Buena Vista University (BVU) and St. Anthony Regional Hospital have formed a Strategic Partnership to help strengthen their communities and the greater region.
This partnership allows for employees of St. Anthony Regional Hospital, as well as eligible family members of full-time employees, to receive grant funding to lower the overall cost of education while enrolled in classes at BVU’s Storm Lake campus. Partner grant funding also lowers the cost per credit hour for students enrolled in BVU’s convenient online/hybrid undergraduate programs or the organizational leadership graduate program.
“Continuing education is always important, not only to our employees, but to their spouses and children as well,” says St. Anthony Director of Human Resources Brook Mikkelsen. “Being able to offer educational support and discounts to our employees and their family members is a great benefit that aligns with our commitment to promoting education and supporting employee development.”
St. Anthony Regional Hospital, which has a workforce numbering 750 people, is headquartered in Carroll. The regional healthcare system, known for its mantra of “Health, Healing, and Hope,” offers an extensive line of services to six area counties surrounding Carroll. St. Anthony features seven health clinics operating in neighboring communities: Breda, Carroll, Coon Rapids, Denison, Manning, Wall Lake, and Westside. Orchard View, independent living apartments designed for the active senior, and Garden View Assisted Living are located on St. Anthony’s extensive campus in Carroll.
The 99-bed St. Anthony Regional Hospital is connected to a 79-bed nursing home. The hospital, which was founded in 1905, is a member of the American Hospital Association and the Iowa Hospital Association. In addition to primary providers, the hospital offers services in cardiology, cancer treatment, women’s services, orthopedics, chronic care, mental health, rehabilitation and more.
“BVU was the right fit for me as a nontraditional student. I spent my first semester on campus enrolled as a biology major, but I quickly learned that wasn’t the route I wanted to take and transitioned into a remote learning student as a business major. It worked perfectly with my schedule, allowing me to work full-time and prepare for the arrival of our first child,” says St. Anthony Director of Clinic Services Justin Wieck, a 2012 BVU Online & Hybrid Programs graduate. “Honestly, the thing that really hooked me was the morning I drove in to visit campus I drove down Third Street toward campus facing west. I thought the arch was really cool and after being a student there, I have a strong understanding of what the arch means. Whenever I make it back to Storm Lake, I still like to drive down Third Street to get a glimpse of the arch. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at BVU and definitely feel that the education prepared me for the role I have today.”
“Buena Vista University is thrilled to join forces with St. Anthony Regional Hospital through our Strategic Partnerships initiative,” says BVU Director of Strategic Partnerships Laura Todd. “We look forward to seeing St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s employees and their family members strengthen their careers through education while benefiting their communities and the people they serve.”