Stroke Continuum of Care
The Stroke Clinic at Morton Plant Hospital's Neurosciences Institute is the only outpatient facility in the area that offers a comprehensive stroke assessment by a team of specialists, including a vascular neuroradiologist, an interventional neuroradiologist and a vascular neurosurgeon. These specialists examine imaging studies captured by industry-leading equipment and work together to develop a treatment plan for each patient. In addition to determining each patient's optimal combination of medication and interventional procedures, our Stroke Clinic team performs a complete assessment of each patient’s risk for future stroke, and delivers preventative education, physical therapy and rehabilitation services.
Morton Plant Hospital features a state-of-the-art biplane suite, which maps the brain simultaneously from two directions, and a specialized MRI system that provides physiologic testing of the brain. Called a 3Tesla MRI, this specialized system provides better, sharper imaging of the intricate vessels in the brain. This MRI is also faster and more powerful than a standard MRI system, and can provide an image in 10 minutes that might normally take one hour. This allows our specialists to more precisely assess the amount of blood getting to different parts of the brain prior to performing one of our specialized surgical or non-invasive procedures. These sophisticated digital imaging systems allow our neurovascular team to better assess a patient’s condition in order to determine the correct procedure for each patient and direct how that procedure is performed.
Specialized Post-Operative Care
Morton Plant Hospital offers a dedicated stroke nursing unit so our patients can receive attentive and personalized post-operative care. Our nurses undergo special training and care for only a few patients at a time. In fact, Morton Plant Hospital neurosciences nurses helped to form the local chapter of a medical society for nurses in neurosciences that provides continuing education and training.
All patients that have experienced a stroke or TIA are at risk for a future stroke, so we place great emphasis on educational activities that can greatly reduce this risk. Our Stroke Clinic offers extensive educational materials and training for patients and their families. We also have a stroke coordinator who is dedicated to teaching patients and their families to recognize the warning signs of a stroke or TIA and taking steps to prevent these events.
For more information about our Stroke Clinic, please call (727) 461-8635.