Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center


Prompt, Expert Treatment for Stroke Patients

Stroke is the number five cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association. High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke.

A stroke, sometimes referred to as a cerebral vascular accident (CVA) or a “brain attack”, is an interruption in the flow of blood to cells in the brain. Deprived of oxygen from the blood, the cells die. A stroke occurs when (1) a blockage of an artery prevents blood from reaching cells in the brain, or (2) an artery ruptures inside or outside the brain, causing hemorrhage.

According to experts, a stroke should be treated with the same urgency as a heart attack. Every second is critical to patient care, survival and subsequent quality of life.

At Manatee Memorial, stroke patients receive specially-designed services and treatments which focus on prevention and intervention, as well as rehabilitation and education.

Fast, Team-Based Stroke Services

With fast, team-based stroke services, The Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center at Manatee Memorial offers a rapid-response Stroke Alert Team to evaluate and treat all stroke emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Recognized by the American Stroke Association — Get With The Guidelines Stroke Initial Performance Achievement Award from 2005-2015 — our team-based approach allows for streamlined treatment and services. In fact, recent clinical studies indicate that a team approach was shown to improve patient outcomes.

To help deliver prompt, quality care, the multidisciplinary Stroke Alert Team may consist of:

  • Emergency physicians
  • Emergency nurses
  • Neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Specially-trained nurses
  • Medical technicians

Expanded Unit with Advanced Treatments

Our expanded stroke unit offers advanced diagnostics and stroke treatments.

Included among our treatment methods is thrombolytic therapy, which can greatly benefit patients if administered within three hours of a stroke.

A Full Continuum of Care

At Manatee Memorial, stroke patients can access a full complement of specially-designed services and treatments which focus on:

  • Prevention and intervention
  • Education
  • Active management of strokes
  • Rehabilitation

Know the Possible Warning Signs of a Stroke

  • Numbness, weakness or paralysis in face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden blurred or decreased vision in one or both eyes.
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding simple statements.
  • Loss of balance or coordination when combined with another sign.

Remember: If you experience any signs of a stroke, call 911 immediately!

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Meet The Staff

Ralph F. Gonzalez
Ralph F. Gonzalez, DD
Medical Director


Christine Gonzalez 

Christine Gonzalez, RN, CNRN
Manatee Healthcare System Stroke Coordinator

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Gold Plus Achievement Award for
Stroke Care

AHA GWTGFor the eighth year, Manatee Memorial Hospital has received the Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® program, after receiving the associations' Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award every year since 2006.

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HOPE Stroke Support Group
For Survivors and Caregivers

Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month from 4 – 6 p.m. at IMG Academy Golf Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy, Bradenton, 34210. Each month will feature a different topic and speaker. This support group is in partnership with Florida Home Health and Manatee Memorial Hospital. Dinner is provided. For questions or to reserve your place, please call 941-773-4628.

Manatee Memorial Hospital is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), a King of Prussia, PA-based company, that is one of the largest healthcare management companies in the nation.      

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