• 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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  • May 5, 2017

    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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  • February 27, 2017

    All in the Family: Nurse delivers baby of the woman she delivered 26 years ago

    When you deliver babies for more than 30 years, you may think you have seen it all. That is, until you help deliver the baby of the baby you delivered in 1991.

    Janet Hillers, RN is no stranger to BSA’s third floor. She has helped deliver hundreds of babies since she started working at BSA Health System in 1983. But just a few days ago, she was able to do something not many nurses get to do, she helped deliver a baby for a woman she had delivered.

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  • January 31, 2017

    BSA Leadership Series with Physicians Surgical Hospitals Director of Surgical Services Julie Smith

    At a very young age – even before entering kindergarten – Julie Smith, RN, found her passion. “I started playing classical violin when I was four years old,” she recalls. Her love for music and the violin continued as she grew older. “I was a music major in college.” After graduation, a chance conversation with a friend at church put her professional career on a completely different course. “I couldn’t stand the sight of blood.” Had Julie not taken a chance on her first job in health care, she wouldn’t have found the job or the place she says she never wants to leave.

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  • January 30, 2017

    Knowledge and Prevention of Cervical Cancer

    January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. This is a great time for women to refresh their knowledge of cervical cancer and to take appropriate steps for disease prevention. The National Cancer Institute projected that almost 13,000 women would be diagnosed with cervical cancer last year. “Cervical cancer used to be the number one cancer cause of death in women, but over the past 40 years, the number of deaths from cervical cancer has dramatically dropped,” shares Dr.

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