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Stroke Center

Salem Hospital has received a 2023 “Get With The Guidelines” award from the American Heart Association, for excellence in treating stroke. The honor was given with “Gold Plus” distinction – the highest level of the award given by the organization. Read the press release about our Gold Plus distinction for stroke care.

We are also a designated Stroke Center, which means our emergency department and inpatient units are able to rapidly diagnosis and treat stroke patients and administer brain imaging scans as needed. In collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital neurologists, our physicians conduct patient evaluations and administer clot-busting medications to those who need it.


Call 911 if you think someone is having a stroke.



  • Does the person's face look uneven? Ask him or her to smile so you can check to see if it looks crooked.



  • Does one of the person's arm drift down? Ask him or her to raise both arms. If one arm is lower that is a potential sign of a stroke.



  • Does the person's speech sound strange? Ask him or her to say a simple sentence, such as, "The sky is blue." If their words are garbled or senseless that is a strong sign of a stroke.



  • If you observe any of these three symptoms, call 9.1.1.