Comprehensive Stroke Care Near You
Know the Signs of Stroke: Act F.A.S.T. & Call 911!
- Face – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech – Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred?
- Time – If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
About Our Stroke Program
Lee Memorial Health System is a national, DNV-accredited leader in stroke care. We have a dedicated team specializing in stroke treatment and available 24/7 for our patients. Our system offers an accredited specialty stroke rehabilitation program as well as providing care to homebound, rural and underserved areas via telemedicine.
Our system is home to two Primary Stroke Centers and a Comprehensive Stroke Center, including:
- Cape Coral Hospital – Primary Stroke Center
- Lee Memorial Hospital – Primary Stroke Center
- Gulf Coast Medical Center – Comprehensive Stroke Center
This means that our community now has 24/7/365 access to stroke care, including lifesaving neurointerventional procedures like stents and coiling for brain aneurysms and stroke.
- Take care of most cases of ischemic - blood vessel blockage - types of stroke
- Acces to neurosurgery within 2 hours
- Sends comples patients to a Comprehensive Stroke Center
- Cares for all types of stroke patients, including hemorrhagic - or bleeding strokes, such as those caused by brain aneurysms
- 24/7 access to minimally invasive endovascular neurointerventional procedures to treat stroke
- Dedicated neuroscience intensive care unit of stroke patients
- On-site neurological availability 24/7 with the ability to perform complex procedures
- Receives patients from the Primary Stroke Centers
Our Stroke Team
Lee Memorial Health System has a dedicated team of endovascular neurosurgeons and neurointerventaional radiologists specializing in the treament of stroke. They include:
- Neurointerventional radiologist:
- Christopher Firment, M.D.
- Anthony Kam, M.D.
- Nasser Razack, M.D.
- Endovascular neurosurgeon:
- Constantine Plakas, M.D.
Lee Memorial Health System uses leading-edge technology to treat our patients, including:
- Gulf Coast Medical Center now has a state-of-the-art Siemens Artis Q biplane for interventional imaging
- HealthPark Medical Center also has a biplane, which provides an option for our physicians to perform procedures there in case a patient is unable to travel to Gulf Coast Medical Center
- All four hospitals have a 128-slice CT scanner, which quickly scans the whole body and provides sharp 3D images of any organ.
- Lee Memorial Health System uses a technology called telemedicine to ensure rapid assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of stroke patients when a neurologist is not immediately available in the Emergency Department.
Other Features of our Care
- Gulf Coast Medical Center has a dedicated neuroscience intensive care unit for stroke patients
- Lee Memorial Health System has implemented stroke alert protocols both internally and with Emergency Management Services (EMS)
- Lee Memorial Health System has created a continuum
of care that includes:
- Home Health
- Rehabilitation Hospital
- HealthPark Care & Rehabilitation Center
- LEE PREVENT (a program to prevent recurrent stroke)
- Support groups for stroke, aphasia and aneurysm
Quality & Best Practices
Lee Memorial Health System hospitals incorporate national best practices to improve door-to-needle time. Door-to-needle refers to the interval between a patient's arrival to the hospital and the start of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) treatment. The national standard is 60 minutes and the best stroke centers in the nation average 30-40 minutes.
Gulf Coast Medical Center averages 30-40 minutes door-to-needle. Cape Coral Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital are well within the national standard.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Stroke Care at 239-343-3800.