Conference Focuses on Both Pre-Hospital and In-Hospital Stroke Care

Healthcare providers and emergency medical staff from across the state will attend the first Arkansas Stroke Registry’s Quality Improvement Conference Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Sparks Regional Medical Center on Towson Avenue in Fort Smith.

The conference will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Shuffield Education Center inside Sparks.  The purpose of the conference is to gain knowledge on optimizing the quality of pre-hospital and in-hospital stroke care.

Dr. Margaret Tremwel, MD, PhD, of Sparks’ Vascular Neurology and Memory Disorders Clinic, will discuss the importance of the partnership between EMS and physicians when responding to and treating stroke patients.  

The conference is open to all EMS workers in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley, as well as Arkansas Stroke Registry hospitals such as Sparks, and it provides continuing education credits for participants. To register, email David Vrudny, Arkansas Stroke Registry Program Manager, at

The Arkansas Stroke Registry collects data concerning emergency transport, clinical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of adult patients presenting to hospitals with an admitting diagnosis of stroke.

Sparks is northwest Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma’s only Gold Seal accredited Primary Stroke Center offering complete neurovascular medical and surgical care for patients suffering strokes and/or aneurysms.

Sparks also offers a telemedicine stroke program which allows Sparks doctors to offer advice and direction to hospitals within more than a 50-mile radius.