Fla., — APOPKA, Fla., Nov. 14, 2018 — Florida Hospital Apopka is proud to announce it has been designated as a primary stroke center.
The designation — a first for Apopka — means the hospital meets stringent performance standards outlined by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
The designation is particularly important because time is of the essence for stroke patients, who need to be treated as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms.
“Seconds count with a stroke, so the sooner the patient gets care, the better off the patient is going to be,” said Jo Ann Ankoviak, chief nursing officer for Florida Hospital Apopka and Florida Hospital Winter Garden.
“We get patients coming to the ER all the time who don’t realize they’re having a stroke,” she added. “People don’t really understand their symptoms until they come in and get diagnosed.”
Tim Clark, CEO of Florida Hospital Apopka and Florida Hospital Winter Garden, said the designation is another illustration of the new services available at the new Florida Hospital Apopka, which opened in November 2017.
“We have been a part of this community for more than 40 years, and we are proud to have begun a new era with an all-new hospital,” Clark said. “This new Florida Hospital Apopka is equipped to handle this fast-growing community’s needs, and being designated a primary stroke center is a great example of how we’re growing to better serve the West Orange area.”
Whereas the old Park Avenue hospital had 50 beds and few on-site services, the new hospital has 120 all-private inpatient rooms, expanded surgical services, advanced surgical suites and a catheterization lab. An on-site medical office building also houses a number of specialist medical practices.
The hospital received the stroke designation on Nov. 1.
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