Arkansas Department of Health Recognizes Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs for Stroke Patient Care

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. – For the second year in a row, Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs was presented the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Defect-Free Care Award in recognition of the hospital’s commitment to excellent stroke patient care.

“This is a tribute to the teamwork of our exceptional medical staff and hospital staff who are unsurpassed in providing the best health care,” said Ed Lacy, vice president and administrator, BHMC-Heber Springs.

The award is based on performance with the “Get with the Guidelines” (GWTG) Defect-Free Care Measure as documented in the Arkansas Stroke Registry for July 2016 through June 2017 program year. GWTG is the American Heart Association’s collaborative performance improvement program demonstrated to improve adherence to evidence-based care of patients hospitalized with stroke. Criteria includes achieving 85 percent or higher adherence to the GWTG Defect-Free measures (based on the seven consensus measures) during this time frame.

“With the incidence of stroke on the rise across America and Arkansas ranking the highest nationally, this recognition is particularly gratifying and reassuring,” said Lacy.  “To be recognized in this elite group as one of only 15 hospitals statewide, is another, in the long list of quality/performance measures placing Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs at the very top (as one) of the best hospitals in the state.”

Baptist Health is an Arkansas-based, locally owned and managed, not-for-profit, and faith-based healthcare organization. Baptist Health is also Arkansas’ most comprehensive healthcare organization with more than 9,100 employees operating nine hospitals. For more information about Baptist Health, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or visit Find us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.