Pork Producers Are Giving Back To Their Communities

Iowa Select Farms owners contributed big money to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines to expand its cancer and blood disorders center.

Published on: Jul 26, 2013

Designed just for kids, the new Blank Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center in Des Moines, supported by the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation, provides comprehensive and coordinated medical care for children by a multidisciplinary team of pediatric specialists. It is the only center in central Iowa treating kids with cancer and blood disorders. The new family-friendly clinic provides the best possible treatments and health care for children and their families.

"As farmers and pork producers, we are committed to giving back to our communities and contributing to nonprofit organizations striving to improve the quality of life for local residents," said Jeff Hansen, CEO of Iowa Select Farms and co-founder of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation. "Our Foundation supports this center," he added, "because cancer, although uncommon, is the second leading cause of death in children, exceed only by accidents, according to the American Cancer Society. Plus, Blank is an extraordinary children's hospital that serves all of Iowa's 99 counties and is committed to fighting pediatric cancer and blood disorders."

GIVING BACK: Jen Sorenson and Mike Blaser of Iowa Select Farms pose for a photo in front of the Sticks artwork that recognizes the support of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation. The pork producer foundation recently made a large financial contribution to the Blank Childrens Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
GIVING BACK: Jen Sorenson and Mike Blaser of Iowa Select Farms pose for a photo in front of the Sticks artwork that recognizes the support of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation. The pork producer foundation recently made a large financial contribution to the Blank Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Blank Children's Hospital opens expanded cancer and blood disorders center supported by Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation

RIBBON CUTTING: Iowa Select Farms Communications Director Jen Sorenson, far left, prepares to snip the ribbon at the recent ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Blank Children’s Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
RIBBON CUTTING: Iowa Select Farms Communications Director Jen Sorenson, far left, prepares to snip the ribbon at the recent ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Blank Children’s Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

"This is a spacious and comfortable first-class facility designed to make the care of children and their families the best it can possibly be," says Deb Hansen. "We appreciate the comfort that peaceful rooms like these will provide for cancer patients and their families during stressful times."

The Hansens believe in doing the right thing. They founded Iowa Select Farms and New Modern Concepts in Iowa Falls in north-central Iowa years ago, and later established the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation in 2006. The foundation works with philanthropic organizations to relieve hunger, support military families and strengthen efforts to find a cure for childhood cancer while improving the quality of life for cancer patients.

The largest pork producer in Iowa and the sixth largest in the United States, Iowa Select Farms has been producing high-quality pork for 20 years and is committed to meeting or exceeding all requirements in efforts to protect the environment and ensure proper care and well-being of swine. With nearly 550 swine farms across the state, Iowa Select Farms employs more than 1,000 people, contracts with more than 345 farm families and supports hundreds of local businesses throughout the state.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~

The newly expanded Blank Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center features: More exam rooms and large family space where patients and families can play, do activities and connect with each other. It also has consultation rooms, expanded infusion rooms, dedicated procedure rooms, psychologist testing room, conference room for webinars, education and telemedicine, a new adolescent and young adult and survivorship program and dedicated space for research coordinators.

Doing the right thing - -donation makes this cancer fighting center possible

Without the generous donation and vision from Jeff and Deb Hansen and Iowa Select Farms, the new space for children fighting cancer and blood disorders and their families wouldn't be possible. The Hansen's generous gift was supported with many other gifts from dedicated donors: Jan and Lloyd Taylor; The Coons Foundation; Jamie and Ellen Pollard; and Charity with a Twist Event. There is special Sticks artwork designed in celebration of Jennifer Dowd in the waiting room and family area, and Speck USA designed and donated the unique conference table. Other in-kind donations were made of toys and electronics from families supporting the new clinic.

* About the service: The specialized cancer and blood disorders team at Blank Children's Hospital consists of four board certified pediatric hematologists/oncologists, plus specially trained providers dedicated to caring for children with cancer and blood disorders. The physicians, nurses, social workers, child life specialists and staff work together to provide the latest treatments in a family-centered care environment. Blank Children's Hospital is affiliated with the Children's Oncology Group, which enables cancer centers from across the country to share information about the latest treatment protocols available. This means children receive the same, sophisticated care here in central Iowa that they would receive at other leading children's cancer centers. Learn more about the services at the Blank Children's Hospital website.

* About Blank Children's Hospital: Blank Children's Hospital is committed to family-centered healing, caring and teaching. With hundreds of doctors, nurses and staff who care for patients from before birth through adolescence, Blank Children's is a unique hospital. The number of medical specialists, programs and services is constantly growing to improve care and meet the changing health needs of children and families.