Rural Healthcare

Medical emergencies can be especially frightening for residents of rural communities. They often rely on volunteer First Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians to have the critical training and up-to-date equipment to stabilize their condition so they can be safely transported to a hospital.

In the early 1980s, Iowa was experiencing a farm crisis that placed a strain on rural communities to fund their own emergency medical services. In response, St. Luke's Foundation established the Rural Healthcare Endowment Fund to strengthen healthcare in rural areas. The Foundation reached its initial $150,000 endowment goal through corporate and individual donations. Once the endowment was established, grant requests for rural communities continued on an annual basis.

Since its inception, the Rural Healthcare Endowment has awarded over $275,000 in matching grants to support emergency medical services in Benton, Cedar, Delaware, Iowa, Johnson, Jones and Linn counties. Medical equipment and training made possible through these grants include: CPR compression devices, defibrillators, ambulance upgrades, training mannequins, pediatric advanced training, etc.

Most First Responders/EMTs in rural areas are volunteers. The equipment and vehicles they use are not usually funded by local taxes - they depend on donations to cover operating expenses. Donations to the St. Luke's Rural Healthcare Fund will help ensure critical equipment and training is available to our rural communities.

Learn more about how you can support rural healthcare.