NARMC Announced as State Award Winners

UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation (IDHI) announced at the 2021 UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation (IDHI) Stroke Program Virtual Conference that North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) received awards in five categories for going above and beyond in the care of stroke patients.


NARMC was the recipient of the following awards:


Physician Champion - Dr. Bryan Shearer - This award recognizes the contributions made by the physician through the use of modern technology and best practices of stroke care in Arkansas. Dr. Shearer was the only physician in the state to receive the Physician Champion award. Dr. Shearer is involved in Performance Improvement (PI), Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and Emergency Room (ER) protocols for NARMC and is actively in attending stroke conferences. Dr. Shearer goes above and beyond to make sure the NARMC stroke processes are completed at a high quality level so that patients receive the best care NARMC is known for.


Honorable MentionNorth Arkansas Regional Medical Center - This award is presented to sites that have met all the basic requirements while exceeding in many areas, and have made improvements with many of their internal processes, training and outreach during the past year. Of the 57 Arkansas participating hospitals, NARMC was the only hospital in the state to receive this award in the program.


Community Outreach – North Arkansas Regional Medical Center - This award is presented to the Stroke Site with the most innovative, creative and consistent community outreach events. Total number of event attendees educated considered. This award recognizes the development and execution of events that significantly enhanced stroke awareness for the community. NARMC hosted 34 events totaling 12,984 attendees.



EMS Certificate of Excellence - North Arkansas Regional Medical Center EMS - This award is presented to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies that have attended stroke training offered by the UAMS IDHI Stroke Program, appointed liaisons to work with the nurse facilitator at the sites in regards to training, drills, patient care, community outreach and the Pl/QA process. NARMC was the only EMS Service in the state to receive the EMS Certificate of Excellence award. Jessica Jackson, Paramedic serves as the NARMC appointed liaison with NARMC’s team participating in annual trainings, drills, and community outreach events.


Stroke Hero - Robby Scucchi - The following was mentioned about Robby in his nomination letter. "Robby is the Director of Branding, Volunteers, & Guest Experiences for North Arkansas Regional. He rallies around our community outreach events by coordinating volunteers, attends and participates in them, helps advertise them in our service area, and he is often the source of our ideas for community events. What he does in the background helps us teach our community to BE FAST". Robby is one of three recipients of this award.


“Receiving these awards is a great honor for NARMC and for our entire healthcare system,” said Vince Leist, President & CEO at NARMC. “Recognizing the exceptional commitment to caring is reflected in the work being done here and our success is due largely to the unwavering commitment of our team and affiliated medical staff. NARMC’s dedicated team of physicians, nurses, and clinicians work to provide our patients with the best quality care in an atmosphere of compassion and trust.”


“The NARMC team works well together to provide the best stroke care for our community,” said Lauren Loggins, BSN RN ER/Trauma Nurse Manager at NARMC. “Our team dedicates a significant amount of time on education and drills so that when someone comes in suffering from a stroke we are ready to help. Treating a stroke is a time sensitive matter and we want to be ready whenever that care is needed.”


“We appreciate the continued support of this program and look forward to hearing the success stories of stroke survivors who are fortunate enough to be treated at NARMC,” said Lori Berry, MNSc, RN, CNOR Director of Operations for the UAMS IDHI Stroke Program.


The UAMS IDHI Stroke Program is a telemedicine program that links emergency room doctors from 56 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 states. Thanks to North Arkansas Regional Medical Center and their partnership with the IDHI Stroke Program, Arkansans are now getting the life-saving treatment they need close to home.




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