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FRONT & CENTERBill Sollederof Hot Springssee Page 3TOUTDOORSSome amazing factsabout Arkansas birdssee Page 5TTri-Lakes EditionSUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011Covering: Clark • Garland • Grant • Hot Spring • Saline counties A Supplement of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Section Tthat’slifeBy Tammy KeithHOT SPRINGSJournalism’sfuture ingreat handsIf you’re worried about the futureof journalism (and I’m sureyou’ve been up nights thinkingabout it), don’t be.I just came back from a conferencewith some of the most amazing,talented, get-it-done women incommunications I’ve ever met.My mother and I attended theNational Federation of Press WomenCommunications Conference inCouncil Bluffs, Iowa, just acrossthe Missouri River from Omaha,Neb.There were women from severalstates represented at the conference,and I made new friends fromall over the United States — placesI’ve never been. I learned abouttheir lives and their jobs, and webonded quickly.It was amazing the range of expertisethese women had. The presenterread off a biography of eachwoman who was nominated as theCommunicator of Achievement.One woman, who among otherthings founded a magazine, hadbeen told by a doctor that hercancer was going to get her beforeshe was 50, so she should dowhatever she wanted. When shesaw a Porsche, she decided thatwas it. She and her husband paidfor it with a credit card, and shestarted racing. (While we were atthe conference, the woman tookanother attendee on a ride in thePorsche and got it up to 105 mph,she told me.)The woman is past 50 now, buther cancer is back. It doesn’t seemto slow her down or dampen herspirit.What an inspiration.A longtime newspaper woman,now in a wheelchair, still had acommanding presence. She startedher career when women didn’tcover much hard news. She told thestory of driving up to a fire, herchildren in tow. An official toldher, “Women and children aren’tallowed.”“I said, ‘Kids, get out of the car,’”and she told the official, “Get thehell out of my way — I’m a reporter.”I heard stories of women goingback to school in later life and becomingCEOs, buying and runningnewspapers while also being mothersand wives.It reminded me of this saying:“Remember, Ginger Rogers did everythingFred Astaire did, but shedid it backward and in heels.”(OK, so some of these femalejournalists did it in ugly, sensibleshoes, and we need to work onthat.)The woman who won the title isCURT YOUNGBLOOD/RIVER VALLEY & OZARK EDITIONLana Lambert, stroke coordinator for St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs, talks about the Mercy Telestroke Program that allows neurosurgeonsto diagnose a stroke with the use of a video feed. The system, implemented Sept. 1, gives the hospital the ability to treat stroke victimsmore quickly and diminish the lasting effects of a stroke.Fighting strokes with technologyMedical specialists available 24/7 with TelestrokeBY WAYNE BRYANStaff WriterIn a time when computers, streamingvideo and the Internet allow peopleto talk face to face although they areon different continents, the idea of adoctor’s exam by television does not soundspectacular. However, when a stroke occursand delays in treatment can meanbrain damage, a video exam can be miraculous.Telestroke is a new time-saving servicedesigned to get stroke patients specialized, expertcare at St. Joseph’s Mercy Medical CenterArt tour part of center’sOctober grand openingBY WAYNE BRYANStaff WriterARKADELPHIA — Two events during the secondweek in October will draw attention to the arts communityof Clark County.The re-established Clark County Arts and HumanitiesCouncil has invited the public to the grandopening of the Arkadelphia Arts Center on Oct. 11,followed by a tour of artists’ studios, beginning Oct.14.The nonprofit organization was first formed in1993 but ceased operations in 2003. Six years later,members of several arts-related groups started talkingabout rekindling the council.“Our tagline is, ‘Bring art to the community andcommunity to the arts,’” said Farrell Ford, an artscouncil board member.The renewed arts council has found a home forin Hot Springs faster than ever before.Dr. Doug Ross, medical director of theSt. Joseph’s Mercy Emergency Department,recently said the hospital has two neurologistson staff, so there are times when abrain-injury specialist is not on duty.