Primary Stroke Center

Mount Nittany Medical Center is accredited through the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. It received the American Heart Association & American Stroke Association 2020 Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke SM Honor Roll Elite. The Center and staff are committed to providing you and your loved ones with expert care and comprehensive educational and support resources and is coordinated by our stroke coordinator.

The Mount Nittany Health primary stroke program ensures that from the time emergency medical services (EMS) are called, through the hospital stay, even into post discharge follow-up and rehabilitation, patients with stroke receive the care they need. In addition, on-going education and support services for the care-givers are provided as well.

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What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain are cut off. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America, and can happen to anyone at any time.

When a blood clot blocks an artery, or a blood vessel breaks, blood flow to the brain is interrupted, brain cells begin to die, and brain damage occurs. As brain cells die during a stroke, abilities such as speech, movement, and memory can be lost. Stroke patients are affected in different ways, depending on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much of the brain is damaged.

Approximately 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year, and African Americans have almost twice the risk as Caucasians. This year alone, nearly 800,000 strokes will occur.

There are three main types of strokes that can occur:

  • Ischemic strokes
  • Hemorrhagic strokes
  • Transient Ischemic Attacks

Ischemic strokes

Ischemic strokes are the most common type of stroke, accounting for about 87 percent of all cases. An Ischemic stroke occurs when arteries are blocked by blood clots or by the gradual build-up of plaque.

Hemorrhagic strokes

Hemorrhagic strokes occur when a blood vessel in the brain breaks and leaks blood into the brain. While less common than Ischemic strokes, Hemorrhagic strokes are responsible for more than 30 percent of all stroke deaths.

Transient Ischemic Attacks

Transient Ischemic Attacks, abbreviated TIA and also known as “mini strokes,” increase with age. It is estimated that up to 40 percent of all people who suffer a TIA will then experience a full stroke/


Meet the Stroke Coordinator

Susan MaynardSusan Maynard, MS, RN-BC, CCNS-CMC, CCRN-K, is the stroke coordinator for Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Maynard graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1996 and achieved her master’s degree in 2010 from the University of California, San Francisco. She has previously worked as a bedside nurse in cardiology and critical care at the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins Hospital, and as a nurse coordinator for interventional radiology and the cardiac cath lab at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Her most recent position was as the critical care clinical nurse specialist at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, Calif. 

Maynard is responsible for the coordination of stroke care across the continuum. From the time EMS is called, through the hospital stay and even into rehabilitation, Maynard’s job is to to make sure stroke survivors and their families receive the care they need.