Wuesthoff Health System Teams Up with UF Health to Launch Innovative Heart and Stroke Program

ROCKLEDGE, FL (October 26, 2012) — Heart and stroke victims in Brevard County now have unprecedented access to state-of-the-art cardiac and stroke emergency services as Wuesthoff Health System teams up with UF Health in a new alliance.

“When every second counts, patients can feel assured that our emergency room is not only minutes away, but our top professionals are now linked with UF physicians at UF Health Shands Hospital, which consistently ranks among the country’s top 50 hospitals,” said Tim Cerullo, CEO of Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge.

The alliance brings the University’s highly acclaimed doctors, resources and protocols to Wuesthoff Health System through the Heart and Stroke Emergency Specialists program. It allows for teleconferencing consultations between physicians, continuing education and all other levels of hands-on educational exchange.

According to Jeannette Skinner, CEO of Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne, cardiac and stroke patients can expect more accurate, in-depth diagnoses. Additionally, patients from Wuesthoff Health System will receive transfer benefits to UF Health Shands Hospital, when necessary.

Last year, UF Health formed an alliance with Wuesthoff Health System’s sister facilities, Brooksville Regional Hospital and Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Hernando County, Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Citrus County and most recently with Sebastian River Medical Center in Indian River County and Pasco Regional Medical Center in Pasco County.

“We had been looking to extend our programs beyond Gainesville and Wuesthoff Health System has highly-ranked certified primary stroke centers. Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge also has Coronary Artery Disease Specific Certification from The Joint

Commission.” said Tim Goldfarb, CEO of Shands HealthCare. “Now we are very excited to join forces with the wonderful cardiac and stroke experts at Wuesthoff Health System as we partner to give world-class care to Brevard County residents.”

For more information on the Heart and Stroke Emergency Specialists program, including personal and heart and stroke risk assessments, visit www.HeartStrokeERspecialists.com.

About UF Health

UF Health encompasses the University of Florida Health Science Center – the Southeast’s most comprehensive academic health center – and the Shands family of hospitals and services. With campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville, UF Health includes six health colleges, six research institutes, two teaching hospitals, two specialty hospitals and a host of physician medical practices and outpatient services throughout north central and northeast Florida. Our mission is to promote health through outstanding and high-quality patient care; innovative and rigorous education in the health professions and biomedical sciences; and high-impact research across the spectrum of basic, translational and clinical investigation.