BVRMC requiring staff to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center will require all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of the holiday season. In a letter Friday to employees, CEO Rob Colerick acknowledged that vaccinations as a condition of employment is a matter that “causes much conversation and feelings,” but ultimately allows BVRMC to provide the “safest possible environment” for patients and insure stability operating […]

UnityPoint Health mandates vaccine for all employees

BVRMC yet to render its decision

UnityPoint Health will require its more than 33,000 employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1, a move that was expected given the virus’ rising transmission rate across its three-state footprint. “We remain incredibly grateful to our health care providers, who have seen the devastation of COVID-19 up close and personal over the past 18 months,” said Clay Holderman, […]

Local health system able to cope with Covid flow so far

Hospitals near capacity but keep transfers down

UnityPoint Health believes it has successfully managed months of heightened traffic in the hospital network containing Buena Vista County amid the coronavirus pandemic, as transfers have been kept to a minimum and capacity hasn’t been exceeded.  James Roetman, the CEO of Pocahontas Community Hospital and UnityPoint’s liaison to the BVRMC, told the hospital board on Monday the closest the system […]