Seconds count when a person suffers a stroke. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and the leading cause of disability.
Established in 2008, the Eastern Maine Medical Center Stroke Center is a comprehensive stroke and cerebrovascular program that is made up of a caring team of neurologists, nurse specialists and clinical researchers committed to delivering the highest quality of stroke care in Maine. The recent development of new interventions offers real hope to change a once bleak prognosis for acute stroke victims. These new therapies, while not widely available in rural settings, are helping patients recover from stroke at EMMC.
In 2012, EMMC's Stroke Center earned the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award and the Target Stroke Award for its commitment to providing high quality healthcare, as well as their ability to work as a dedicated team to serve patients with care that is appropriate and adheres to evidence based clinical guidelines. EMMC's Stroke Center is also certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.
These awards recognizes EMMC's commitment to implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. EMMC has also received a grant from the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve the care and outcome of patient's suffering from a stroke in Maine.