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  • April 21, 2021

    BSA Says Thank You to Volunteers

    Volunteers are a vital part of what goes on at BSA. Their passion and selflessness are inspiring, and the support they provide truly cannot be understated. Ahead of BSA Volunteer Week, we spoke with BSA Volunteer Coordinator, Nicole Bounsing, to get her thoughts on our wonderful network of volunteers.

     

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  • April 14, 2021

    BSA Social Worker Finds Passion in Advocating for Those with Autism

    On August 17, 2007, Alanna Hepler, LMSW was told her son, Ethan, was diagnosed with severe autistic and nonverbal learning disorders.

    “My husband and I were devastated and felt so alone with the uncertainty of our son’s future,” Alanna shared. “After his diagnosis, Ethan’s doctor told us we could choose a life of disappointment or we could choose to find the joy.”

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  • March 23, 2021

    Mother of Two Trusts BSA’s Pediatric Unit for Her Diabetic Daughters

    When Christy Garces’ 10-year-old daughter Sophie experienced pain in her left foot followed by a fever, Christy’s first thought was to head to BSA. As a mother of two daughters with type 1 diabetes, she knew the severity of a seemingly ordinary condition could be amplified.

    The Garceses are no strangers to BSA. Their family has seen doctors there for years, and the oldest Garces daughter was even diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in its pediatric unit 15 years ago. Christy knew she could trust the doctors and staff at BSA to figure out what was causing Sophie’s pain and fever.

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  • March 22, 2021

    Women’s History Month: Lisa Touma Shares her Journey in Healthcare

    This Women’s History Month, we are spotlighting BSA’s clinical education coordinator and resource educator for nursing services, Lisa Touma, RN, MSN.

    Lisa has been with BSA since 2005. She has always had ambitions to enter the healthcare industry, but her path to get there was unique.

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  • February 25, 2021

    Should you consider a heart scan after having COVID-19?

    As a result of new information regarding the relationship between the cardiovascular system and COVID-19, there’s been a lot of chatter around this question: Should you consider a heart scan after recovering? The appropriate answer varies depending on the individual and the severity of their bout with the virus.

    If you had a mild case, or you were asymptomatic, experts do not believe it’s necessary to get a heart scan before resuming activity.

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  • February 10, 2021

    Skin Burn Awareness

    More than one million burn injuries occur every year in the United States.

    “Burns are complex, and at times, are serious injuries which take a knowledgeable provider to assess,” BSA Advanced Wound Care Center Medical Director, Cuatro Holland, DO said. “Numerous complications can occur if left untreated. If there are any concerns, professional help should be sought immediately.”

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  • January 27, 2021

    First-Time Mom Delivers Early at BSA While Suffering from COVID-19

    Clara Perez, 23, was 34-weeks pregnant when she began experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms.

    "I was having a lot of muscle pain and throwing up,” Perez said. “I wasn't able to keep anything down, not even water. I was also running a fever and had lost my taste and smell.”

    Due to the severity of her symptoms and her concern for her unborn child’s safety, Perez went to the BSA Emergency Room. Once at BSA, she was given an IV and staff began monitoring both her and her baby’s vital signs.

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  • January 13, 2021

    Nurse Practitioner Becomes COVID-19 Patient

    In early April of 2020, Nurse Practitioner Stan Leffew contracted COVID-19 and was admitted to BSA hospital. Needing to be intubated, Leffew required the care of his former colleagues in the BSA Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

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  • May 22, 2020

    BSA EMS Helping to Test for COVID-19 in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

    As more cases of COVID-19 are being confirmed in the Texas Panhandle, the BSA Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department is doing their part to help one of our area’s at-risk populations. BSA EMS has been assigned by the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force to administer COVID-19 tests to residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The BSA EMS team is helping administer the tests in response to an executive order issued by Governor Greg Abbott.

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  • April 30, 2020

    BSA Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for Patient Safety by Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

    Amarillo, TX, (April 30, 2020) – BSA Health System is the only hospital in the Texas Panhandle to be awarded an ‘A’ for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2020 Hospital Safety Grade. This is the second consecutive time that BSA has received this national distinction, which recognizes achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare.

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