Lyle Rachuy, an incumbent from Storm Lake, and newcomer Keith Movall of rural Newell are running uncontested for two available seats on the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center board of directors in the Nov. 2 general election.
Rachuy is a two-term, 12-year veteran member of the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center board of trustees.
Rachuy has helped oversee two major construction projects in the past four years at Buena Vista Regional plus addition of a new surgery area, specialty clinics, physical and occupational therapy areas, and an upgraded radiology department. "We've got our infrastructure pretty well in place," Rachuy said.
One upgrade Rachuy looks forward to is bringing the dialysis facility back on campus. Like medical technology, BVRMC finds itself having to change with the times, Rachuy said.
Installation of a helipad is one topic the board is currently considering. Rachuy said neighborhood objections to possible noise from helicopters must be weighed against the safety and lives of patients. "That's something we need to look at," Rachuy said. One location under consideration is on the west side of the hospital by the emergency room.
The board is also embarking on a new approach of policy governance. "We're still working on it," Rachuy said. The board has set some policies under the new operating procedure. The philosophy of policy governance is to have executives and department heads make recommendations and for the board to chart future direction.
"Our job is to look to the future and set policy" under policy governance, Rachuy said.
Overall, Rachuy said he has enjoyed serving on the board of directors of BVRMC. "It's been a challenge but it's been fun," Rachuy said.
Rachuy was a district manager for MidAmerican Energy for 20 years and retired in 1992. He has also served on the board of Methodist Manor and Storm Lake Area Development Corporation.
Rachuy and his wife, Shirley, have three children: Scott in Ankeny, David in West Des Moines, and Karla in Urbandale.
Movall is running for the seat vacated by outgoing board member Byron Crippin, retired Storm Lake attorney.
Movall is a lifelong resident of Buena Vista County. He runs a grain and livestock operation south of Newell.
Movall's wife, Nancy, is technical consultant for the Area Education Agency in Storm Lake. They have two sons, Matt, attending the University of Iowa; and Mike, a junior at Newell-Fonda High School.
"It's a real asset to our community," Movall said of the medical center. "It certainly has grown and become very progressive. It's a really important asset when you need it."
Movall likes the idea of BVRMC moving meetings around the county to stay in touch with rural residents, a practice the board began this fall with a meeting Monday night in Albert City. "I think it's a great idea," Movall said. "It's a way to make yourself accessible to the taxpayers. It give people a chance to access the board."
With expansion of specialty clinics, particularly physical therapy and occupational therapy, Movall said the hospital will be "a lot more convenient to people in the area."
Looking at the issue of locating a helipad on the hospital campus, Movall said, "I can maybe be sympathetic with the people that live close to the hospital but with the trauma patient that becomes sort of irrelevant."
Considering relocating dialysis facilities to the Renal Center on north Lake Avenue, Movall said that due to an insufficient number of patients, "It was a good decision to get out of it."
Movall served on the board of the Newell Cooperative Elevator for 15 years. He has also served on the board of the Buena Vista County Pork Producers and the Buena Vista County Extension Council. He currently serves on the board of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Newell.