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Hospitals Recognized For Stroke Care Performance

The Arkansas Dept. of Health recognized three hospitals for Stroke Care Performance
LITTLE ROCK, AR- The Arkansas Department of Health has recognized three hospitals and two individuals for stroke care performance and other outstanding contributions to support the goals of the Coverdell Arkansas Stroke Registry.

The three hospitals receiving performance awards are: Piggott Community Hospital, White River Medical Center, and Sparks Regional Medical Center.

The two individuals receiving awards are Joanne Woodward of St. Bernard's Medical Center and Janie Evans from the White River Medical Center.

These awards were presented during the 4th Annual AR SAVES Telestroke Conference earlier this year. Arkansas ranked first among states in 2010 for stroke mortality at a rate of 53.1 deaths per 100,000 population. In 2011, there were a total of 10,030 hospitalizations due to stroke in Arkansas, and approximately 1,560 stroke deaths at a rate of 46.7 deaths per 100,000 population. These figures provide evidence that improved quality of stroke care has helped to reduce deaths due to stroke, according to the ADH.

The ASR is pleased to recognize the efforts of their member hospitals and the EMS in coordinated efforts to better stroke outcomes. The performance awards were given to those hospitals documenting the highest level of defect-free stroke care by stroke volume group. Woodward is recognized for her outstanding presentation on the St. Bernards' Code Brain Protocol which helps ensure rapid assessment of stroke patients. Evans is honored for her efforts in launching and managing the EMS pilot program which was developed as part of the Coverdell Arkansas Stroke Registry.

For more information on stroke prevention in Arkansas, click here

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