North Shore Opens Stroke Center 
Monday, 08 December 2008 
Miami, FL - - North Shore Medical Center, a 357-bed acute care hospital in Miami, announced that its new Primary Stroke Center is open.

A primary stroke care center combines the resources of a number of specialties to quickly evaluate and treat patients with complex medical needs.

The hospital stroke team includes Emergency Department physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists and radiologists who specialize in the care of strokes.

The team is available round-the-clock to respond when a patient with stroke symptoms comes to the hospital. The Brain Attack Coalition, a group of 14 national organizations, developed joint recommendations for hospitals to create Stroke Care Centers as a way to improve the quality of care for stroke patients.

Manny Linares, CEO of North Shore Medical Center said, “The Stroke Center will help us diagnose and treat strokes more quickly.  We now have the ability to use evidence-based medicine to establish written protocols for stroke care that are designed to improve care and quickly get patients the care they need. These protocols have proven to reduce stroke-related complications, which lead to improved quality of life for our patients.”

A stroke is an emergency requiring immediate medical attention. Strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, causing brain cells to begin dying from lack of oxygenated blood.  About 780,000 people in the U.S. have a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Every 40 seconds someone will have a stroke. Every three to four minutes, someone dies from a stroke. Common symptoms of stroke include: numbness or weakness in the body, trouble speaking and understanding, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination, trouble seeing in one of both eyes and severe headache with no known reason.

High blood pressure is the number-one risk factor for stroke.  Smokers double their risk of getting the disease. Women who take estrogen plus progestin raise their risk of ischemic stoke by 44 percent.

North Shore Medical Center, part of Tenet Healthcare, is a 357-bed general acute care community hospital at 1100 NW 95 St. in Miami.

The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of our community for more than 53 years. North Shore Medical Center offers a broad range of services, including 24-hour emergency care with Fast Track service, maternity, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and psychiatric services.

The hospital also offers specialized centers, including the C. Gordon Griffith Comprehensive Cancer Center with IMRT and X-Knife Radiosurgery, Intensive Care Unit, Wound Healing Center, Sleep Disorders Center, and Pain Care Center.

The hospital was honored with the prestigious Tenet Circle of Excellence award for outstanding performance in 2005, 2006, and 2007. North Shore received the 2006 CIGNA Centers of Excellence designation for caesarean section, stroke and syncope, the 2006 American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure IPAA award, 2007 American Heart Association’s Get with The Guidelines - Bronze IPAA award for CAD and Heart Failure, and the American College of Surgeons Commission On Cancer Commendation, 2005-2008.

In 2007/2008, North Shore Medical Center also received a five-star rating of clinical excellence for maternity care from HealthGrades®. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.