Ashley AR Saves

Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett recently received the Site Excellence Award at the 8th annual AR SAVES Conference in Hot Springs for being “above the rest” in the care of stroke patients.

Accepting the award on behalf of Ashley County Medical Center Award (pictured from left) were Shawna Hawkins, BSN, RN, Ramona Hill, BSN, RN, Dr. Mark Dixon, Jamie West, BSN, RN, and Mary Jon Wells, BSN, RN.

The medical center 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 if 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 Ashley County Medical Center, Arkansans now are getting the life-saving treatment they need when they need it.