Piggott Community Hospital Receives Award

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Tonny Dement, APN, director of nursing/clinical services, and Elaine Nixon, RN, education/quality coordinator/diabetes education/ARSaves facilitator of Piggott Community Hospital celebrate being named one of the top three hospitals in Arkansas for performance in care of stroke victims.

The Arkansas Department of Health recently announced that three hospitals in the state have been recognized for stroke care performance and other outstanding contributions in support the goals of the Coverdell Arkansas Stroke Registry. Piggott Community Hospital was among the facilities recognized, along with White River Medical Center in Batesville and Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith.

The awards were presented during the Fourth Annual ARSaves Telestroke Conference held earlier this year.

Arkansas ranked first among all states in 2010 for stroke mortality at a rate of 53.1 deaths per 100,000. In 2011, there were a total of 10,030 hospitalizations due to stroke in Arkansas, and approximately 1,560 stroke deaths at a rate of 46.7 deaths per 100,000. These figures provide evidence that improved quality of stroke care has helped to reduce deaths due to stroke, according to the ADH.

The ASR recognized the efforts of their member hospitals, and the EMS, in coordinated efforts to obtain better outcome on stroke cases. Performance awards were given to hospitals that documented the highest level of defect-free stroke care by stroke volume group.

"This level of recognition does not come easily," said James Magee, executive director at PCH. "It represents the willingness of employees to continually learn and improve. That is never ending."

"Our emergency services are among the best," he added. "Tammy Hendrix, RN, director, has done an exemplary job. Without her leadership and her team of expert clinicians and their support, we would not be successful in responding to the immediate needs of stroke patients."

Magee also pointed to the work of the physicians who keep watch over the emergency department, and are vigilant in early diagnosis and triage of patients with life-threatening conditions. "All our hats are off to them," he added.

"Elaine Nixon, PCH facilitator for the ARSaves program, has also done an outstanding job of keeping the signs and symptoms of stroke in the minds of the public--she is also a life-saver," he added.

ARSaves is a stroke prevention and early treatment initiative based on a partnership between facilities such as Piggott Community Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Those wanting more information on stroke prevention in Arkansas may visit www.healthy.arkansas.gov

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