Marcus Neuroscience Institute to Host World Stroke Day Event

BOCA RATON, FL – October 18, 2018 ­– In recognition of World Stroke Day, the Marcus Neuroscience Institute (MNI) at Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) will be hosting a special event on Monday, October 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help spread awareness and kick off its initiative to train 5,000 members of the community on the signs and symptoms of stroke.

The World Stroke Day event will offer health screenings for stroke risk and education sessions led by MNI medical staff. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to tour a Mobile Stroke Unit. The education sessions will focus on recognizing the early signs and symptoms of stroke using the B.E. F.A.S.T. technique. The B.E. F.A.S.T. acronym (Balance, Eyes, Face, Arms, Speech and Time) is a simple way to remember the necessary steps in identifying a stroke and providing immediate assistance.

“As a leader in stroke treatment, our Hospital has a responsibility to ensure the community is fully educated on understanding the signs of stroke and knows what to do if one occurs,” said Brian Snelling, MD, Director of Cerebrovascular & Endovascular Neurosurgery at MNI. “When someone is experiencing a stroke, every minute counts.”

The Honorable Scott Singer, Boca Raton Mayor, will be in attendance to show his support and read a proclamation to further recognize World Stroke Day’s importance to the community.

BRRH is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). Boca Regional is one of only 20 AHCA stroke centers in the state of Florida and one of only four in Palm Beach County to receive this designation.

Studies show that hospitals designated as Comprehensive Stroke Centers offer patients the best chance for survival and return to normal life. Mounting research shows that stroke victims receive better treatment and recover with fewer disabilities at such hospitals. For instance, comprehensive stroke center recommendations require round-the-clock neurosurgical staff and the latest technology to swiftly and accurately diagnose and treat acute stroke victims on an emergency basis. They offer access to advanced neuroradiological imaging and therapeutic techniques, which provides the widest range of interventional options to stop and minimize potential damage from a stroke.

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 – Advancing the boundaries of medicine.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary medical center ( with 400 beds, 2,800 employees and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff. The Hospital is a recognized leader in Oncology, Cardiovascular Disease and Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Orthopedics, Women’s Health, Emergency Medicine and the Neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

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