Tim Vandiver (right), AR SAVES outreach nurse / paramedic, presents an honorable mention award for Lawrence Memorial Hospital to Lawrence Healthcare President Josh Conlee (center) and ED Director / Stroke Program Nurse Facilitator Sandra Caldwell.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital was awarded the honorable mention award during the 2020 UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation (IDHI) Stroke Program Conference (formally known as the AR SAVES Conference) for going “above and beyond” in the care of stroke patients.

The award was presented to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for having met all the minimum requirements of an IDHI Stroke Program site, and also making great improvements with their internal processes, door to needle times, outreach and training over the last year.

The UAMS IDHI Stroke Program is a telemedicine program that links emergency room doctors from 54 sites across Arkansas to a stroke neurologist via a live, two-way video, so that even patients in rural areas can receive care for stroke 24-hours a day. The program provides stroke patients the necessary time-sensitive care by a vascular neurologist required for good outcomes.

Statistics show that Arkansans are at a higher risk of death from stroke than residents of most other states. Thanks to Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s partnership with the IDHI Stroke Program, as well as other hospitals throughout the states, Arkansans are now getting the life-saving treatment they need close to home.

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