All posts by Diane Porter

New Art Wall Photography at BVRMC

Diane Porter | December 15th, 2020

Kelly Wood Galva, Iowa BIOGRAPHY: Galva, Iowa, amateur photographer Kelly Wood finds her inspiration within nature and strives to capture the peace and beauty that surrounds her. As a busy mother, wife, and full-time employee at BVRMC, some of Kelly’s favorite ways to relax are through traveling and photography. Her photography is mostly focused on…read more

Patients Appreciate Items Given through A.W.A.R.E. at BVRMC

Diane Porter | December 14th, 2020

BVRMC’s social worker Zena Olerich presents Sally Brecher and Juan Nunez with holiday presents from the AWARE committee. They are both fighting cancer and receiving treatments in the Oncology & Infusion Center. “The first day of treatment was very hard and Zena had me laughing trying on hats and making me feel better. The care…read more

BVRMC Earns 5 CMS Stars for Patient Experience

Diane Porter | December 1st, 2020

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released patient experience star ratings, giving 266 hospitals a rating of five stars. Buena Vista Regional Medical Center is one of 13 in Iowa with a 5 star rating. The federal administrator of the nation’s major health care programs assigned a patient experience star rating to 3,478 hospitals…read more

COVID-19 Updates With Dr. Feddersen

Diane Porter | November 10th, 2020

In the last several weeks, COVID-19 numbers have skyrocketed throughout the country, and throughout Iowa.  This dramatic increase has seen our hospitals fill across the region.  The issue is not just with COVID-19 patients, but our hospitals were already filling back up from the many medical problems that were put off or delayed due to…read more

BVRMC Receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Recognition Award

Diane Porter | October 22nd, 2020

STORM LAKE, IOWA, 2020 — Buena Vista Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused…read more

BVRMC will Host a Test Iowa Clinic Site

Diane Porter | October 7th, 2020

Starting Monday, October 12 Buena Vista Regional Medical Center will take over Test Iowa testing for Storm Lake. People wanting a COVID-19 test will continue to go to and register. Everyone must register via the website. No walk-ins will receive a test. The Test Iowa Clinic site will be located in the ambulance building…read more

New Artist Featured on BVRMC Community Art Wall

Diane Porter | August 19th, 2020

Marilyn Tamm-Schmitt Fonda, Iowa BIOGRAPHY: Fonda photographer Marilyn Tamm-Schmitt has had a passion for nature photography stemming from her childhood love of all natural beauty. During her over thirty year career as an educator in modern languages, Marilyn pursued her interest in photography specializing in birds, dogs and cats, flowers and horses. Her lifetime of…read more

BVRMC A.W.A.R.E. 2020 Goes Virtual

Diane Porter | August 17th, 2020

The 13th annual AWARE 5K walk and run is still on as a virtual event this year and can be completed Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 20. Sign up today to walk, or run for patients fighting cancer who are receiving treatment at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. Proceeds benefit patients’ expenses not covered…read more

BVRMC Nurses Receive Iowa Hospital Education Research Foundation Scholarship Awards

Diane Porter | July 15th, 2020

DES MOINES – Alicia Heuton, BSN, RN, CWON, and Amber Shupe, BSN, RN, MSN, employees of Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, have both been awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). 62 outstanding students from all over Iowa received assistance…read more

Bunion Patients Now Recover Faster

Diane Porter | July 15th, 2020

A bunion on Patti McKenna’s right foot made a simple yoga pose and sleeping difficult. After it became painful to sleep, she decided it was time to see a foot and ankle surgeon. Patti made an appointment with Dr. Jesse Wolfe, Northwest Iowa Bone, Joint & Sports Surgeon, an Outpatient Department of Buena Vista Regional…read more