Cynthia West started her career as a tech in the Emergency Department in 2004 and stayed on as an ER nurse at the same hospital after graduating with her Associate degree in 2011. She has worked in many different types of ER’s from trauma centers to critical access hospitals, and everything in between. Although she has worked in and enjoyed other areas of nursing, her passion is neuro, and this passion has guided her towards a focus on stroke care. In 2018, she accepted the position of Stroke Program Director and was instrumental in assisting the hospital she was working for to obtain Stroke Ready Designation as well as Primary Stroke Designation from Joint Commission for two of the system’s hospitals, all within a year. During that time, she was also a nurse facilitator with the UAMS IDHI stroke program, and one day hoped she might have the opportunity to work as an outreach nurse. That dream became a reality when she joined the team in February of 2022. Cynthia has multiple stroke sites throughout the state and enjoys working with the Emergency Department staff as well as our state EMS partners to strive for excellence in stroke care. Another highlight of her role is teaching in the community to promote awareness and educate on stroke prevention. In May of 2022, Cynthia obtained National Stroke Certification, and later that same year, graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.