Fourth UAMS Telestroke Conference Slated for May 14-15

By Ben Boulden

Led by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), the AR SAVES (Arkansas Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support) program uses a high-speed video communications system to help provide immediate, life-saving treatments to stroke patients 24 hours a day.

General admission to the conference is $175. The cost for emergency medical services professionals is $75, and the conference is free for members of the AR SAVES network.

“It Takes a Team to Tackle Stroke” is the conference theme. To register, go to Participation is limited to the first 200 people who register. For more information, go to

Featured speakers include Kevin Ryan, associate director for law and legal policy at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement; Margaret Tremwel, M.D., a neurologist at Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith; and Richard Zraick, Ph.D., a professor in the UAMS College of Health Professions Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology.

Break-out sessions will be held on emergency medical sciences, the National Institutes of Health stroke scale, and community education.

“We’re excited about creating this opportunity for medical professionals across the state to share their knowledge about stroke care and telehealth with each other,” said Michael Manley, AR SAVES director. “AR SAVES and UAMS want to encourage health care administrators, nurses, physicians, EMS personnel and others with an interest in the field to attend.”

Several technology vendors and other businesses and organizations will have booths and exhibitions at the conference. Continuing education credits will be offered.

The AR SAVES program is a partnership between the UAMS Center for Distance Health, the state Department of Human Services, Sparks Regional Health System in Fort Smith, Conway Regional Health System and 41 other Arkansas hospitals.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 790 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit or