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Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease


Maine Medical Center (MMC) is committed to meeting the specialized needs of stroke patients. We offer streamlined access to comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation resources for stroke. Specially-trained physicians and support staff are on hand 24/7 for the administration of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), the only FDA-approved thrombolytic agent for treating ischemic stroke within the first three hours of the onset of symptoms.

As a result of close collaboration between the multidisciplinary stroke program and MMC's Emergency Department, more patients are brought into the stroke care pathway within the three-hour window needed for tPA administration.

MC was the first healthcare facility in Maine to earn distinction as a Primary Stroke Center from the Joint Commission, demonstrating its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. MMC earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for utilizing a standardized method of delivering integrated and coordinated clinical care based on criteria developed in conjunction with the American Stroke Association and the Brain Attack Coalition.

View Dr. Robert D. Ecker's Profile


The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize this hospital for achieving at least consecutive12 months of 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® program quality indicators to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

Our dedicated stroke team is committed to
quality and best
equipped to serve patients with appropriate, evidence based clinical guidelines.


cta-listen.pngDr. John Belden appeared on MPBN"s "Maine Calling" to discuss stroke prevention and detection. A podcast of this call-in show can be heard in its entirety here.