How Your Donations Have Been Used

ClearSight Device for the Surgery Department

Foundation funds have been used to purchase a ClearSight device for the Surgery department. This device is used on critically ill patients or patients with sensitive fluid volume. Among its many benefits is that the ClearSight device will give beat-to-beat readings on cardiac output without inserting an arterial line. Shown in the photo are left to right, Casey Orth-Nebitt, Director of OR, Gabriel Scheer, CRNA, and Julie Anderson, Director of Same Day Surgery/Endoscopy.

VPS Rhythm Device for Nurses

Donations to the Foundation have been used to purchase
the new VPS Rhythm Device used by the nursing staff to insert and confirm PICC line placements. PICC lines are
very long IVs that are used for special nutrition and certain medications that cannot be given through a regular IV catheter. With this VPS device, the need for a chest X-ray to determine catheter position will be eliminated. Pictured with the device are Sarah Naberhaus, RN/House Supervisor, and Dianne Tiefenthaler, RN.

PICC Nurses Learn to Use Extended Dwell Peripheral IV Catherters

The Arrow company was on site teaching BVRMC's PICC nurses to insert Extended Dwell Peripheral IV catheters. This is very exciting news and and is a new device that will be used on patients requiring long term IV antibiotics. The catheters can be left in up to 30 days. Amanda Johnson, Joan O'Leary, Dianne Tiefenthaler, and Sarah Naberhaus are pictured above.

Donations to BVRMC Foundation Provide State of the Art Wheelchairs

Pictured are Buena Vista Regional Medical Center staff members Terry Lammers, Sarah Naberhaus, Kathy Jones and Gwenn Ehlers with three of the nine new wheelchairs purchased at a cost of $19,960 that were funded entirely with donations to the Buena Vista Regional Healthcare Foundation. These wheelchairs are the latest innovation for patient transport, providing greater ease of operation, comfort and safety. They are located in the Diagnostic imaging, Medical/Surgical and Emergency departments. The entire staff at BVRMC extends their sincere gratitude and thanks to everyone who made this possible.

"Cares for Kids" Donations Support BVRMC First Embrace Obstetrics

Donations to the "Cares for Kids" program at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center have recently been used to purchase a CuddleCot for the First Embrace Obstetrics. The CuddleCot and a Moses Basket are used together when a newborn passes away so the family will have additional time with their child.

"Although we pray that this device will never need to be used, having it available to a family during this emotional time to grieve with their newborn is beyond measure," states Brad Strader, Executive Director of the BVRMC Foundation and coordinator of the "Cares for Kids" program. "Those who have supported the "Cares for Kids" program with their gifts can take comfort in knowing they have helped families at a critical time."

Pictured with the CuddleCot and Moses basket are BVRMC First Embrace Staff Amanda Thompson and Dora Crampton with their spouses and children.

The Thompsons and Cramptons have donated the Moses Basket. These families have each experienced the loss of a baby.

Operation: Turn Up the Heat Promotion

Hawk-I Plumbing, Inc. gave away a free furnace, including free installation, to the winner of their "Operation: Turn Up the Heat" promotion. They partnered with BVRMC P.i.n.k. and The Storm Lake Radio Stations. The "Operation: Turn Up the Heat" promotion was in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October. Submissions were collected of inspirational stories of how someone they know dealt with breast cancer in a positive and inspirational way. The winner of this year's promotion was Sara Eddie of Storm Lake, Iowa. Sara has donated the furnace to her mother, Molly Eddie, whom she wrote the story about. Molly has needed a new furnace for a couple of years now and the positive way she battled breast cancer was an inspiration to Sara. To read Sara's story about her mother, Molly, visit Hawk-I Plumbing, Inc.'s Facebook page. $2,000 was raised for this effort.

Photo left to right: Scott Haldin - owner of Hawk-I Plumbing, Inc., Sara Eddie - winner of pink furnace, Molly Eddie - mother of Sara Eddie, Katie Schwint - BVRMC, Executive Director of Communications, and John Eddie - brother of Sara Eddie

Donation to BVRMC P.i.n.k. by Sunjara Salon

On Friday, October 28, Sunjara Salon offered various specials throughout the day in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A percentage of the funds raised went to BVRMC P.i.n.k.

Pictured at right is salon owner Kim Sievers, along with some of her staff and Katie Schwint and Joan Kurtz of BVRMC.

We thank Sunjara for the generous donation of $125.00.

Paxton's Jewelry Pink "Rocktober" Balloon Bash Cake Dig Fundraiser

Paxton's Jewelry held its Pink Rocktober promotion where customers could purchase a balloon with a gemstone for $10. Participants who found a pearl in their balloon were invited to a cake dig on Saturday where the winner won a pink diamond necklace. The winner this year was Deb Godfredson from Storm Lake. $1000.00 was raised for Buena Vista Regional Medical Center's P.i.n.k. which helps women with financial barriers receive free mammograms.

