• August 31, 2017

    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:

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  • August 17, 2017

    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.

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  • July 20, 2017

    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.

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  • July 14, 2017

    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.

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  • May 24, 2017

    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, 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.

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  • May 18, 2017

    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.

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  • 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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  • April 20, 2017

    A Scholarship for Sydney: Local Nurses Turn Tragedy to Triumph

    “Her smile could brighten a room,” reminisced Ashley Knotts, a Nurse Tech in the BSA Emergency Department. It was a fond memory many at BSA have about their friend and co-worker, Sydney Wallace.

    March 6 is a day many who work in the BSA Emergency Department won’t soon forget. On that particular day, 23-year-old Registered Nurse Sydney Wallace and her boyfriend, Cody Crockett tragically lost their lives trying to save cattle from a wildfire that swept through the Franklin Ranch, north of McLean.

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  • March 29, 2017

    Shooting Hoops for a Good Cause

    Dribble. Shoot. Score…Roll? It’s not something you normally see in basketball games, but for the One Chair at a Time organization, it’s how the game is played. 

    Every April, One Chair at a Time brings together 24 teams from the community to participate in a friendly competition of wheelchair basketball. Team BSA isn’t one to shy away from a fun game of basketball, especially when it’s to help kids and young adults across the High Plains.

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  • March 3, 2017

    A Heart for Nursing

    BSA cardiology nurse Kelly Hugg, RN, married her passion with her profession. Yet nursing was not her first career. For 10 years, Kelly had a rewarding career in insurance fraud investigation. She lived all over the country – from Florida to Colorado. At the age of 29, she moved back home to Amarillo to be with her father, who had faced years of failing health and was placed in hospice care at a VA hospital. Kelly and her family stayed at his bedside, anticipating a calm and peaceful passing.

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