All posts by Diane Porter

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

BVRMC Welcomes Angela Boll

Diane Porter | July 7th, 2020

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and Buena Vista Anesthesia Associates welcomes Angela Boll, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), to Storm Lake. CRNAs work in BVRMC’s Surgical Services Department providing anesthesia services to surgical patients. “I was blessed at a young age with knowledge that I loved public service. With several nurses in my family, I…read more

BVRMC Ambulance Gets an Upgrade

Diane Porter | June 11th, 2020

“Reduce” and “reuse” are words often used in our economy today. Buena Vista Regional Medical Center is doing their part to be economically responsible with the purchase of a new “remounted” ambulance. “Remounting consists of a used patient compartment that has outlived its original chassis platform and has been mounted on a new chassis for…read more

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Diane Porter | May 28th, 2020

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center is closely monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak and working with the Buena Vista County Public Health Department, Iowa Department of Public Health, and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus…read more

To the Buena Vista Community:

Diane Porter | March 19th, 2020

I am a physician and the Medical Director for the Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Services here at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.  I wanted to take a moment to address our community about the novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19.  These are scary times for all of us, and there is a lot of uncertainty and…read more