NSMC Salem Hospital and NSMC Union Hospital are designated Stroke Centers, which means our emergency departments and inpatient units are able to rapidly diagnosis and treat stroke patients, and also administer brain imaging scans as needed.  NSMC physicians in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) neurologists conduct patient evaluations and administer clot-busting medications to those who need it. NSMC Salem Hospital and NSMC Union Hospital have been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with the Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Gold Plus Award. Learn more

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.

Watch a video about stroke symptoms from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health