Arkansas Saves Stroke Champions Announced


The Arkansas Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support (AR SAVES) program recently recognized Joey Brannon, RN and Karla Holt, RN as “stroke champions” for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to stroke care in Arkansas.


It was noted during the presentation that Joey and Karla have done an excellent job recognizing patients who fit criteria for telemedicine consultation, using the technology efficiently and demonstrating competence in their performance with the NIH stroke scale. They also do an excellent job facilitating communication between the neurologist, patient, family and clinical staff.


All these time sensitive actions are vital in “saving brain” which ultimately reduces the damage associated with disability and death for patients presenting with symptoms of a stroke.


Saline Health System has been involved with the Arkansas SAVES program since 2009. This clinical program links emergency room doctors at participating hospitals to specially trained vascular neurologists via live, two-way video, available 24-hours a day. Led by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Center for Distance Health, the program helps ensure timely treatment of stroke patients. Hospitals that are selected to participate in the AR SAVES Program are equipped with telemedicine technology, training for personnel, support for dedicated telestroke coordinator and ongoing education. 

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