District Stroke Centre

If you think that you or anyone around you may be experiencing a stroke, it is very important that you call 9-1-1 for an ambulance immediately. Do not drive yourself to the hospital.

The District Stroke Centre at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare helps to reduce the effects of stroke through treatment that follows province-wide best practices for stroke. The District Stroke Centre means that we have specially trained staff and physicians educated in stroke best practices. The role of a District Stroke Centre is also to:

  • Provide organized stroke prevention and care to the Muskoka area;
  • Provide leadership and work with stakeholders to achieve integrated stroke care throughout the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN; and
  • Work with the Regional Stroke Centre, and other partners, to provide leadership in coordinating stroke care throughout our catchment area and across the entire continuum of care.

MAHC's Huntsville District Memorial Hospital Site has been designated a District Stroke Centre under the Ontario Stroke System. This means as a district centre we are the only hospital in Muskoka that provides the clot-busting drug tPA and the ambulance will go directly to the Emergency Department in Huntsville where you will be treated.

Once a stroke patient is stabilized, an interprofessional team will work with patients to help to improve the physical, cognitive, and communicative deficits that are often a result of stroke. Our team works with patients and their families to develop a recovery plan.

Know Your Risk Factors

Each person has their own risk factors for stroke.  By discussing this with your health care providers, you can learn about your risks, and reduce your risk by taking action to manage them.  The Heart & Stroke Foundation provides a FAST way to recognize the signs of stroke:

Warning signs of stroke using the FAST acronym

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the Manager of Inpatient Services and District Stroke Centre at 705-789-2311, ext. 2223, or the District Stroke Nurse at 705-789-2311, ext. 2505.

Community Education

Our District Stroke Nurse makes community presentations to educate about MAHC's District Stroke Centre, risk factors and stroke prevention, and what to do if you think someone is having a stroke. To arrange a presentation, please call 705-789-2311, ext. 2505 or email Donna Crump.