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North Florida Regional Medical Center

Primary Stroke Center

photo of stroke care team with patient

Bill Porter is one of many in our community who experienced a stroke and received life-saving care at North Florida Regional. Following care led by his emergency physician and vascular surgeon, Bill is doing well.

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke remains one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. North Florida Regional is recognized by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. In addition, we earned the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes our commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care contained in nationally accepted standards and recommendations and followed a 24-month monitoring period of the care we provided for stroke patients.

At The Neuroscience Center, we have developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the Emergency Department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

Gary Gillette, MD

Gary Gillette, MD, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at North Florida Regional leads the Stroke Team in Emergency Services.

Rose Watroba, RN, BS, MSHSA

Rose Watroba, RN, BS, MSHSA, is the Nursing Director on the 4th Floor of the South Tower, dedicated to patients of the Neuroscience Center.