How Your Donations Have Been Used


Tenth Annual ‘Life Saver’ Donor Appreciation Dinner Held April 30th

Donors to the Buena Vista Regional Healthcare Foundation’s annual ‘Life Saver’ campaign were honored at a dinner program held April 30th at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. Over ninety donors attended this year’s event where Dr. Deborah Majerus, Cardiologist with Cardiovascular Associates, Sioux City presented information about the new Holter heart monitoring system and EKG equipment which were purchased with this year’s donations. Brad Strader, Executive Director of the Foundation, thanked the donors for again surpassing the fundraising goal, something that has happened every year since the ‘Life Saver’ program began. “It is very gratifying to honor these donors who again showed their commitment to the healthcare mission of BVRMC,” states Strader. Pictured is Dr. Majerus.


BVRMC Foundation Funds Help to Purchase Ambulance

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center recently purchased a 2014 Ford Lifeline Ambulance. This new ambulance is four wheel drive, allowing the crew to better respond in inclement winter weather. The ambulance features air ride suspension and an extended wheel base, which provides patients a smoother ride on long transfers. Donations to the Buena Vista Regional Healthcare Foundation assisted with the purchase of the ambulance.


BVRMC Foundation Funds Latest Surgical Device

Two electrocautery units, the latest technology used for surgical dissections and controlling bleeding using heat generated by a high-voltage, high-frequency current passed through an electrode, have been purchased with donations to the Buena Vista Regional Healthcare Foundation for the Surgical Services department at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. These devices provide safer alternatives to using scalpels for incisions and sutures for controlling bleeding. “We are again grateful to the many generous donors who support the Foundation and allow BVRMC to continue to be a leader in medical care,” states Brad Strader, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Many donors want to be assured their contributions are wisely used to benefit people in need. This is another example of fulfilling that mission.” Pictured with the electrocautery units are members of the Surgical Services team at BVRMC.


Peg Schultz Memorial Gift to BVRMC

A very generous memorial donation to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center from Jeff Schultz, Storm Lake, and Kelly Schultz-Billings, Urbandale, son and daughter of the late Peg Schultz, has been used to purchase a sitting bench and statue placed at the entrance of the Specialty Clinic in memory of their Mother. “We are very honored and grateful to Jeff and Kelly for this gift. The statue and bench bearing their Mother’s name will be a lasting tribute to Peg,” states Deb Hinkeldey BSN, Director of Education and Specialty Services at BVRMC. Pictured from left to right are BVRMC staff members Diana Santellan, Marcy Glienke, Zena Olerich, Melissa Temple and Shari Schultz. Jeff and Kelly are on the far right.


St. Mary’s ‘Pink-Out’ Donations Benefit BVRMC

This year, over $7000 was raised by Storm Lake St. Mary’s School from “Pink-Out” fundraising events. These donations were designated to benefit cancer patients being treated at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. Pictured are St. Mary’s student basketball players, Rachel Todd and Jasmine Demers, with members of the BVRMC Oncology staff showing one of the ten new tables used at the patient’s bedside or chair side purchased with the donation from St. Mary’s. Buena Vista Regional Medical Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support St. Mary’s School has provided this year and in years past.


BVRMC Foundation Funds New Technology for Diabetes Treatment

The Board of Directors of the Buena Vista Regional Healthcare Foundation has recently approved using donations given by donors to the Foundation to purchase a Continuous Glucose Monitoring System. The purpose of this device is to capture blood sugars throughout a 24-hour period. The patient wears the device for three days and then it is removed. “The detailed glycemic profiles are reviewed to see glucose patterns and optimize patient therapy. Information obtained helps the physician and our diabetes team develop a better treatment plan for patients. The device is especially helpful for patients who experience inconsistent high and low glucose values throughout the day,” states Carol Lenhart BSN, Certified Diabetes Educator at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. Brad Strader CFRE, Executive Director of the Foundation, adds “This is another example of how the financial support given by people who contribute to assist BVRMC is used to benefit patients served. We are grateful for their generosity.” Pictured from left to right are Strader, Lenhart and Kay Jipp BSN, Certified Diabetes Educator.


Foundation Donations Provide New TVs for BVRMC Oncology Department

Donations given to the Buena Vista Regional Healthcare Foundation have been used to purchase new flat-screen televisions for cancer patients at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. These new TVs provided by the generous supporters of BVRMC will help patients pass the time while receiving chemotherapy. “Many donations to the Foundation are given by those who simply want their gifts to help those receiving care at BVRMC,” states Brad Strader, Executive Director of the Foundation. “They have not been given for a specific purpose. Providing a comfortable, healing experience to all patients receiving care at BVRMC is a top priority.” Pictured are Joan Christen (standing) and Robin Koster, members of the Oncology nursing staff and Strader.


Foundation Donations Provide a Trophon EPR Unit for the Diagnostic Imaging Department

Pictured is sonographer Julie McKinney with the diagnostic imaging department’s new Trophon EPR unit. The system is designed to perform high-level disinfection of ultrasound transducers in a safe timely manner. Trophon is a mechanical device utilizing highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide vapor to complete High Level Disinfection of transducers used in the ultrasound department. The new Trophon EPR makes the task of transducer disinfection (between patients) faster, safer, and more convenient. It offers a seven-minute process without exposing staff to toxic chemicals and vapors. Unlike prior chemical disinfection methods, the Trophon process is environmentally friendly with the only by-products being water and oxygen. Trophon has replaced a 20 minute soak/rinse process which exposed staff to hazardous chemicals and fumes. “We are grateful to our BVRMC Foundation for funding this project which has allowed us to acquire advanced technology making our work safer and improving our productivity so we can provide the best care to our patients” states Joan Kurtz Director of Imaging Services at BVRMC.

Berg Gift Benefits BVRMC Heart Patients

A very generous donation from Steve Berg, Storm Lake, given in memory of his father, Norm Berg, will benefit patients served in the Cardiac Rehabilitation department at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. This gift has been used to purchase the latest in cardiac monitoring technology. “My Dad thought a lot of this hospital. The care he received from the Cardiac nurses, and everyone at BVRMC who cared for him over the years, was great,” quotes Steve. “Before he passed away, he said that he wanted to do something for the hospital to help others. This is my way of honoring his wishes.” “We are very grateful to Steve for this gift. His father was a cornerstone of the Storm Lake business community for many years. I’m certain he would appreciate knowing he is continuing to serve the needs of the community,” states Brad Strader, Foundation Director at BVRMC. Pictured is Steve Berg with the nurses of the Cardiac Rehabilitation department.






Please consider donating a part of your grain and livestock sales to support
Buena Vista Regional Medical Center

Simply ask your grain or livestock buyer to send the check to:

Buena Vista Regional Healthcare Foundation
1525 West Fifth Street
P.O. Box 309
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588

Tax I.D. 42-1291649

If you have questions, please contact Brad Strader,
Foundation Directorat the address above, call 712-213-8609
or email