Two local leading hospice services merge

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Officials at BSA Hospice and Hospice Care of the Southwest have announced the merger of the two services effective April 1, 2016. The newly merged entity will be named BSA Hospice of the Southwest.

Hospice Care of the Southwest will operate the merged hospice and BSA will remain as a partner. BSA Hospice employees will transition to positions within BSA Hospice of the Southwest while others have elected to take open positions within the BSA system or other positions in the community.

Ronnie Atkins, Administrator of Hospice Care of the Southwest said, "Hospice Care of the Southwest is a locally owned and operated hospice. We have taken care of over 3500 patients and families in the last eleven years. Our management team has worked together for almost thirty years and actually began our hospice career at St Anthony's Hospice with Sister Olivia and Dr. Gerald Holman. We are excited to combine the expertise of both hospices to make a positive difference in the lives of our patients, their families and our community by providing quality Hospice Care with Compassion and Experience. "

Bob Williams, president and CEO of BSA Health System said, "The BSA Hospice was established by Sister Olivia Prendergast in 1980 and it became the first program in the Texas Panhandle dedicated to the care of terminally ill patients. Our two agencies are striving to make the transition process smooth for our staff and our patients and their families. BSA Health System understands the importance of quality hospice care. Hospice Care of the Southwest has proven that they provide an excellent, compassionate service and we look forward to being their partner. We understand that patients have a choice when it comes to selecting a hospice provider and we sincerely hope that patients will choose BSA Hospice of the Southwest."

About Hospice Care of the Southwest

Hospice Care of the Southwest provides comprehensive Hospice services to Amarillo and the surrounding communities in the Texas Panhandle. Services include physician directed interdisciplinary teams with Skilled Nurses, Home Health Aides, Social Services, Spiritual Care and Volunteers. The hospice team focuses on caring, comforting and healing, with a holistic approach – acknowledging that pain may be physical, emotional, spiritual and/or social. Patients are cared for at home, nursing facilities, assisted living centers, hospitals and the Hospice Inpatient Unit. Hospice Care of the Southwest began in 2005 with Dr Gerald Holman, Founding Medical Director. A dedicated Hospice Inpatient Unit was started inside Childers Place in 2011. The Hospice is locally owned and plans to stay locally owned and operated.

About BSA Health System BSA Health System (BSA) is a comprehensive healthcare system located in Amarillo, Texas, serving the Texas Panhandle and surrounding areas. BSA, the largest healthcare employer in the region, includes a 445-bed hospital, the Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center. BSA physicians and clinics include BSA Urgent Care, Amarillo Surgical Group, BSA Family Medical Clinic, Panhandle Ear Nose and Throat, BSA Wound Care, Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic, BSA GYN Oncology, interests in Panhandle Surgery, Quail Creek Surgical Hospital, ADC Endoscopy, Advanced Imaging Center, and Open Air MRI. BSA is nationally acclaimed for its excellent quality, outstanding customer service and advanced technology. During the past year, BSA has been recognized by Healthgrades as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence for three consecutive years, and this year was again named a Truven 100 Top Hospital.