Doylestown Health's new Stroke Coordinator has extensive background in the heart and vascular system, and even has prior experience at Doylestown Hospital.
Tammy Baker took over the role in early January 2020. Prior to rejoining Doylestown Health, she worked as a physician assistant focusing on cardiology for the last fifteen years.
In her new role at Doylestown Hospital, Tammy will visit neurology patients in the hospital as part of her daily routine. She and the stroke team will continue to strengthen protocols used for stroke patients according to the most up-to-date American Heart Association guidelines. And she'll be part of programs to educate the community about stroke risks, symptoms and treatment.
"Hopefully I can make a difference in the community," says Tammy. "I'm glad to be part of a team that works very well together to offer better outcomes for stroke patients."
Tammy, who grew up in Doylestown, began her career as an EKG technician in Cardiac Services at Doylestown Hospital. "I always liked the heart," says Tammy, who went on to earn RCIS certification and work in a catheterization lab for about five years.
As the physician assistant profession was growing, Tammy decided to return to school and earned certification and a Master's degree as a physician assistant from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa. She completed a cardiothoracic surgery rotation at Doylestown Hospital during that time.
Tammy returns to Doylestown Hospital to oversee a successful stroke program. Doylestown Hospital is designated as a Stroke Resource Center by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association and is also a Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center.
Stroke is the number five cause of death, and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.
A stroke is an interruption of the blood supply to any part of the brain. When part of the brain does not get blood flow due to a blocked or ruptured blood vessel, that part of the brain starts to die. At Doylestown Health, a stroke alert system is in place to provide the fastest stroke care.
One of the messages Tammy will be working to spread in the community is the importance of calling 911 for stroke symptoms, so that EMS (Emergency Medical Services) can notify the hospital that a suspected stroke patient is on the way, putting the stroke team on alert.
Tammy will take part in education programs in the community as well as stroke screenings at Doylestown Hospital. She will also be involved with the Stroke Support Group that meets at the hospital.
"I like being back," says Tammy. "It feels like home. It is nice to be part of this community."
About Stroke Care at Doylestown Health
Doylestown Hospital follows national guidelines that can greatly improve long-term outcomes for stroke patients. The Joint Commission awarded Doylestown Hospital with the Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers in recognition of our commitment to excellence in stroke care. As part of this multidisciplinary program, Doylestown Health interventional cardiologists perform an innovative non-surgical stroke treatment for large vessel blockages through Intra-Arterial Thrombectomy (IAT) to remove a stroke-causing clot thus resolving stroke symptoms immediately.