Our Award-Winning Stroke Center
Western Maryland Health System is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System (MIEMSS). Similar to the concept used for Maryland’s trauma centers, this designation indicates our commitment to having the resources in place to maintain high standards for stroke care.
We hold the Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for stroke, as well as the Target Honor Roll Elite Plus–both awarded by the American Heart Association.
“The WMHS Stroke Center gives patients access to a team of multidisciplinary providers who collaborate to deliver a high level of care for stroke patients. Our stroke response team meets the patients once they arrive in the ED so care begins immediately.”
–Jennifer Suter, RN, Stroke Center Coordinator
Warning Signs of a Stroke
One in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime. Get to know the common signs that indicate a stroke:
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance and coordination
- Severe headache with no known cause
Remember, getting immediate medical attention for stroke is crucial to preventing disability and death, so don’t delay–call 9-1-1.
Stroke Center Team
Our expansive team at WMHS will treat you or your family member with effective care to minimize the permanent effects a stroke can leave. Our three neurologists are also highly dedicated to the care of our patients, sharing on-call time to provide 24/7 stroke care. The full team consists of:
- Emergency Department
- Radiology Department
- Progressive Care Unit
- Intensive Care Unit
- Physical Therapist
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech Therapists
- Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
Stroke Care Coordinator
As a Gold Plus award-winning center, we support you even after discharge. You or your family member has the benefit of staying in the hospital for their outpatient rehabilitation, providing you with all the resources of acute care if needed. Additionally, you can have continued care by the same neurologist who treated you as an inpatient. Following rehabilitation, you are invited to take part in a stroke support group which meets monthly at WMHS.