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St. Luke’s transitions blood donor collection services to MVRBC as of November 1, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirby Winn   
Monday, 20 September 2010 15:07
Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Effective November 1, St. Luke‟s Blood Bank will transition its blood donor collection services to Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC). St. Luke‟s Hospital will remain a blood donation site for MVRBC and donors may continue to give at the Hospital or at MVRBC‟s Cedar Rapids Donor Center (3235 Williams Pkwy.) and on mobile blood drives held by MVRBC in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding region.

MVRBC is a not-for-profit community blood center based in Davenport, Iowa that provides blood and blood components to 73 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. “MVRBC is a trusted partner with an established presence in Cedar Rapids and throughout eastern Iowa,” said Carol  Collingsworth, Director of Laboratory Management. “We have been extremely proud of our blood donor service and of our associates who have been closely affiliated with the program over the last 30 years, but recognize now is the time to transition St. Luke‟s blood donor services to MVRBC. MVRBC has a strong reputation in the blood donor services industry, with a proven record of safety and reliability. We are excited to partner with them to serve the future blood product needs of our community.”

Collingsworth notes the level of investment needed to satisfy regulatory requirements for blood safety, as well as the increased efficiency provided by economies of scale, has led hospitals throughout Iowa and the United States to work with outside partners for blood donor services for patient care.

“Since 2006, MVRBC and St. Luke‟s have been working together on a joint donation collaboration called "Give Blood, Share Life,‟” said Collingsworth. “Now we are extending the partnership to ensure an ongoing ability to provide the right mix of blood products to meet our patient needs, while doing so in a cost-effective and efficient manner.”

As the provider to hospitals throughout our region, MVRBC processes 170,000 units per year compared to St. Luke‟s 6,000 units per year. Higher volumes lead to greater opportunities in efficiency, innovation and cost savings.  MVRBC‟s commitment to operational efficiency is matched by their desire to make an even greater difference for patients in need of blood transfusions. MVRBC‟s mission is to provide world class blood products for patients and communities in need. This mission aligns closely with St. Luke‟s mission “To provide the healthcare we would like our loved ones to receive.”

Including St. Luke‟s Hospital in Cedar Rapids (effective Nov. 1, 2010), the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center‟s service region includes 31 hospitals in eastern and southeastern Iowa. These range from Critical Access Hospitals in rural communities to large-scale urban facilities in larger cities. In total, MVRBC is the provider of blood and blood components to 74 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. To see the full list of hospitals served by MVRBC, go to and click on the “About Us” tab.

Hospitals in Iowa served by MVRBC

Davis County Hospital - Bloomfield, Iowa
Fort Madison Community Hospital - Fort Madison, Iowa
Genesis Medical Center - DeWitt, Iowa
Genesis Medical Center, East - Davenport, Iowa
Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park - Davenport, Iowa
Great River Medical Center - Burlington, Iowa
Henry County Health Center - Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Iowa City VA Medical Center - Iowa City, Iowa
Jackson County Regional Health Center - Maquoketa, Iowa
Jefferson County Hospital - Fairfield, Iowa
Keokuk Area Hospital - Keokuk, Iowa
Keokuk County Health Center - Sigourney, Iowa
Knoxville Hospital & Clinics - Knoxville, Iowa
Lucas County Health Center - Chariton, Iowa
Mahaska Health Partnership - Oskaloosa, Iowa
Marengo Memorial Hospital - Marengo, Iowa
Mercy Iowa City - Iowa City, Iowa
Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Mercy Medical Center - Clinton, Iowa
Mercy Medical Center - Dubuque, Iowa
Mercy Medical Center - Dyersville, Iowa
Monroe County Hospital - Albia, Iowa
Ottumwa Regional Health Center - Ottumwa, Iowa
Select Specialty Hospital - Davenport, Iowa
St. Luke‟s Hospital - Cedar Rapids, Iowa (effective Nov. 1, 2010)
Trinity Bettendorf - Bettendorf, Iowa
Trinity Muscatine - Muscatine, Iowa
The Finley Hospital - Dubuque, Iowa
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics* - Iowa City, Iowa
Van Buren County Hospital - Keosauqua, Iowa
Washington County Hospital and Clinics - Washington, Iowa

*primary external supplier of blood products, supplementing the blood program at the DeGowin Blood Center of the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City.


River City Ford is Now Courtesy Ford PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sara Vidoni   
Monday, 20 September 2010 14:49
Courtesy Car City is excited to announce the newest member of the Courtesy family, Courtesy Ford. Formerly known as River City Ford, Courtesy Ford will sell and service a full line of Ford Trucks, SUVs and cars at their new dealership. “We’re very excited to extend the award-winning experience and service of Courtesy in Moline and Kimberly in Davenport to Ford owners throughout the Quad Cities area,” said Dale Zude, President and Managing Partner.

“Our commitment to putting the customer first has helped us earn a 5-star dealer rating at Kimberly Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge, Davenport and the President’s Award at Courtesy Lincoln/Mercury, Moline. And the incomparable car and truck buying and service experience given to every customer helped us earn the #1 Dealership award from the Quad-City Times.” added Mr. Zude.

