BY MELANIE WADE –
Several nurses of the MRHS Emergency Department were recently recognized by AR SAVES for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to stroke care in Arkansas in 2017, with each receiving the Excellence Award. Outstanding nurses awarded were Ha Le, RN; Abby Wheeler, RN (both pictured) and Emily Turner, RN and Collin Krause, RN (not pictured).
“The nursing staff at MRHS Emergency Department are trained in life saving stroke care,” said Sonya Maye, MRHS Marketing/Public Relations Specialist. MRHS was one of the first hospitals in Arkansas to participate in the telemedicine based AR SAVES (Stroke Assistance Through Virtual Emergency Support) program in 2008.
“Arkansas has one of the highest stroke rates in the nation and AR SAVES provides our hospital and our community with the peace of mind to know that we have the ability to contact a stroke specialist anytime, day or night, 365 days a year. MRHS recently treated a patient in their 30s for an acute ischemic vertebrobasilar artery bilateral cerebellar stroke with great success, and it was the first ever in Arkansas. It is important to be aware of the symptoms and be fast,” Maye explained. If you are experiencing balance difficulties, eyesight changes, facial weakness, arm weakness, or speech difficulties, call 911.