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BVRMC Doctors Named Iowa Hospital Association Hospital Heroes

October 12, 2021 6:23am

Two Buena Vista Regional Medical Center staff members were recognized last week as 2021 Iowa Hospital Association Hospital Heroes.

Medical Director of Emergency Services Dr. Garrett Feddersen...and Chief of Medicine/Critical Services Dr. Kyle Glienke were honored virtually as part of the annual Iowa Hospital Association meeting. Both doctors have been key leaders at BVRMC during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both doctors made communication a key during the pandemic. Dr. Feddersen did a variety of radio ads, Facebook videos, and more to help communicate what he knew at the time, and how residents could prevent the spread of COVID. Dr. Glienke attended daily nurse huddles, even when there were no patients on the floor, so staff could see his presence and have all questions answered.

Every year, the Iowa Hospital Association receives multiple nominations for the Hospital Hero Award. 11 candidates were selected as 2021 IHA Hospital Heroes.

“Before many of us had ever heard of Wuhan, China, Dr. Feddersen was watching and learning about this new virus. As we were coming out of a busy February flu season, Dr. Feddersen led our team to prepare for COVID-19 by calling together and leading our Incident Command team,” stated one nominator. “When we started to see our first cases in May, our employees were ready with systems and plans to provide the best care.”

Another nominator talked about Dr. Glienke’s leadership in taking care of admitted patients that needed extensive care. One nominator said, “As patients needed to be admitted to our inpatient unit, Dr. Glienke was key to advising staff and being on top of the latest research on caring for COVID-19 patients. With ever changing advice from health care agencies, Dr. Glienke easily pivoted to the various recommendations. His leadership helped our nursing team feel more confident and supported which allowed them to provide great care to patients.”

“Our hospital continues to be ready and provide great local care to our community. While this pandemic has required every employee to help, we credit much of BVRMC’s success to our Hospital Heroes Dr. Feddersen and Dr. Glienke. They are both very worthy of this honor,” says CEO Rob Colerick.