“But with Telestroke, patients will have24/7 access to a board-certified neurologistat their bedside in around 10 minutes afterthey arrive at our emergency department,”he said.The program is possible through apartnership with NeuroCall, a provider ofemergency neurological care based in Miami.Ross said the company’s physicians arecertified in Arkansas and have credentialswith St. Joseph’s Mercy.When a patient is brought to the emergencydepartment with stroke symptoms, aphysician can, within minutes, call a NeuroCallphysician to see if a video consultationis needed.Lana Lambert, a registered nurse andstroke coordinator at St. Joseph Mercy, saidthe hospital can be alerted by the ambulancecrew that a possible stroke patientis being transported to the hospital. Shesaid she will then notify NeuroCall to haveSEE TELESTROKE, PAGE 8TPreservationefforts for oldschool continueBY WAYNE BRYANStaff WriterARKADELPHIA — Work isunder way inside the old PeakeSchool building as part of a yearlongeffort to restore the buildingto its original appearance when itwas Arkadelphia’s only school forAfrican-Americans.“We have completed the workon the outside of the buildingexcept for some landscaping andhandicap-access features,” said PatWright of the Arkadelphia PublicSchool System, who rememberstaking a class in the old schoolFILE PHOTOLouise Buckelew, left, and Ferrell Ford, CaddoRiver Art Guild members, discuss one ofBuckelew’s paintings in her home studio inSEE THAT’S LIFE, PAGE 4T SEE ART, PAGE 2TArkadelphia during the 2010 Round About ArtistStudio Tour.SEE SCHOOL, PAGE 8TTHEORIGINAL.comSaline County's #1 Dealer for 30 Years

8T • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 • TRI-LAKES EDITION A SUPPLEMENT OF THE ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTESCHOOLContinued from Page 1Tas an elementary student.“The contract for Phase IIof the restoration was donein July, and work began inAugust inside.”Wright, the director ofspecial programs for theschool district, said thework is now concentratingon the common areas ofthe old school. That workshould be finished in November;then work will beginto restore the originalclassrooms, she said.The Peake School hasa history that goes back to1928, when it was built usinga grant from the trustof Julius Rosenwald, thechairman of Sears, Roebuckand Co., that providedmoney and plans tobuild schools in African-American communities inrural areas. The school wasknown as the Peake RosenwaldSchool and providedclasses for the first througheighth grades.The building was placedon the National Register ofHistoric Places in 2005 asan example of one of the5,000 schools built in theU.S. by the Rosenwald trustfrom 1917 until 1932 forthe education of African-Americans, according tomaterials from the ArkansasHistoric PreservationProgram in Little Rock.Now, few of the schoolsremain.When a new high schoolwas built in 1960, the nameof the Peake School waschanged to Peake ElementarySchool for grades onethrough six.When Arkadelphiaschools were totally integratedin 1970, it becamePeake Middle School. By1984, the original PeakeSchool building was usedby the Head Start program,but the building had beenvacant since December2001.“Since then, there hasbeen nothing going on inthere until the present,”Wright said.Work started this yearwith repairs to the roofof the building. A secondPOA budgetreviewscheduledHOT SPRINGS VILLAGE— The Hot Springs VillageProperty Owners AssociationBoard of Directors isconducting a three-sessionreview of the proposed 2012fiscal year budget with POAmanagement staff.The remaining review sessionwill be held at the Poncede Leon Center from 4-6 p.m.Monday.The session is open to thepublic. POA members areencouraged to attend thesession.SUBMIT YOUR NEWSThe Tri-Lakes Edition isinterested in news fromthroughout the coveragearea. Send information water-proofed thebasement, Wright said.The work is being doneunder the direction ofTwin Rivers Architects inArkadelphia. Wright saidthe funding for the firstphase of restoration wasfrom the Arkansas PreservationProgram, and theinside phase is being fundedby $400,000 in federalstimulus funds given to theprogram by the school district.Wright said plans for thebuilding are for it to returnto its role of education.“We hope it will becomepart of our early childhoodprogram, and the classroomswill be for 3-yearolds,”she said. “There isa waiting list for that program,and the list is longestfor age 3.”Additional plans callfor a small museum in thebuilding and an office forthe Peake School AlumniAssociation.Former students of thePeake schools held a reunionearly in August inArkadelphia. Wright, whois president of the alumniassociation for the schools,said the group is now lookingfor donations of memorabilia,such as schooljackets and photographsof classes and teachers.