Primary Stroke Center

Parrish Healthcare’s Parrish Medical Center was Brevard's first hospital—and the third medical center in the state of Florida—to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission—the nation's leading healthcare accreditation organization. The center has also been awarded the Women's Choice Award as an America's Best Stroke Center.

Being treated at a certified Primary Stroke Center gives you the confidence of knowing that you are receiving expert care.

Telestroke, Teleneurology Program

As part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, our physicians and patients have access to Mayo Clinic's research, resources and expertise. Since 2010, Parrish Healthcare’s Parrish Medical Center has worked with Mayo Clinic's Comprehensive Stroke Center in Jacksonville to provide rapid assessment of potential stroke patients through the use of advanced telemedicine technology.

Hear From Our Patients: Don't Be Blind-Sided by Subtle Stroke

PMC’s Stroke Program includes:

  • A team of neurologists, cardiologists, radiologists, emergency medicine physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, first-responders (EMS/paramedics), case management, therapists (occupational, speech, respiratory and physical), and community educators.
  • A stroke unit. Stroke unit nurses (along with ICU and ER nurses) undergo extensive training to become certified in stroke assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. They have annual continuing education requirements.
  • PMC’s 24-bed Emergency Department, 12-bed critical care unit (ICU), and full-service rehabilitation center.
  • Advanced diagnostic technology, including telemedicine technology, ultra-speed CT and MRI, which provides doctors with accurate results in minutes.
  • Community education programs and screenings for stroke risk factors.

Signs of stroke are sudden:

  1. Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  2. Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  3. Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  4. Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination or trouble walking.
  5. Severe headache with no known cause.

An individual experiencing any of these signs, or someone observing an individual dealing with one or more of these indicators, should call 911 immediately.