Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) certification from The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association signifies that Halifax Health meets rigorous standards for performing mechanical endovascular thrombectomy (EVT), a specialized surgical procedure used to remove a blood clot from the brain during an ischemic stroke.
Halifax Health offers the HIGHEST level of stroke care in our community.
As a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center, Halifax Health Medical Center offers:
- Neurosurgeons and neurologists coverage 24/7/365
- Area’s only interventional neuroradiologists
- Advanced imaging capabilities including MRI and cerebral angiography
- Advanced surgical and endovascular techniques including clipping and coiling intracranial aneurysms and intra-arterial thrombolysis
- Dedicated stroke unit staffed with nurses who have advanced stroke education and expertise to care for stroke patients
- Dedicated neurological intensive care unit with the capacity to care for patients who have received interventional treatment following a stroke including clot-busting drugs and advanced surgical and endovascular techniques
- Clinical trial research
The Center brings together the expertise of specialists in many different areas to provide our patients with the benefit of a collaborative team approach. The team includes physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-radiologists, neuropsychologists, emergency medicine, rehabilitation medicine specialists, and a dedicated nursing staff.
Neuroradiologists/interventional radiologists specifically trained in rapidly diagnosing strokes via computerized tomography (CT) scans, as well as treating strokes via minimally invasive approach, (Solitaire or Penumbra devices) are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Emergency department physicians and clinicians are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment stroke.
Halifax Health neurosurgeons specially trained in performing surgical procedures relating to hemorrhagic strokes (strokes caused by blood vessels bursting in the brain) and interventional radiologists are standing by 24 hours a day to support the urgent needs of our patients.
Our rehabilitation team has had over seventeen years of experience in stroke related rehabilitation. For patients that require rehabilitation to revoke from stroke, this begins as soon as medically possible. Our rehabilitation staff includes physicians specializing in rehabilitation medicine and physical/occupation/speech therapy weekly team conferences are held through the patient’s hospitalization to progress through the rehab process. For patients that need ongoing inpatient rehabilitation, the Halifax Health Brooks Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation is located within Halifax Hospital. This center is rated nationally in the top ten percent in quality of care and patient outcomes. Continued rehabilitation can also be provided through home health services and in our outpatient clinics. Our Daytona campus provides specialty outpatient services for stroke rehabilitation including advanced equipment.
We are staffed with endovascular surgeons specifically trained in performing surgical procedures related to strokes caused by blockage in arteries of the neck.
2020-2021 Halifax Health Stroke Program Data
We have cared for 700 stroke patients during the year of 2020.
We have treated 84 patients with Endovascular stroke therapy, a non-surgical treatment for sudden loss of brain function due to blood clots, and successfully achieved return of blood flow in nearly 80% of the patients.
Our average “arrival to Endovascular Stroke therapy” time is 11 minutes which is 61% lower than the national average.
Approximately 70% of our stroke patients were discharged home or to our Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation after care.
Our average arrival to treatment time for Alteplase is 38 minutes, with 40% of our treatments given under 30 minutes. Halifax Health is striving to reach the American Heart Association has a goal of achieving 50% of all treatments to be at or below the 30 minute goal.