Stroke center in Pensacola, Florida

West Florida Healthcare offers a comprehensive stroke care program to patients in the Greater Pensacola area. Our stroke program provides nationally recognized care to patients who have experienced a stroke. We offer expert treatments, stroke rehabilitation and a support group to help every patient achieve a maximum level of independence following a stroke.

To learn more about our stroke center, please call Consult-A-Nurse® at (850) 494-3212.

Nationally recognized stroke care

West Florida Hospital, our area's leader in stroke care, is certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. This means that in addition to our dedicated physicians and specialized staff, we offer leading-edge treatments and technologies, like interventional radiology procedures and life-saving clot-busting medications. We also have quick access to labs, medications and neurological imaging at our neurological care center.

West Florida Hospital earned the American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes our achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients experiencing strokes.

Stroke warning signs

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. today, affecting nearly 800,000 people each year.

If you or someone with you has one or more of the below signs, don't delay. Immediately call 911, and tell them to bring you to the ER at West Florida Hospital.

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

Stroke therapy

Statistics show that rehabilitation initiated early after a stroke can help enhance a patient's quality of life. West Florida Rehabilitation Institute provides a stroke rehab program to help patients make social, psychological and physical adjustments following a stroke.

Our program is designed for patients who have experienced mild, moderate and severe strokes, and treatment is personalized for each patient's needs. Therapy is provided for a minimum of three hours per day, at least five days per week, to increase independence and function.

Stroke therapy focuses on:

  • Adaptive aquatics
  • Bowel and bladder management
  • Communication
  • Community re-entry
  • Coping skills
  • Dressing/grooming
  • Driving
  • Eating
  • Homemaking
  • Hygiene
  • Leisure skills
  • Mobility
  • Problem solving skills
  • Skin care
  • Swallowing

Regular team conferences assure that a coordinated and individualized approach is taken. Stroke rehabilitation is a process of continuous learning. Ongoing patient and family education, training and practice are integral parts of the rehabilitation process.

Stroke support group

The Stroke Support Group meets monthly to help stroke survivors and their families learn how to cope with the effects of stroke. For more information or a schedule of meetings, call (850) 494-6178.