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Primary Stroke Center Team

At Adventist HealthCare's Primary Stroke Centers, our multi-disciplinary stroke teams are made up of an Emergency Department physician, a neurologist, the stroke program coordinator, a stroke nurse responder, a bedside nurse and a radiologist – is on-call 24 hours a day to identify stroke patients and begin treatment quickly to improve outcomes and minimize the chances of long-term disability.

Once admitted, our patients are treated on a dedicated stroke unit staffed with specialized nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists and, if necessary, the nurse diabetes educator. We provide a system of care that follows nationally accepted guidelines, which ensure consistency among all of our patients.

Meet Our Stroke Team

Shady Grove Medical Center

Perry Smith, M.D., Ph.D.
Stroke Program Medical Director

Dr. Perry Smith is a neurohospitalist and the stroke program medical director at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. Prior to this, he was a clinical fellow in the neuro-oncology branch at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Smith holds a medical degree and Ph.D. from University of Connecticut Health Center.

In 2013, Dr. Smith was named a “Top Doc” in Washingtonian Magazine. In 2009, he received the Roger Bannister Award for having the fastest door-to-tPA time in Yale Neurology. This is the time that it takes for a stroke patient to arrive at the emergency department and to receive tPA, a clot-dissolving medicine. Fast door-to-tPA times help stroke patients have the best outcomes possible.

Washington Adventist Hospital

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.

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