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  • December 6, 2018

    63-Year-Old Amarillo Man Survives Four Heart Attacks Over 17 Years

    Sixty-three-year-old Mark Hazel has had four heart attacks in 17 years, the latest one due to a 100 percent blockage of a coronary artery. To help prevent future heart attacks, Hazel had 13 stent placements; 12 of which were done at BSA Health System. Stent placements are small tubes inserted into the coronary artery to help keep the artery open, promoting blood flow to the heart.

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  • November 26, 2018

    ‘We Don’t Suit Up to Lose’: A Panhandle Man’s Story of Survival

    Rob Lackey, 60, had plans to meet his wife and their youngest daughter for lunch on Aug. 12, 2017 in Amarillo when he suddenly felt tired and not himself.

    Contemplating whether or not he should head back to their home in Panhandle, Lackey decided to go to the emergency room at BSA Hospital. “I can still show you where I parked my pickup in the parking lot,” Lackey says. “I walked in the entrance which was a little bit of a slope. By the time I got in there, I was a little bit out of breath.”

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  • November 2, 2018

    Texas Nurses Association Honors Eight BSA Nurses

    BSA Health System is proud to announce eight BSA nurses have been recognized in the third annual Panhandle Great 25 Nurses list by the Texas Nurse Association for excellence in nursing. Nurses were chosen by their peers in the community.

    “Their commitment to the health and healing of others is an invaluable service for BSA and our community,” said BSA Chief Nursing Officer Belinda Gibson, RN, BSN, MAM. “I am proud to work alongside these extraordinary role models.”

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  • October 17, 2018

    Cancer Survivor Reminds Women the Importance of a Mammogram

    Myrna Steeves has always been an advocate for women to get their yearly mammogram.

    “I’ve religiously gone for mammograms since I was about forty and I’ve had several biopsies in the past,” explained Steeves.

    At age 71, Steeves didn’t think twice when she was asked to return for a diagnostic mammogram at BSA Harrington Cancer Center after a routine mammogram six months earlier.

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  • October 8, 2018

    The Ramos Family Can’t Stress Mammograms Enough

    Six months after a routine mammogram, Louisa Ramos, 65, returned to BSA Harrington Cancer Center.

    “The doctors saw some spots in my right breast but were not sure if it was cancer, so they told me to come back in six months,” said Louisa.

    At her six-month appointment in March 2017, Louisa was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer and needed surgery and radiation.

    “It was a scary feeling when I found out that I had cancer because I didn’t know what to expect,” said Louisa. This would be Louisa’s first time to have surgery, other than the birth of her two children.

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  • October 8, 2018

    BSA Advanced Wound Care Specializes in Treating Chronic, Non-healing Wounds

    A wound or sore that won’t heal can affect a person’s everyday life and if left untreated, can become life-threatening because of the risk of serious infection.

    For 37 years Jolynne Mitchell has had a wound on her leg. One year ago, Jolynne became a patient at BSA Advanced Wound Care after her wound reopened for the fourth time.

    BSA Advanced Wound Care offers a wide variety of services to patients including treatment for bites, burns, cancer, diabetes, immune disorders, non-healing surgical sites, pressure ulcers, trauma and vascular disorders.

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  • September 14, 2018

    Woman with Chronic Health Issues Finds Relief after BSA Bariatric Surgery

    When Taylor Fisher, 23, experienced life-threatening health issues, bariatric surgery was her only option.

    “I was about to go blind due to intracranial hypertension and I needed immediate weight loss,” said Fisher. Intracranial hypertension, also known as benign intracranial hypertension and pseudotumor cerebri, occurs when the cerebrospinal fluid pressure within the skull is too high. This condition can result in vision loss, severe headaches and other conditions.

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  • September 10, 2018

    Health Screenings at BSA Care Fair

    The BSA Care Fair will take place on Saturday, September 29 from 7-10 a.m. in the BSA Auditorium. The fair will include a free blood pressure measurement and blood draw to test triglycerides, cholesterol and glucose. For accurate results, all participants are encouraged to fast for at least eight hours prior to having their blood drawn.

    Below, you can find information on services offered at the Care Fair:

    Blood pressure

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  • July 12, 2018

    Wedding Bells at BSA

     
    Twelve years ago, Kerry and Rebecca Lucero met in the BSA Emergency Department.
     
    Four years later, the two were married at the BSA Chapel by BSA Spiritual Care Chaplain, Chris Caldwell.
     
    When it was time to plan the wedding, there was no question about where the two would marry, shared Rebecca. “We decided to get married at the BSA Chapel because our family is here. I’ve been here almost twenty years, so everyone here is like family to me.”
     
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  • June 29, 2018

    BSA Celebrates Mother Heading into C-Section

    After spending eight weeks in the BSA Labor and Delivery Department, Tracy May was more than ready to give birth to her twin girls.

    The mother of two (now four) had spent eight weeks in the BSA Labor and Delivery Department, due to her monoamniotic pregnancy. Monoamniotic twins are identical twins that share an amniotic sac and placenta but have separate umbilical cords. Monoamniotic twins are rare and occur in approximately 1 in 35,000 to 1 in 60,000 pregnancies. There are many risks associated with this type of pregnancy, requiring constant fetal monitoring.

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