Primary Acute Stroke Center Designation
Stroke Center


In Maryland, a patient arrives at the hospital every 30 minutes suffering from a stroke. Both University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital (UM HMH) and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC) are well equipped to treat patients with symptoms of stroke, now that both hospitals are accredited as Primary Acute Stroke Centers. UM HMH and UM 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 UM HMH and UM UCMC.

  • 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.
So now when a stroke strikes, Harford and Cecil County
residents can get unparalleled care close to home.

Stroke Warning Signs

The 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
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
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