“The alumni want to seethis done and finished,”Wright said. “This is importantfor the legacy of thecommunity. [The Peakebuilding] is on the campusof [what is now PeakeElementary School], andwe want those students andall students to understandabout the school.”She said once the buildingis restored and themuseum is ready, alumniwill look for ways to linkArkadelphia students withthe old schools throughtheir grandparents or otherrelatives.Staff writer Wayne Bryan canbe reached at (501) 244-4460or, Sept. 227:30am 7:30pmlayaway availableSterling Silver Jewelryand ST. Dupont Pens60% OFFAll Fine Jewelry30%-50% OFFClocks, Jewelry Boxes,Watches30% OFFVera Bradley, Chamilia,Pandora, Stackablesand Stax xall SALE PricedAll Giftware20%-60% OFFNothing Held BackEVERYTHING Sale PricedCURT YOUNGBLOOD/TRI-LAKES EDITIONNurse Lana Lambert, stroke coordinator for St. Joseph’s Mercy Medical Center’s emergency department, talks with a nurse in St.Louis in a simulation of the hospital’s new Telestroke service. Within minutes after arriving at the hospital, a stroke patient is connectedby a two-way television and computer link with a neurological specialist. With new drugs, the effects of a stroke can be stopped oreven reversed if the appropriate drug is administered in time.TELESTROKEContinued from Page 1Ta neurologist ready.After the patient arrives,a blood test will determineif a stroke has occurred andthe type of stroke. A CT scanand X-ray, of the head canshow a thrombolytic strokecaused by a blood clot blockingblood flow in an artery ofthe brain.A video cart is wheeledinto the patient’s room, andwhen activated, the neurologistcan talk directly to thepatient, ask family membersquestions, and speak withdoctors and nurses in theroom, Ross said.The high-resolution camerasystem is powerful enoughthat the physician can checkfor stroke symptoms such aspupil dilation by zooming inon the patient’s face, Lambertsaid.“The neurologists havethe ability to immediatelyview the patient’s laboratoryresults, X-rays and past medicalhistory, just as if they werestanding at the bedside,” Rosssaid. “Studies show that patientoutcomes are better withtele-consultations than withtraditional means because decision-makingis faster.”With the examination, theneurologist on the screenand the emergency doctorsin the room can determinewhether a tissue plasminogenactivator, or t-PA, shouldbe administered. The drugcan lessen or even reversethe damage caused during astroke, but it must be donewithin the first three hours ofthe onset of systems, accordingto information presentedby St. Joseph’s Mercy.Dr. Salah Keyrouz, directorof Arkansas Stoke AssistanceThrough Virtual EmergencySupport at the Universityof Arkansas for MedicalSciences, said the odds ofrecovering from a strokedouble when the t-PA drugis given within the allottedtime.There is another tele-neurologicalprogram in Arkansasand the Tri-Lakes region.A similar service was announcedat Saline MemorialHospital in Benton in November2010. That systemlinks emergency doctors atSaline Memorial with strokespecialists at the UAMS MedicalCenter in Little Rock andthe Sparks Health System inFort Smith as part of the ArkansasSAVES program.Arkansas leads the nationin stroke mortality with58.8 deaths per 100,000 Arkansans,according to thenational Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention inAtlanta.“Nearly 1,900 Arkansansdie from stroke each year,”Ross said. “This new systembeing used at Mercy is a reallygood step in helping us fightthis terrible statistic.”Dr. Ricardo Garcia-Rivera,CEO and medical directorof NeuroCall, said the programwith Mercy hospitalis “fundamentally changingthe dynamics of health caredelivery.”In a statement issuedduring the announcementof the Telestroke program,Garcia-Rivera said “that withadvanced communicationand medical technology, ourspecialists can reach more patientsand save more lives inways that were not possible afew short years ago.”“We here at St. Joseph’sMercy feel this is going tobe an excellent service forus in Hot Springs,” said TomJohnsen, president and CEOof St. Joseph’s Mercy HealthSystems in Hot Springs.Staff writer Wayne Bryancan be reached at (501) 244-4460or ENDORS:Baptist Health Imaging Center • Simply Skin • Saline County Library • The Pampered ChefEdward Jones - Tim Symons & Andy Garcia • Scentsy - Helen Hall • Scott Family DentistryArkansas Democrat-Gazette • Benton Cleaning Systems • Mary Kay Cosmetics • Direct BuyArbonne • Peaceful Haven Funeral HomeThis Cake's For You • Eat My Catfish • Dixie Café • Java Primo2011 Grant CountyTimberfest PageantOctober 1, 2011Boys and girls - infants through Mrs.divisions. 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