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A Heart for Helping Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Two years ago, Michelle Hutton, Reimbursement Coordinator in the BSA Pharmacy and Lori Lineman, a Certified Pharmacy Technician began training for the Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF). The EMTF is an organization of state medical teams who are rapidly mobilized in times of disaster.

Following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in South Texas, Michelle reached out to ask if BSA was needed for relief efforts.

“I didn’t think we would be needed since it was so far away from Amarillo, but I wanted to offer help,” Michelle said. “The next day, they asked Lori and I to head south.”

Amarillo Mother Fights Breast Cancer After Early Detection

When Donna Morton heard from BSA Harrington Cancer Center Nurse Navigator Bobbie that she had been diagnosed with ductal carcinoma (DCIS) last July, Donna was in disbelief. “You don’t believe it at first,” she shares. “Then it starts to sink in. I had never had any pain or found a lump, so I had no clue it was there, which is why it came as such a shock.” Donna had made it a point to go to BSA Harrington Breast Center for her annual mammogram every year since she turned 40.

BSA Nurses Recognized as Panhandle Great 25 Nurses

“It is humbling and rewarding to lead a division of nurses here at BSA recognized among hundreds of nurses in this way,” shares BSA Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Belinda Gibson, RN, BSN, MAM. She is one of eight BSA nurses recognized in the second annual Panhandle Great 25 Nurses by the Texas Nurse Association for excellence in nursing.

Labor Day Food Safety

Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to be outdoors. While you’re enjoying a family cookout and relaxing in the sun, remember to be safe when grilling and preparing food. One in six Americans will become sick each year due to contaminated food.

Follow these tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this Labor Day:

Man’s Best Mend: Furry Friends Provide Therapy for BSA Patients

BSA’s Rehabilitation department is full of talented, experienced physical and occupational therapists. But Wednesday seems to be a special day in the unit. It’s when they bring in the big dogs…literally. 

Meet Cactus Jack and Bubbles La Belle, or Jack and Bell as many know them. They may walk on four paws and slobber for a treat occasionally, but they are sure to brighten your day.

BSA Offers Turndown Service To Patients

The BSA Environmental Services department launched their Turndown Service last year for patients and has received great feedback ever since. The Turndown Service takes place for each patient between 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. and includes restocking of any supplies, sprucing up the room, shutting the blinds, checking water levels, making sure the patient is comfortable and more.

Staying Safe in the Heat

BSA Health System cares about your health and safety. BSA EMS is participating in an effort to reduce heat related emergencies in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Did you know the temperature difference between the canyon floor and rim can be as much as 30 degrees? Due to the remoteness of the park, it is especially important for you to know the symptoms of heat-related emergencies and how to prevent them.

Protect the Skin You’re in: Steps to Preventing Skin Cancer

The temperatures are rising and families are spending more time outdoors. Before you take that summer beach vacation or picnic in the park, don’t forget to pack the sunscreen. Protecting your skin may be more important than you think.

According to SkinCancer.org, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer (also known as melanoma) in their lifetime. But there are some ways you can reduce your risk.

Feeling Tired? Get more ZZZ’s with these Simple Tips

Don’t feel like you’re catching enough ZZZ’s lately? You may be chronically sleep deprived. In honor of May being Better Sleep Month, Katrina Marlow, RRT, RPSTG, RST from the BSA Sleep Disorders Center explains what we can do to get more restful sleep.

What are some good sleeping habits for adults?

1.    Limit daytime naps to 30 minutes: Napping does not make up for inadequate sleep but it can help improve mood, alertness and performance.

2.    Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine close to bedtime.

New BSA Pharmacy System Gets Medications to Patients Faster

The BSA Pharmacy Department has welcomed the new spring season with a bit of a makeover. They proudly launched a new inventory management system that improved efficiency by more than 100%. 

The Pyxis Pharmogistics™ pharmacy carousel is an advanced medication storage and retrieval system that, through automation, reduces labor and space requirements when compared to static shelving. This system provides BSA with a perpetual inventory, gives pharmacy technicians a specified workflow, increases pharmacy efficiency and in turn, gets medications to patients faster. 

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