, the size of the stroke and the cause of the stroke. Only about 20 percent of stroke patients have near to full recovery.

Pierre Rodriguez, Stroke Survivor

Pierre recognized his stroke symptoms and was rushed to Wellington Regional Medical Center, where he was given the care necessary to survive.


Long-term treatment and care for stroke patients may include medication, physical therapy and changes in personal lifestyle (tobacco cessation, dietary changes, daily exercise, etc.). For most patients, this can be done through outpatient rehabilitation and coordinated care between the neurologist and a primary care physician, but may require some time in a rehabilitation hospital. Caseworkers can help patients and families through this process, because it is often family support that keeps the recovery process on track after a patient returns home.

Learn to BE FAST

If you think someone near you is having a stroke, every second counts. Know the warning signs, identify stroke and CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY. The acronym BE FAST can help you identify possible strokes:

Watch for a sudden loss of balance.

Check for vision loss.

Smile. Does one side of the face droop? Can you see the same number of teeth on each side of the face?

Hold up both arms for 10 seconds. Does one drift downward?

Repeat a simple sentence. Is the speech slurred or strange? Can you understand the person?

If these signs are present, every second counts. Call 9-1-1 immediately.

Find a Doctor for Stroke Care

If you need a referral to a physician at Wellington Regional Medical Center, call our free physician referral service at 561-798-9880.