Stroke Program Medical Director Neurologist Shahid Rafiq, M.D. consults
with Emergency Department Physician Dr. Danielle Warren.
Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. After just a few
minutes without blood or oxygen, brain cells begin to die, causing paralysis,
loss of speech, and death. The greatest chance for recovery from stroke
occurs when emergency treatment is started immediately.
One way the FMH Stroke Center demonstrates its commitment to prompt, thorough,
coordinated care is through its voluntary participation in the American
Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®
Stroke program. Based on its success in meeting this program’s top
standards for stroke care, FMH recently received the Stroke Gold Plus
Quality Achievement Award, the program’s highest recognition.
Led by Board-certified neurologist Dr. Shahid Rafiq, Frederick Memorial’s
stroke specialists work closely with the other members of the multidisciplinary
team for the best patient outcomes. According to Stroke Program Coordinator
Tom Shupp, the staff of the emergency room is an important part of the
stroke team and is specially trained to evaluate and begin treatment as
quickly as possible.
Pictured L-R: Stroke Program Coodinator Tom Shupp with Stroke Unit Manager
Cathy Aker and Emergency Department Manager Judy Roberts.
Designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Maryland Institute of Emergency
Medical Service Systems (MIEMSS), FMH has also received Target: Stroke
Honor Roll Elite recognition. The FMH Stroke Center was given this award
for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital
arrival and treatment with clot-busting drug tPA, the only drug approved
by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. Patients
experiencing a stroke who receive tPA within three hours of the onset
of symptoms may recover more quickly and are less likely to suffer severe
Click here to learn more about the warning signs of a stroke.