UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center: About Us

Know the signs of a stroke - face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty - time to call 911

If you or a loved one is having a stroke, call 911 immediately!

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or reduced. It is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. Brain cells begin dying within minutes of a stroke because blood and nutrients to the brain stop. Early action and rapid treatment can reduce brain damage and other permanent complications.

Signs of a stroke

If you notice signs of a stroke, think F.A.S.T. to get your family members or friends immediate care. Signs and symptoms may come and go or possibly disappear altogether but if you detect any of the following call 911. Thinking F.A.S.T. can save your friends’ and family members’ lives.

  • Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Or is one arm unable to rise?
  • Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his or her speech slurred or strange?
  • Time. If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

Types of strokes

Hemorrhagic (Bleed)
A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a weakened vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the surrounding brain.

Ischemic (Clot)
An ischemic stroke occurs when a vessel supplying blood to the brain is obstructed.

program certification

UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center

Certified by The Joint Commission and the American Stroke Association/American Heart Association

The UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center is part of an elite group of providers focused on quality stroke care. Comprehensive Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in expert stroke care.

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. The UF Health Shands Comprehensive Stroke Center has been certified by The Joint Commission as a testament to meeting Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements, including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments and staff with unique education and competency standards.

As part of our comprehensive care, we offer online consultations and rapid stroke assessment to physicians at a network of locations, including Leesburg and The Villages.

UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital

Patients who visit UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital will be met with a welcoming design, one that matches its inviting 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.

UF Health Shands Hospital

Why choose us?

  • Advanced imaging capabilities
  • Comprehensive stroke center certification
  • Hybrid operating rooms
  • NeuroCritical Care
  • Neuromedicine ICU
  • Streamlined accessibility


1505 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608

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