Comprehensive Stroke Center

Patients and their loved ones in Polk County and surrounding areas benefit from Lakeland Regional Health’s lifesaving complex stroke and neurological care.

Since 2008, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center has operated a Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center. The Joint Commission and the Agency for Health Care Administration developed Advanced Certification designations for those hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex cases. Lakeland Regional Health’s Stroke Center is newly designated as a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Agency for Health Care Administration.


Our high level of Stroke Center certification recognizes the significant difference in resources, staff and training necessary for the treatment of complex stroke cases. To earn this certification, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center was required to meet rigorous standards, including:

  • Physicians and other specialists trained in vascular (blood vessel), neurology, neurosurgery and endovascular treatments
  • Experience and knowledge in treating patients with complex types of stroke
  • Dedicated neurointensive care unit for complex stroke patients
  • Participation in stroke research

The Stroke Center at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center also is consistently recognized with the Get With the Guidelines Target Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus award by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.


Stroke Facts from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:

  • Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States.
  • Stroke kills someone in the U.S. about once every four minutes.
  • African-Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first-ever stroke than whites, and a much higher death rate from stroke.
  • Stroke causes 1 of every 20 deaths in the U.S.
  • Stroke is the leading preventable cause of disability.

The good news is that as people become more informed about the warning signs of stroke and as stroke care has advanced, patient outcomes have improved.

Risk factors for stroke include:

  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • high cholesterol
  • atrial fibrillation
  • TIA’s (transient ischemic attacks)
  • carotid disease
  • smoking
  • excessive alcohol intake
  • obesity


Warning Signs of Stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Knowing the warning signs of a stroke can lead to earlier treatment


Recovery from a Stroke

Treatment following a stroke depends on the type of stroke involved. The Comprehensive Stroke Center at LRH also provides advanced medical services to aid in recovery from stroke. Rehabilitation begins soon after diagnosis and can continue in the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitative Medicine* and through our outpatient rehabilitative services.


Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group

Days of Class: the third Wednesday of every month
Class Duration: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: B201 Conference Room at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center

For more information, visit our Classes page.

Registration is not required for this free program.

*for eligible patients


Neurosurgeons specialize in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system. Neurointerventional radiologists are experts using imaging equipment to see into the body and guide their procedures.

Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center’s highly-trained neurosurgeons and neurointerventional radiologists have access to outstanding technological resources and work with gifted surgical teams to deliver the best outcomes and safest care to our patients and families.

Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center is home to the County’s only Biplanar NeuroInterventional Suite. This suite gives our fellowship trained neurosurgeons the advanced technology necessary to perform lifesaving procedures, previously only available outside Polk County, at our hospital, substantially reducing the time to treatment for patients experiencing medical emergencies.

Our fellowship-trained neurosurgeons perform a wide array of lifesaving procedures. They treat complex neurointerventional cases, such as stroke, brain tumors, cerebral aneurysms and other conditions of the central nervous system. With the addition of our Biplanar NeuroInterventional Suite, our surgeons have additional resources to ensure optimum outcomes, as patients treated using biplanar technology are likely to experience shorter recovery times, less pain and less complications.