Stroke Program

Maine Medical Center is committed to meeting the specialized needs of stroke patients. We offer smooth access to a full-range of stroke diagnostics, treatments, and rehabilitation resources. When saving time may save brain function, the ability of our system to speed up stroke diagnosis and treatment is crucial to ensuring the best patient outcomes for our community members.

Program Highlights

  • 24-hour local neurology support
  • Dedicated team of expert physicians, nurses, technologists, and therapists working together to ensure the best outcomes
  • Laboratory services available 24 hours a day
  • Emergency team evaluation response within 15 minutes if a patient has stroke symptoms
  • Highly trained emergency department staff who are experienced in diagnosing and treating strokes
  • Emergency medical services let us know when a stroke patient is on their way to MMC so that we are ready for emergency stroke care
  • Rapid performance of advanced neuro-imaging studies to determine the cause of the stroke
  • Coordination of care throughout the entire healing process
  • tPA (blood clot-busting medicine) for qualifying patients within 45 minutes of a confirmed stroke
  • Quality improvement activities, including: a registry for tracking patient treatments, timelines for treatments, and measures of patient outcomes

Comprehensive Stroke Center

Maine Medical Center (MMC) is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. MMC is the only stroke center in Maine with all the diagnostic technology and advanced treatments for acute stroke. MMC is the only Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Maine, and one of only four in all of New England.

Comprehensive Stroke Centers follow these best practices for stroke care:

  • Using a standardized method for delivering care
  • Supporting patients’ self-management activities
  • Tailoring treatment and intervention to individual needs
  • Utilizing stroke specific emergency treatment pathways, protocols, and orders that reflect the most current stroke research and guideline recommendations
  • Analyzing and using standard performance measure data to continually improve treatment plans
  • Demonstrating use of and compliance with clinical practice guidelines published by the American Heart and American Stroke Associations
  • Providing specialized stroke education for all nurses on stroke-dedicated units and emergency department
  • Ensuring that patient information is shared appropriately within the healthcare system, while maintaining patient rights, security and privacy

Telestroke Network

The MaineHealth Telestroke Network brings the expertise of Maine Medical Center's neurologists to community hospitals' emergency departments, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Using two-way videoconferencing equipment and electronic transfer of CT scans, the Telestroke Network gives community-based physicians quick access to specialists who are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.

Learn more about the MaineHealth Telestroke Network.

Stroke Recovery

Surviving & Thriving After Stroke

More and more people are surviving and thriving after acute stroke. Our goal is to get our patients to the right level of care at the right time. We work closely with our colleagues who support acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers to help assure that providers have the information they need to tailor a treatment program that is best for our patients.

On average, Maine Medical Center treats 800 – 900 stroke patients annually.

 

Neurological Rehabilitation

An important part of stroke care is rehabilitation. Maine Medical Center and New England Rehabilitation Hospital work closely together to give patients a seamless continuum of care as they recover from a stroke. Learn more about neurological rehabilitation.

Following Up

All patients who are discharged directly from the hospital to their home will receive a phone call from a stroke nurse within one week. The nurse checks the patient's recovery status and gives additional education and guidance, if needed.

Awards & Recognitions

MMC is the first healthcare facility in Maine to earn distinction as a Comprehensive Stroke Center from the Joint Commission, demonstrating its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

Our program at MMC is surveyed every two years by the Joint Commission during a two-day on-site visit from two of their experts. They validate that our program is in compliance with their standards.

MMC earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for utilizing a standardized method of delivering integrated and coordinated clinical care based on criteria developed in conjunction with the American Stroke Association and the Brain Attack Coalition.



Patient Satisfaction

We take pride in assuring our patients have the best support possible while recovering from stroke. Our goal is to help our patients understand the following:

  • What caused their stroke
  • How to prevent another stroke
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of stroke
  • Seek immediate medical help if they think they may be having another stroke

An important way that we measure success is through patient feedback. Satisfaction surveys are given to stroke patients. We use this information to keep improving our care and patient satisfaction.

92% of Maine Medical Center stroke patients receive comprehensive stroke education prior to going home.

 

74% of Maine Medical Center stroke patients are able to return home or go to rehabilitation after their hospital visit.

 

 

Tim's Story

Because of a quick diagnosis via the MaineHealth Telestroke Network and Dr. Jane Morris, Tim was able to be transferred to MMC where he received the right treatment, quickly.