Presenting check is Gary Ringgenberg from Paxton's Jewelry to BVRMC employees Kim Wych, Linda Carlsen, and Katie Schwint. Also present winner of necklace Deb Godfredson.

Laurens Ladies Golf League Make A Donation

The Laurens Ladies Golf League made a generous donation of $250 to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center's P.i.n.k., which provides free mammograms to women with financial barriers.

Pictured at right are two members of the Laurens Ladies Golf League along with Linda Carlsen, Kim Wych and Joan Kurtz of BVRMC Diagnostic Imaging.

Sassy Saturday in Storm Lake Helps BVRMC

Storm Lake United and Storm Lake Retail in Action were pleased to present the first ever Sassy Saturday in Storm Lake.

This promotion with local retailers was on Saturday October 1st, in Storm Lake. A wide variety of demonstrations, sales, and activities were available for shoppers as well as the opportunity to purchase the Sassy Saturday P.i.n.k. Bracelet. A portion of these proceeds was donated to the BVRMC P.i.n.k. Project which helps to provide mammograms to those patients who are uninsured or underinsured.

Thanks to generous participation from the public, Storm Lake United and Storm Lake Retail in Action. Over 100 bracelets were sold with a portion of proceeds to BVRMC P.i.n.k.

Pictured is Storm Lake United employee Kristi Davis along with Kim Wych and Joan Kurtz, BVRMC Diagnostic Imaging.

Thank you to all the retailers and customers who participated in Sassy Saturday in Storm Lake!

12th Annual 'Life Saver' Donor Appreciation Dinner Held April 29, 2016

The twelfth annual Life Saver donor appreciation dinner was held April 27 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. Over seventy-five donors attended the dinner held each year to honor Life Saver donors and to thank them for their generosity. This year, donations supported the Hope Harbor department. Leah Fineran, Nurse Director of Hope Harbor, was the featured speaker at the event. The Life Saver fund drive takes place each year with donations being used to provide the latest equipment and services for patients and their families.

Donations to Foundation Used to Enhance BVRMC Safety

With funds donated to the Buena Vista Regional Healthcare Foundation by many generous donors, the Foundation Board of Directors again has shown support of Buena Vista Regional Medical Center's mission to continue moving to higher levels of patient and employee safety by approving the purchase of updated and additional equipment which allow for a Total Patient Lift Solution. BVRMC prides itself in sustaining a Culture of Safe and High Quality care. The medical center recognizes that in order to provide a safe place for patients to receive high-quality care, it must also provide a safe environment for staff members to provide such care.

The EZ Way Smart Stand is used for transferring the patient from chair, wheelchair, toilet or bed, and can be used to assist patients to walk safely. This Stand is suitable for patients of all sizes.

The EZ Way Smart Lift was designed primarily to perform total patient lifts from the bed to chair, toilet, cart to bed, and for showers/baths. With this addition of the upgraded equipment, the low base allows for patient transfer from an ER cart to hospital bed, in a comfortable and safe manner.

Pictured above/right are: Mary Beth Andrews, Director of Safety, Julia White, Director of Rehab Services and Gaylene Nixon, Rehab Tech/Safety Delegate.

Deb Colshan, Director of Medical/Surgical/ICU and staff welcome the new EZ Lift to their department.

The EZ Way Smart Lift was designed primarily to perform total patient lifts from the bed to chair, toilet, cart to bed, and for showers/baths. With this addition of the upgraded equipment, the low base allows for patient transfer from an ER cart to hospital bed, in a comfortable and safe manner.

BVRMC Foundation Funds New Device For Diagnostic Imaging Department

Donations to the Buena Vista Regional Healthcare Foundation have recently been used to purchase new technology for the Diagnostic Imaging Department at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. The device purchased at a cost of ten thousand dollars, called a Trophon, disinfects the probe used for Ultrasound procedures. It reduces the time required for disinfection from over thirty minutes to only seven minutes, thus allowing more patients to be seen more quickly by reducing the waiting time between procedures. "This is another example of how gifts given by generous donors are used. Every donor can be assured that the Foundation Board wisely utilizes their donations to provide the highest quality care to patients and their families at BVRMC," quotes Brad Strader, Executive Director of the Foundation. Pictured left to right are Paula Wienhold, Sonographer, who has been a BVRMC employee since 2003 and Julie McKinney, Ultrasound Supervisor, who has been with BVRMC since 1986.



Please consider donating a part of your grain sales to support

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center

Simply ask your grain buyer to send the check to:
Buena Vista Regional Healthcare Foundation
1525 West 5th Street
P.O. Box 309
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588

Tax I.D. 42-1291649

If you have questions, please contact Brad Strader,

Foundation Director at the address above, call 712.213.8609

or email