For fourth year in a row Sparks Health System recognized for commitment to quality stroke care

Sparks received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. 

Sparks earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.  Sparks also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

This is the ninth year the hospital has participated in the Get With The Guidelines program.

The hospital’s dedication to quality stroke care has made it one of only two hospitals in the state considered a Certified Training Center For Advanced Stroke Life Support through the Arkansas Department of Health’s Stroke Registry. Sparks provides emergency stroke telemedicine service to more than 15 regional hospitals. In December, Sparks hosted the state’s first Stroke Registry Quality Improvement Conference.  Healthcare providers and emergency medical staff from across the state came to Sparks to learn how to optimize the quality of pre-hospital and in-hospital stroke care.

Sparks Regional Medical Center is northwest Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma’s only Gold Seal accredited Primary Stroke Center offering neurovascular medical and surgical care for patients suffering strokes and/or aneurysms. Its Stroke Care has been rated #1 in the state of Arkansas for both medical excellence and patient safety by a leading healthcare ranking company. The hospital was also the Arkansas Department of Health’s first ever winner for “Defect-Free Stroke Care at Large Volume Hospitals” in 2013. Sparks is this region’s only accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. For more information about Sparks Health System, visit

About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines.  Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit or