If someone in your family suffers a stroke, your first reaction will be to get them to the best possible treatment center as quickly as possible. Your main priority should be to call EMS at the first sign of stroke and your second priority is ensuring your loved one is taken to a hospital that has the equipment and resources to properly detect and treat a stroke before permanent injury occurs. A hospital with a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) certification is considered to be the best type of facility for stroke patients because they have specific abilities to receive and treat complex stroke cases.
In Palm Beach County there are four hospitals that are currently listed by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) as a licensed Comprehensive Stroke Center:
- Boca Raton Regional Hospital
- Delray Medical Center
- JFK Medical Center
- St. Mary’s Medical Center
To be certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, a facility must meet specific measures that factor in performance, experience, technology, and accountability. Hospitals also have a responsibility after they receive their certification to maintain the standards that earned them the ranking of a Comprehensive Stroke Center.
Unfortunately, misdiagnosis and medical malpractice can happen even in the best environments and if you suspect that a patient did not receive adequate care it is important to determine whether there was a failure due to negligence or misrepresentation. One of the best ways to assess this is to speak with an attorney who has extensive experience handling stroke misdiagnosis cases. Domnick Cunningham & Yaffa has a record of litigating stroke misdiagnosis cases in Florida and will evaluate your case at no cost. Click here to contact us today.
If a facility is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center but unable to provide the measures that are required to earn this certification, that could be an example of misrepresentation. You can click here to learn more about the specific measures that a hospital must meet in order to earn this designation.
If you are faced with making a decision about where to have a loved one treated for a stroke, please try to find the best facility in your area. No matter where your family member is admitted, remember everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity and receive quality healthcare.
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