man suffering from a heart attack or a stroke

Best practice heart and stroke emergency treatment is 100% active at DCH

You know your body better than anyone. If you’re experiencing signs of a heart attack or stroke and you sense something is seriously wrong, you should seek health care advice or go to the emergency department right away. Our emergency medical team at the DCH Emergency Department is highly skilled and trained to administer life-saving emergency treatment for heart attacks and strokes.

We practice the same procedures as other leading emergency centers in America. When you arrive at the DCH Emergency Department, our goal is to stabilize your emergency quickly to best assess the ideal care path you require. When more advanced care is needed, we are quickly connected to leading heart and stroke centers in the northern Midwest region, with air and ground transport available 24/7/365.

When you get emergency heart and stroke care at DCH, locally-based Cardiologist Dr. Clay Shaker is available to review your situation. Using his expertise and experience, he will review your case and direct the next steps to get care, whether that be getting care close to home or being transported to another advanced health care system.

Dickinson County Healthcare has been working diligently on a revitalized Emergency Department which includes a complete renovation of over 10,000 sq. ft. of patient care area, including private care rooms with breakaway glass, negative pressure treatment rooms, a respiratory care suite, and two triage rooms. The new Emergency Department will be fully operational in October 2021.


Ryan Hart, DO, is an Emergency Medicine Physician at Dickinson County Healthcare System. Dr. Hart graduated from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 2009.