Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Boca Raton Regional Hospital First in Palm Beach County to Receive Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from a Nationally Recognized Certifying Organization

July 27, 2020

BOCA RATON, FL – July 27, 2020 ­– Boca Raton Regional Hospital is the first hospital in Palm Beach County to receive certification from a nationally recognized certifying organization, DNV GL Healthcare, as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, reflecting the highest level of competence for treatment of serious stroke events.

This certification signifies that the hospital’s Marcus Neuroscience Institute (MNI) meets rigorous standards for providing care to all stroke patients including endovascular embolization and surgical clipping of brain aneurysms, tPA administration and mechanical endovascular thrombectomy (EVT), a minimally invasive procedure used to remove a blood clot from the brain during an ischemic stroke.

“Our hospital continues to serve as a leader in providing the highest quality of care to stroke patients in the region and this certification is further recognition of our exceptional reputation,” said Brian Snelling, MD, Director of Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery and Stroke at MNI. “Stroke care at this level requires a collaborative effort with extreme efficiency across all hospital services including the emergency department physicians and staff, nursing, radiology, critical care and local emergency responders.”

The DNV GL Healthcare Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that the medical center addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.

Comprehensive stroke centers are typically the largest and best-equipped hospitals in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication. In a growing number of states, stroke center certification determines to which facility a patient should be taken for the most appropriate care.

“Certification at this level validates all the effort we have put into building a world-class stroke program,” said Frank D. Vrionis, MD, MPH, PhD, Director of MNI. “This is yet another significant milestone in our Institute’s history.”

Boca Raton Regional Hospital already became a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center in July of 2019 through The Joint Commission, one of only two in Palm Beach County. “Our new Comprehensive Stroke Center certification combined with our status as a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center represents our ability to treat complex vascular cases in addition to open and endovascular procedures,” continued Vrionis. “We are one of only a few centers that can offer this spectrum of services to improve our patient outcomes.”

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and more than 87 percent of cases are ischemic strokes caused by a clot that cuts off blood flow to a part of the brain. These types of strokes are largely treatable if a patient gets to a hospital that can provide the right treatment in time.

Baptist Health’s southern neuroscience program, Miami Neuroscience Institute, in conjunction with Baptist Hospital, is a Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center.


About the Marcus Neuroscience Institute
The Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an innovative nexus for neurologic and neurosurgical care. The 57,000-square-foot facility houses a 20-bed Neuro Intensive Care and Step-Down Unit, four dedicated operating rooms — including one equipped with intraoperative MRI and two with intraoperative CT capability — and a biplane angiography suite, a crucial component in the diagnosis and care of neurological conditions. The Institute has a staff of five neurosurgeons and nine neurologists who represent some of the most respected clinicians in their fields and is affiliated with Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

About DNV GL Healthcare
DNV GL is a world-leading certification body that helps businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services. Within healthcare, DNV GL helps its customers achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety through hospital accreditation, disease-specific certifications and quality-management training. The DNV GL operates in more than 100 countries. Our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping its customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. For more information about DNV GL Healthcare, visit

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