Arkansas is striving, through the utilization of telemedicine, to improve stroke care throughout state through a program known as ARSaves, based at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Ozark Health Medical Center partnered with Arkansas SAVES (Stroke Assistance Thru Virtual Emergency Support) as one of the first sites to take part in this program.

This specialized program uses telemedicine as a tool so neurologists from Stroke Center Hubs around the state can be virtually present in the treatment room of smaller health care facilities in rural areas of the state, referred to as ‘Spoke Sites.’

Brooke Keith, RN of Ozark Health Medical Center, works countless hours to provide education to the community, schools, and businesses on stroke recognition and prevention and the ARSaves program. For her dedication to not only providing outreach education to the community but also to emergency and hospital staff, Keith was recently recognized by ARSAVES at their annual educational conference on April 24 as Facilitator of the Year.

For more information concerning stroke signs and symptoms as well as risk factors, visit under ‘Emergency Room.’