Foundation Donor Spotlight


Vander Kooi Gift to Support BVRMC Expansion

 The Buena Vista Regional Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Bruce and Helen Vander Kooi, Storm Lake, have made a very generous donation to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center designated for the hospital’s campus development plan.  The six-figure gift is a testament to the healthcare legacy of the Vander Koois and the service they have provided for many years to the people of this area. 

“It is exciting to be able to give something back that will benefit the entire community,” states Helen Vander Kooi. “Every family will at one time or another need a good hospital.  Storm Lake is blessed to have an excellent hospital and staff.”  In Dr. Vander Kooi’s words, “For thirty-nine years I practiced medicine in Storm Lake and BVRMC and have many fond memories of my time with both.  Now in retirement, it seems appropriate to give back to these entities which have been such a major part of my life.”

The Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, Administration and staff of Buena Vista Regional Medical Center extend their extreme gratitude to the Vander Koois for their generosity and commitment to the future of healthcare.

Pictured are Dr. Bruce and Helen Vander Kooi.



I’m in the midst of reading a book by Paul Stutzman called “Hiking Through.” It speaks of his journey to find peace and contentment after the death of his wife from cancer. It’s been ten years since my husband passed away from his struggle with cancer. We had worked side by side for 55 years so when were told he had cancer we were on another journey together. Our partners on this journey were doctors, nurses, hospital facilities and technology, family and friends. What a blessing they were to us. We who live in the Storm Lake area should be proud of the hospital and staff that provides for our needs twenty-four hours a day every day. We need to support it in any way we can. You never know when your time of need will come. God bless all those who look after our needs in such a caring way.

Jean Hemmingsen

"If it were not for the tests taken at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Radiology Department early last Spring, Bob may not be alive today. The skill and accuracy of the Ultrasound Technologist proved to be the determining factor in a diagnosis that showed a need for 'life-saving' surgery."

"We are thankful that BVRMC has this 'specialized' equipment available, along with a 'First Class' ER and Cardiac Rehab. department that played a major role in our health care program. "

"The region is blessed to have this medical center. It will always have our support."

Nella and Bob O'Brien