All posts by Diane Porter

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

Patient and Visitor Restrictions at BVRMC

Diane Porter | March 13th, 2020

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center has placed immediate restrictions on visitations for the health and safety of everyone due to the severity of flu and concerns of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). While no Coronavirus cases have been reported in Buena Vista County, BVRMC would like to take proactive measures to keep both patients and…read more

Colon Cancer Patient Encourages Early Screening

Diane Porter | March 11th, 2020

Life is a journey that often times can throw you a curveball. As Jeff sits in a chair and looks out the window at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, he reflects on his life, when things started to go down an expected path. 55 year old Jeff Schleisman, a pastor who lives in rural Lake…read more

Cardiologist, Dr. Jon A. Peacock Presents at a BVRMC Lunch & Learn

Diane Porter | February 21st, 2020

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and Cardiovascular Associates sponsored, “Ask the Cardiologist Your Heart Questions” presentation at BVRMC February 13. Jon A. Peacock, MD, F.A.C.C. was the featured speaker. The well attended Free Lunch & Learn gave the attendees an opportunity to ask their questions regarding heart health.

Three BVRMC Fitness Specialists Now Certified in Cancer Exercise

Diane Porter | January 21st, 2020

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Fitness & Health Center Fitness Specialists Nancy Marshall and Melissa Iehl, along with Evan Franzmeier, Fitness Center Manager, recently became certified Cancer Exercise Specialists. The Cancer Exercise Specialist Advanced Qualification was developed for health and fitness professionals to teach them hands-on skills needed to guide patients through treatment into recovery and…read more

Message Your Doctor Securely

Diane Porter | January 13th, 2020

With secure patient messaging from MyUnityPoint, your care team is always just a click away. Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and UnityPoint Clinic uses secure patient messaging to provide a confidential and convenient way for us to communicate with you about your health care. Confidentiality is our primary concern. Secure messaging is private and secure…read more

BVRMC Event to Help Dementia Care Givers

Diane Porter | January 13th, 2020

Teepa Snow MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, one of the nation’s most dynamic and uplifting dementia care experts, and founder of Positive Approach® to Care (PAC), will present Coping with Challenging Situations in Dementia Care on Thursday, April 9 at King’s Pointe Waterpark Resort in Storm Lake. Nurses, Nursing Home Staff and at home caregivers, and anyone…read more

Bags with Goodies Donated to BVRMC for Oncology Patients

Diane Porter | January 7th, 2020

December 17 is a special day for Carrie Schmidt, it’s her dad’s birthday. Carrie’s dad, Ed Demers, died at the age of 42 from leukemia. Years after his passing she became a Thirty-One bag consultant and found a way to pay tribute to Ed’s memory every year and help patients fighting cancer at Buena Vista…read more

2019 Auxiliary Scholarship Winners

Diane Porter | January 7th, 2020

Congratulations to The 2019 BVRMC Auxiliary Scholarship Winners  A coffee reception for the 2019 Auxiliary scholarship winners was held on Friday, December 22. Those that were able to attend are shown in the photos below. 2020 scholarship applications are now available at  The following are the winners along with the scholarship they received. High…read more