Ashley County Medical Center recently was awarded an Honorable Mention Award at the tenth anniversary of AR SAVES Conference in Hot Springs for being “most improved” in the care of stroke patients.

The medical center is one of six hospitals selected as winners of this year’s Honorable Mention Award. Sites were selected based on meeting basic requirements of an AR SAVES site and by making improvements with many of their internal processes, training and community outreach during the year.

AR SAVES (Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support) is a telemedicine program that links emergency room doctors from 54 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.

Stastics 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 Ashley County Medical Center, Arkansans are now getting the life-saving treatment they need when they need it in their hometown.