Courtesy Ford, located on River Drive only five minutes west of the Centennial Bridge, will sell and service the full line of new Ford trucks and SUVs, including America’s best selling truck, the Ford F-150. A complete selection of current and late model Ford Certified Pre-Owned cars and trucks is also available at the new Courtesy Ford. “We are committed to providing Ford customers with a sales and service experience unlike any other.” Says Zude, “When we say ‘Whatever it takes we’ll do it!’, we mean it.”

The new Courtesy Ford will be open 8:30am – 8:00pm Monday and Thursday, 8:30am – 6:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8:00am – 5:00pm on Saturdays.  Service will be available 8:00am – 6:00pm Monday through Friday and 8:00am – 2:00pm on Saturday. Call (563) 326-4011 for sales and service at Courtesy Ford, 3921 West River Drive, Davenport.


Select assortment discount grocer ALDI opens new Moline and Davenport stores Sept. 27 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katherine Davis   
Monday, 20 September 2010 14:30

Grocer keeps it simple - shoppers save big

Dwight, Ill. (Sept. 15, 2010) – Beginning Sept. 27, ALDI will offer grocery shoppers a smarter alternative as the select assortment discount grocer opens its newest stores, located at      4211 Avenue of the Cities in Moline and 1702 Brady St. in Davenport.  Known for its premium ALDI select brands, ALDI is able to offer high quality grocery items at unbeatable prices.

“ALDI is committed to providing our customers with the best products including fresh produce, meats and dairy at the lowest prices,” said Heather Moore, ALDI Dwight division vice president.  "Our customers have found that inexpensive can taste great.  We are thrilled to continue our long-standing partnerships with the cities of Moline and Davenport.”

Customers can expect to find more than 1,400 of the most frequently purchased items sold under its select brands for prices up to 50 percent less than traditional supermarkets.  A model of efficiency, ALDI eliminates overhead costs by offering smart and efficient practices including a cart deposit system where shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart and get the quarter back upon the cart’s return.  Other cost-saving practices include a smaller store footprint, open carton displays and encouraging customers to bring their own shopping bags.

ALDI also saves consumers money by keeping stores open during prime shopping times – typically from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

A grocery retailer that has grown without merger or acquisition, ALDI opened 80 new stores across the United States in 2009 and plans to open 100 stores in 2010.

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Written by Brent McConnell   
Monday, 20 September 2010 13:57

Store offers a wide range of parts, recognized national brands and free services including windshield wiper and battery installation

DAVENPORT, IA (September 14, 2010) – Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, batteries, accessories and maintenance items, today announced it will open its first store in Davenport at 902 W. Kimberly Road, Suite 21 on September 16th.

Company officials said they chose this location for the store because it’s convenient to where their customers live and shop as well as the garages where they take their vehicles for LaCinda Bader is the new General Manager and works with nine other Team Members there.  A 25-year veteran of the automotive and retail sales industries, Mrs. Bader has been with the Advance Auto Parts Team for almost seven years.

The new store offers customers a wide range of parts and recognized national brands as well as several free services. Store Team Members will install windshield wipers for free, and also install batteries following a complimentary check of the vehicle’s electrical system and old battery. The store offers fast parts delivery to local commercial customers, such as professional mechanics and garages. Customers also can drop off used motor oil and batteries for recycling – ensuring that these materials don’t end up in landfills where they could harm the environment.

Vehicle know-how is made easier than ever by Advance helping customers master their machines. The company’s Web site,, offers articles, online videos and audio and video podcasts in the Web site’s “Advance Know-How” section.  “These free automotive know-how tools, and the expert advice the new store’s ten Team Members provide, help customers to keep their wheels turning and their lives on track,” said Paul Braswell, District Manager for Advance Auto Parts. “The right parts at the right price are as important as the right advice and educational tools to finish the job.”

The store is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Other area stores are located at 4114 Avenue of Cities in Moline, IL and 3813 18th Avenue in Rock Island, IL.


About Advance Auto Parts

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. As of July 17, 2010, the Company operated 3,497 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Advance Auto Parts supports a variety of non-profit organizations at the corporate and local levels and encourages its Team Members to become actively involved in various community- based charitable organizations. Nationally, Advance Auto Parts is a strong supporter of United Way and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Since 1994, Advance Auto Parts has raised more than $20 million for JDRF, including a record-breaking campaign in 2009 which raised $3.8 million for diabetes research, making Advance Auto Parts JDRF’s number one corporate partner.

Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts and accessories can be found on the Company’s web site at


Advance Auto Parts
902 W. Kimberly Rd., Ste. 21
Davenport, IA 52806

ALDI opens two new Quad City stores PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katherine Davis   
Monday, 20 September 2010 13:54

Dwight, Ill. (Sept. 13, 2010) – ALDI hosts two open house and grand opening events, Sept. 27.  Join community leaders and ALDI officials welcoming the newest Moline and Davenport ALDI stores. Open house activities include product sampling from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Both stores will also be officially open for business.

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