Kelly Dicks, MSN, RN, BRMC Cline Emergency Center Director (center), with
fellow staff members and the AR SAVES Site Excellence Award.
Baxter Regional Medical Center was awarded the Site Excellence Award at
the eighth annual Arkansas SAVES Conference held last week in Hot Springs,
Arkansas, for being andldquo;above the rest” in the care of stroke
patients. BRMC is one of four hospitals selected as winners of this year’s
Site Excellence Award. Sites were chosen based on exceptional performance
as a stroke ready hospital. Considerations included staff training, exceeding
programmatic expectations and community outreach.
AR SAVES (Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support), is a telemedicine
program that links emergency room doctors from 51 sites across Arkansas
to a stroke neurologist via a live, two-way video, so that even patients
in rural areas, or hospitals with no stroke neurologist available, can
receive care for strokes 24-hours a day. Led by the
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), the AR SAVES program works to ensure that patients can receive
the time-sensitive care required for good outcomes.
Statistics show that Arkansans are at a higher risk of death from stroke
than residents of most other states. Thanks to AR SAVES and excellent
sites like Baxter Regional Medical Center, Arkansans now are getting the
life-saving treatment they need when they need it.