Salem Hospital has received a “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.
Stroke Support Group
Second Tuesday of each month, 2-3 p.m.
Salem Hospital also hosts a Stroke Support Group dedicated to stroke survivors and their caregivers to offer support, increase opportunities for social interactions, and provide education about topics such as secondary stroke prevention and post-stroke rehabilitation. Meetings take place in person and via zoom.
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.