Stroke Services

We will all likely require immediate medical attention at some point, and we're all familiar with frustrating, very long wait times in emergency rooms. Here at Harrington's Emergency Care Center (ECC), we're changing that experience by providing seamless, around-the-clock, compassionate service from our experienced physicians and nurses, many of whom personally know the patients they treat.

Thanks to our advanced technology, you can expect a reasonable wait time before being seen in one of our large private rooms:

  • MedHost, an electronic medical record and tracking system that is even more advanced than systems used at most major medical centers, allows us to serve you more efficiently. MedHost provides real-time access to patient records and test results, putting you at ease by delivering results quickly.
  • We also offer expert, real-time reading of your scans through our collaboration with distinguished radiologists with Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Link to Diagnostic Imaging.

We are expanding the ECC on our Harrington campus, and we are upgrading our Emergency Care at Hubbard so that patients in Webster will continue to receive excellent care close to home.

Harrington's Webster and Southbridge Emergency Rooms are also Primary Stroke Service Centers, as designated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Our nurses and doctors are trained to provide treatment to anyone exhibiting the signs or symptoms of a stroke 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Harrington's Emergency Care staff works in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Partners TeleStroke Center to provide a state-of-the-art telemedicine system. The partnership allows our physicians and nurses to instantly communicate via videoconference with neurologists at MGH.

During the video consult, the neurologist can see and hear everything that is going on at the bedside, allowing for direct communication with the patient and family to evaluate their condition, and participate with the ER staff in assessment and treatment. The rapid identification and treatment of patients who exhibit signs and symptoms of stroke is critical. Telemedicine systems have proven successful at hospitals across the country.