BSA Setting the Gold Standard for Stroke Care for Third Consecutive Year

October 15, 2021

For the third consecutive year, BSA Health System (BSA) received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for 2021. To achieve this national recognition for stroke care, BSA met specific quality measures over a 24-month period.

“We are proud to be recognized as a leader in stroke prevention and stroke care for the third year in a row,” said Matt Parker, BSA Vice President of Cardiovascular Services. “This achievement shows our stroke team’s commitment to our patients receiving comprehensive care from the first sign of a stroke to the time they are discharged.”

As a leader in stroke care, BSA is also a Certified Primary Stroke Center and Amarillo’s only facility to offer the TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) procedure, which stops strokes before they happen for patients with carotid artery disease.

“As a hospital with a dedicated Emergency Medical Services team, we are ready to provide life-saving, rapid interventions,” Parker stated. “Every second during a stroke matters, which is why it is crucial to call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone around you is experiencing stroke symptoms.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), patients who arrive at an emergency room within three hours of initial stroke symptoms often have better outcomes than those who received delayed care.