PALM BAY – Health First’s Palm Bay Hospital was recently designated a primary stroke center by The Joint Commission. This is the first time Palm Bay Hospital has received this distinction, which recognizes hospitals that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. The certification signifies the services available at Palm Bay Hospital have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving patient outcomes.

As a primary stroke center, Palm Bay Hospital can now receive Emergency Medical Service (EMS) patients who are showing signs or symptoms of stroke, or stroke alert. Once at the hospital, patients will receive emergency care and treatment to limit complications, improve recovery and prevent another stroke. After emergency treatment, stroke care focuses on helping patients recover as much function as possible and return to independent living. This is a huge achievement in the Brevard community that highlights the quality care being provided is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

“We are proud to provide this much-needed service to south Brevard, and thrilled to receive this designation,” said Angelica Rastegarlari, Vice President/Hospital Administrator at Palm Bay Hospital. "Designation as a primary stroke center is one more way we are able to improve the wellness and health of our community as One Health First.”

Palm Bay Hospital’s designation closes an important loop, making all four Health First hospitals primary stroke centers, and allowing Health First to best serve the needs of all Brevard County residents showing signs or symptoms of stroke.

In 2018, Health First treated more than 1,000 stroke patients across Brevard.

For more information about the services offered at Palm Bay Hospital, visit

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