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Comprehensive Stroke Center

The UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center is certified by The Joint Commission and the American Stroke Association/American Heart Association. Comprehensive stroke center certification recognizes hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, experienced staff and extensive training to receive and treat people with simple and complex strokes.

Wayne Phillips, a patient at the Fixel Center for Neurological Diseases at UF Health, visits with Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, M.D., associate professor of neurology, and Lydia Cox, L.P.N.

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Neuromedicine Hospital

Our welcoming design matches our accessibility to highly specialized, comprehensive services. Our outstanding faculty physicians and clinical experts work in concert within a world-class medical facility to meet the unique needs of our patients. This makes UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital a one-stop shop for outpatient and inpatient treatment services.

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Why us?

Comprehensive vs. Primary Stroke Centers

The Brain Attack Coalition established the concept of primary stroke centers and comprehensive stroke centers in 2000. Hospitals that demonstrate a high quality of care and good results for their stroke patients can become primary stroke centers.However, achieving a comprehensive stroke center designation requires the ability to provide more …

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More about


Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability.  Few conditions occur as rapidly and with as devastating consequences as stroke.  Data from the American Stroke Association indicate that nearly 800,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke each year.  Of these, about 600,000 are first attacks and 200,000 are recurrent.  Further, the annual cost to our health care system is in excess of 70 billion dollars.

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For Patients

What you should know


Once someone has been admitted to UF Health Shands Hospital with a stroke, he or she receives state-of-the-art care as quickly as possible

follow up information


After someone has been discharged from the UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center, he or she will have follow-up appointments with a vascular neurologists for approximately one year.



Diagnostic tests include any procedure performed to confirm or determine the presence of disease after the report of symptoms, or based on other medical test results.

Other valuable


These resources include links to both UF and external associations to educate patients and their families about various aspects of stroke and stroke care.

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Stroke Information and Treatment

Use the link below to download some important stroke reference guides and gather even more information on surgical intervention.

For physicians

Stroke research

our fellowship

Vascular Neurology Fellowship

This is a one-year clinical training program designed to provide innovative stroke education in a competitive academic setting. Fellows receive intensive, focused training in all aspects of ischemic and hemorrhagic cerebrovascular disease, including acute and longitudinal stroke management, stroke prevention, stroke rehabilitation, neurosonography, neurovascular critical care, multimodality stroke imaging, and interventional neuroradiology.