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Primary Stroke Center in Takoma Park, MD

Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital is a designated Primary Stroke Center by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). The designation is given to hospitals that show evidence of a stroke team that is equipped with specialized stroke expertise and resources to deliver quality stroke care.

This five-year designation highlights our hospital’s continued commitment to evaluate, stabilize, and provide enhanced emergency care to stroke patients through a coordinated approach.

Stroke Program Highlights

As a Primary Stroke Center, Washington Adventist has established a number of key elements that allow for a more streamlined approach to caring for stroke patients:

  • Acute stroke unit
  • Evidence based stroke order sets for stroke patients
  • A multidisciplinary team including neurologists, surgeons, emergency department physicians and nurses, ICU nurses, a stroke coordinator, radiologist, and intensivist, follow nationally accepted guidelines, which ensure consistent patient care is provided within all departments that interact with stroke patients.
  • An integrated emergency response system allows emergency medical services (EMS) to alert the Emergency Department (ED) that a stroke patient is coming to our hospital and continues through ED care to the stroke unit.

This comprehensive approach to high-quality care for stroke patients at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital ensures rapid assessment, diagnosis, and treatment upon the patient’s arrival to the ED and throughout the care experience.

Stroke Team

At Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, patients receive immediate access to the extensive capabilities of our Stroke Team who is specially trained in assessing the patient and providing expert diagnosis and treatment to prevent serious brain damage.

The immediate actions of the Stroke Team for both the ED patients and the in-patients are aimed at the identification and assessment of the patient for tPA administration. tPA is a blood thinner that can begin to dissolve the blood clot causing the stroke and can benefit the patient by potentially decreasing or resolving neurological deficits.

Meet Our Program Coordinator

Peggy ElterPeggy Elter
Stroke Program Coordinator

Peggy brings to her position a wealth of knowledge and health care experience through serving as a nurse for more than 26 years. She joins Washington Adventist from Southern Maryland Hospitals where as a stroke program coordinator since 2005, was instrumental in developing the program. She has a vast understanding of the state regulatory standards required for clinical excellence in the care of stroke patients.

Peggy is currently pursuing a BSN degree at Walden University and is actively involved in numerous professional healthcare organizations including the National Stroke Association and Maryland Stroke Alliance.

Stroke Symptoms & Risks

Recognize Common Stroke Symptoms

  • 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

Learn the Risk Factors for Stroke

*80% of all strokes are preventable. Controlling your risk factors helps decrease the chance of having a stroke.

Uncontrollable Risk Factors Controllable Risk Factors
  • Being over age 55
  • Being male
  • Being African American, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander
  • Having a family history of stroke
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Excessive alcohol
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Other heart disease
Take our Stroke Quiz to Test Your Knowledge

Did You Know?

  • During a stroke, two million brain cells die every minute, increasing risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death.
  • About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That is about the same amount that fills a football stadium.
  • Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death and the number one reason for disability in the U.S.
  • In the U.S., the stroke occurs every 40 seconds and someone dies every 3 minutes. In the state of Maryland, a stroke occurs every 45 minutes and someone dies every 3 hours. (National Stroke Association)

Published research has shown that the rapid and coordinated team approach provided by Primary Stroke Centers leads to the best outcomes for stroke patients.

Where Can I Learn More About Stroke?

For additional stroke related information, please visit our Stroke Library

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Washington Adventist Hospital · 301-891-7600

7600 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912

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