POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Several Region 8 hospitals received recognition Thursday for the "excellent" way they treat stroke patients.
Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas and Baptist Health Medical Center in Heber Springs were among nine medical facilities to be designated Arkansas Stroke Ready Hospitals (ArSRH).
Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe joined the Arkansas Department of Health in recognizing the facilities along with eight emergency medical services (EMS) agencies for their participation in a stroke care pilot program.
According to a news release from the health department, "hospitals recognized with the ArSRH designation partner with both EMS and the Arkansas Trauma Communications Center (ATCC) to improve outcomes by helping ensure stroke patients are rapidly transported to the most appropriate hospital."
Hospitals recognized with the ArSRH designation include:
- Baptist Health Medical Center – Arkadelphia
- Baptist Health Medical Center – Heber Springs
- Baptist Health Medical Center – Hot Spring County
- Baptist Health Medical Center – Stuttgart
- Five Rivers Medical Center
- Mercy Hospital Booneville
- Mercy Hospital Ozark
- Mercy Hospital Paris
- Mercy Hospital Waldron
EMS agencies recognized for participation in the EMS stroke care collaborative program include:
- Baptist EMS
- Franklin County EMS
- LifeNet EMS
- Logan County EMS
- NorthStar EMS
- ProMed Ambulance
- Southern Paramedic
- SouthWest EMS
EMS providers screen patients with standardized protocols and access a real-time dashboard for routing stroke patients to the most suitable hospital based on capacity and distance.
After the stroke care pilot program is evaluated at the end of January 2017, the ADH hopes to expand the ArSRH designation to hospitals statewide.
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