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St. Luke's Health Care Foundation awards rural healthcare grants

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CEDAR RAPIDS (NEWS RELEASE) -- Cedar Rapids-Eleven Eastern Iowa organizations are the recipients of $32,704.92 in grants as part of St. Luke's Rural Health Care Endowment Fund, which provides matching funds for not-for-profit projects that work to improve the health and wellness of rural residents.

The recipients are:

-Victor First Responders received a $1,706.80 grant to purchase a rechargeable defibrillator.
-Hiawatha Fire Department received a $4,615.62 grant to buy an advanced life support mannequin.
-RSVP Jones County received a $6,297 grant to pay for transportation expenses. Jones County RSVP provides transportation services for older rural residents diving to and from medical and dental appointments.
-Walker Fire Department received a $750 grant to purchase a pulse oximeter, trauma and oxygen bags and other needed equipment.
-Belle Plaine Area Ambulance received a $1,050 grant for an EZ-IO, which allows paramedics to gain vascular access in seconds to provide intravenous therapy (IV) to patients.
-Blairstown Volunteer Ambulance Service received a $2,195.50 grant to pay for half the cost of tuition for ten students to attend an EMT basic course.
-Monticello Ambulance Service received a $4,940 grant to pay for a Life-Stat Mechanical CPR Machine.
-Newhall First Responders received a $1,000 grant to purchase equipment and supplies to implement a firefighter rehab area.
-North Benton Ambulance received a $7,000 grant to purchase monitor upgrades to a 12-lead capability.
-Troy Mills Fire Department received a $800 grant to purchase a multigas detector, which allows firefighters to investigate leaks faster - they usually have to wait for back-up assistance.
-Volunteer Services of Cedar County received a $2,350 grant to pay for transportation services for older rural residents diving to and from medical appointments.

The Rural Health Care Endowment Fund was established in the early 80s, during the farm crisis. This put a strain on the support of small rural community's emergency medical services. St. Luke's Health Care Foundation developed the idea of giving small grants to rural ambulance services. A number of corporate gifts originally established the fund and in 1996, St. Luke's associates started designating money to this fund through annual fundraising.

Since that time, other friends of St. Luke's have contributed to this fund. Since the first grant was made in 1980, 108 applicants have been granted over $192,000.

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