Iowa Specialty Hospital

Local Farmer Directs America's Farmers Grows Donation to Iowa Specialty Hospital

April 18, 2019

• Each year, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program partners with local farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits. 
• Sponsored by the Bayer Fund, the program provides farmers the opportunity to support and give back to nonprofit organizations they care about in their local communities by enrolling for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice.
• Since 2010, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program has given more than 
$33 million to over 8,000 nonprofits across rural America.

County farmer, Kent Kirstein, directed $2,500 to Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Bayer Fund. As part of their mission, Iowa Specialty Hospital will use the funds to purchase equipment for its ambulance service.

“Thanks to this donation, we will purchase an EZ-IO Intraosseous Vascular Access System. There are greater than 500,000 adult occurrences of cardiac arrest yearly in the United States, with an estimated 10% survival rate.  EMS staff needs the fastest method of establishing vascular access,” shared Brian Jensen, Paramedic and Ambulance Leader.  
In cardiac arrest victims IV access may be difficult or impossible due to cardiovascular collapse and environmental changes.  Vascular access can be achieved in less than 10 seconds, and success rates have been shown to be superior to that of IV access during cardiac arrest.  In an emergent situation this is a very valuable tool to have.
Celebrating its 10th year, America’s Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support nonprofit organizations strengthening rural communities. The program offers farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice. It has awarded more than $33 million to over 8,000 nonprofits across rural America. 

“A better life is Bayer’s goal. Farmers are invested in their communities, they root for their neighbors, and they know when and where there is a need,” said Al Mitchell, Vice President Corporate Engagement, Bayer. “Farmers are one of America’s best resources, which is why Grow Communities partners with them to direct donations to the organizations they are passionate about and that make a positive impact and a better life in communities.”

To learn more about the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, visit or follow on Facebook at

About America’s Farmers
Started in 2010, the America’s Farmers programs, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, have been dedicated to partnering with farmers to strengthen rural communities. The programs provide funding for ag scholarships, nonprofit donations and school STEM grants. Since inception the fund has awarded over $50 million to rural communities. For more information visit 

About the Bayer Fund
The Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Bayer employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education, and community development projects. 


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