In Maryland, a patient arrives at the hospital every
30 minutes suffering from a stroke. Both Harford
Memorial Hospital (HMH) and Upper Chesapeake
Medical Center (UCMC) are well equipped to treat
patients with symptoms of stroke, now that both hospitals are accredited
as Primary Acute Stroke Centers. HMH and UCMC are
among 27 Maryland hospitals to receive this designation granted by the
Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Management Systems (MIEMSS).
There is evidence that having a well-coordinated
team specializing in the care of acute stroke patients does improve outcomes
for stroke patients. The following components are required of all Primary
Stroke Centers and are in place at both Harford Memorial
Hospital and Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.
A board-certified neurologist on staff.
A response team that assembles quickly to treat patients
within minutes of their arrival; and
Diagnostic resources that provide thorough patient
evaluations to reduce the risk of permanent disability.
when a stroke strikes, Harford and Cecil County
can get unparalleled care
close to home.
Stroke Warning Signs
American Stroke Association highlights the following as warning
signs of stroke:
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face,
arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of
balance or coordination