Primary Stroke Center

Hanover Hospital is a Disease Specific Primary Stroke Center (PSC) in collaboration with the American Heart Association. The purpose of this program is to improve the quality and safety of care for patients with strokes.

Achievement of this certification was initially awarded in 2012 and again in 2014; showing that Hanover Hospital provides the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. It shows our community that the quality of care we provide is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients. As certifications only last for two years, in January 2017 Hanover will be looking forward to another on-site survey with The Joint Commission in order to be re-certified as a Primary Stroke Center.

Click here to learn more about Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll.

How to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke:

Time is Brain so act F.A.S.T.!

F = FACE: look for facial droop by asking the person to smile.

A = ARMS: ask the person to raise their arms. Does one side drift downward?

S = SPEECH: ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is the sentence repeated correctly, and does he/she understand what you are asking them to do?

T = TIME: if the person shows any of these symptoms, CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!

Every minute counts when stroke, or brain attack, happens. In order to prevent further damage to the brain – or worse – it is crucial to act so treatment can begin.


Hanover Hospital is proud to offer Telestroke, a telemedicine system focused on diagnosing and treating stroke patients quickly. The system enables real-time communication with neurology experts at Penn State Milton S. Hershey’s (HMC) Stroke Center and access to advanced interventions.

Using Telestroke’s sophisticated computer system and webcam, Hershey Medical Center physicians provide consultation that includes examining the patient, reviewing scans and speaking to the patient and family in real-time. The physicians in the Hanover Hospital Emergency Department and at Hershey Medical Center then decide on the appropriate treatment.

The Telestroke computer is also able to send page alerts to HMC with a notification about the impending (or possibility of) transfer. With one click, the computer generates the order for a helicopter dispatch and for a bed assignment at Hershey. This means there are no delays as patients arrive at the Medical Center.

Telestroke technology benefits patients in numerous ways, most importantly, offering the speed that is critical for the best outcome. It also offers more treatment options for patients who may not qualify for tPA administration, including ‘wake up’ strokes – those stricken while sleeping, with no way to gauge the exact time of onset. The tPA drug works by dissolving clots and restoring blood flow, but must be given within 3 to 4-1/2 hours of the onset of symptoms. There are other reasons why a person might not qualify for tPA administration, so having access to other treatment options is crucial.

About 73% of stroke patients usually are able to remain here in Hanover, close to home and family, and do not require transfer for further care.