Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center garnered the AR SAVES Honorable Mention Award at the 10thanniversary AR SAVES Conference in Hot Springs, AR, recently. The award category was “most improved” in the care of stroke patients. (AR SAVEstands for Arkansas Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support.)

Saint Mary’s is one of six hospitals selected as 2018 Honorable Mention Award winners. Hospitals were chosen based on meeting basic requirements of an AR SAVES site, and by making improvements in internal processes, training, and community outreach efforts in the past year.

Jim Davidson, Saint Mary’s chief executive officer, praised the Emergency Department tem’s dedication to the AR SAVES program and their commitment to saving lives and reducing the deficits often caused by stroke.  “

“Unfortunately, statistics show that Arkansans are at a higher risk of death from stroke than residents of most other states,” he stated.  “Because of our partnership with AR SAVES, our emergency department is equipped with telemedicine technology, hospital personnel receive ongoing training, and continuing education — plus we receive support for a dedicated tele-stroke coordinator to provide ongoing stroke education to our community. All this helps to set the stage for the best possible outcomes for stroke victims throughout our region,” he said.

AR SAVES is a telemedicine program that links emergency room doctors from 54 sites across Arkansas to a vascular neurologist via live, two-way video. Through it, patients in more rural areas, or hospitals with no stroke neurologist available, can receive stroke care 24 hours a day. Led by the University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS), the AR SAVES program works to ensure that patients can receive the time-sensitive care required for good outcomes.


Accepting the award on behalf of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center are Tim Tanner, RN (Saint Mary’s AR SAVES facilitator); MarLana Ivy, RN; Susan Jones, RN; Lindsey Sharp, APN; and Jonathan Halbert, RN.