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GENESIS MEDIAL CENTERS AMONG NATION’S HEALTHSTRONG HOSPITALS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 10:38

DAVENPORT, Iowa – March 10, 2015 – Genesis Medical Centers in Davenport and Silvis have been named among the nation’s HEALTHSTRONG Hospitals by iVantage Health Analytics.
The study and announcement of 2015 HEALTHSTRONG Hospitals highlights top-performing hospitals as determined through the Hospital Strength INDEX.  The annual INDEX study is the industry’s most comprehensive rating system of hospitals and the results recognize top-performing hospitals.

Top-performing hospitals are measured across 62 performance metrics, including quality, patient outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency. Information and study findings can be found at www.iVantageINDEX.com.

“Genesis places tremendous emphasis on safety, quality, performance and satisfaction,’’ said Doug Cropper, president and CEO, Genesis Health System.  “This recognition is an affirmation that our efforts are making a difference to the hospital and the patients we serve.“Genesis shares this recognition with our medical staff and every employee who touches the lives of our patients.’’ 

“iVantage seeks to help hospitals meet the demands of the new healthcare environment  by providing a new level of transparency into the internal and external metrics which drive more informed decision making,” said Araby Thornewill, president of iVantage Health Analytics. “As the industry continues to evolve toward value-based delivery models, the Hospital Strength INDEX provides a unique perspective into how hospitals are responding to unprecedented change as well as advancing toward the ultimate goal of higher quality care at lower cost.”

About Genesis Health System
Genesis Health System, its affiliates and partners offer a continuum of health care services for a 12-county region of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Our affiliates include: Acute and tertiary hospital care at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and DeWitt, Iowa and at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis and Genesis Medical Center, Aledo, Ill.; home health and hospice services through Genesis VNA and Hospice; Genesis Workplace Services, including occupational health, employee assistance program and wellness services for employers and their employees; the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House; senior living facilities offering rehabilitation and long-term care; Genesis Health Group, with nearly 200 primary care providers and specialists; the Genesis Quad Cities  Family Practice Residency program; Genesis Psychology Associates; three Convenient Care clinics; and Genesis Home Medical Equipment.  Partners include Genesis Medical Park, Crow Valley and Spring Street Surgical Center, Davenport and Genesis Imaging Centers.  Genesis manages Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, Iowa. Genesis is one of the largest employers in the Quad Cities region with nearly 5,000 employees.  For more information, visit our Web site at www.genesishealth.com.

About iVantage Health Analytics
iVantage is a leading advisory and business analytic services company applying   Accelerated Healthcare Transformation™ and the VantagePoints™ platform to drive sustained, evidence-based results. The company’s unique combination of technology, content, and expert advisory services accelerates decision making for the new healthcare. For more visit, www.ivantagehealth.com.

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AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61 STATEMENT ON MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE LAYOFFS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Jennings   
Monday, 09 March 2015 15:18

DES MOINES – Today, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement about the issuing of layoff notices yesterday at Mt. Pleasant Mental Health Institute:

“These layoffs show the governor is not interested in working with the mental health provider community, legislators, patients and their families, or employees. The governor is proceeding alone, with no real plan for how to provide these needed services once these facilities close.

“This week, legislation (Senate File 402) passed an Iowa Senate committee on a bipartisan basis that, if enacted, would halt the governor’s unilateral actions. The governor should change course and work together with the legislature to put those who need these services first.”

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New House bill lifeline for Illinois patients / Cap the Copay PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bess Featherstone   
Friday, 06 March 2015 08:37

REP. ANDRADE SPONSORS BILL TO PROTECT PATIENTS; MAKE MEDICINE AFFORDABLE

House Bill 3605 aims to cap copayments, critical help for those with chronic diseases

March 4, 2015 -- State Representative Jaime Andrade today announced new legislation that would amend the Illinois Insurance Code to put a pre-deductible cap on the skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs of medications, making vital prescriptions affordable for those who need them. Andrade is joined by 13 co-sponsors from across the state.

House Bill 3605 is a lifeline to patients like James, a 22-year-old hemophiliac living in Palatine, IL, whose medicine can cost $5,000 per dose and up to $40,000 per month. Until his family meets their annual $3,000 deductible through other medical costs, insurance currently will not cover James' costs.

"This bill will allow my family to order James' medicine even before we meet our $3,000 deductible, which can take months," says Theresa, James' mother. "If this legislation passes, my son will no longer wait for his medication as we work to meet our deductible."

House Bill 3605 would cap out-of-pocket costs per prescription, per 30-day supply on a bifurcated approach: medications on silver, gold and platinum plans would be capped at $100 per month and those on bronze plans at $200. These caps would be applied pre-deductible and be inclusive of a patient's annual deductible and out-of-pocket spending limits. All state regulated, fully insured plans and those on the marketplace exchange would be included.

"People living with chronic conditions such as arthritis, epilepsy, HIV and leukemia face lengthy, costly treatments and are often paying 25-50 percent of their medications' costs each month, on top of regular monthly insurance premiums, even with good insurance," said Rep. Andrade. "Who can afford what amounts to an extra month's rent every month? It is wrong and unfair that fully-insured Illinoisans living with serious conditions can't afford the treatments they need. It is time we addressed this issue in Springfield."

A statewide coalition of health organizations, formed in an effort to "Cap the Copay" (www.capthecopay.org), support this bill and its companion in the Senate-Senate Bill 1359, which is sponsored by State Senator Linda Holmes. Members include the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Bleeding Disorders Alliance of Illinois, Caring Ambassadors, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, Illinois Arthritis Foundation, Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization, Illinois Mental Health Summit, Illinois Psychiatric Society, International Myeloma Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Mental Health America of Illinois, MPN Research Foundation, National Patient Advocate Foundation and the National Organization for Rare Disorders.

 

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WACOAL HOSTS FIT FOR THE CURE® EVENT TO HELP FIGHT BREAST CANCER. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Nadaud & Rebekah Margulis   
Thursday, 05 March 2015 09:01

--Free bra fittings to help women look good, and do good--

 

WHAT: Join Wacoal in its mission to help end breast cancer with Fit for the Cure®! Participate in a Fit for the Cure event and receive a complimentary bra fitting from a Wacoal fit specialist. For every woman that participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen® for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased at these events.

For 15 years, Wacoal has swept the nation educating and fitting more than 713,000 women across 411 cities about the importance of bra fit, foundation and overall breast health. To date, through Fit for the Cure, Wacoal has donated over $4 million to Susan G. Komen® and hosts more than 1200 events across America throughout the year.

 

WHY:   Giving back is a major component of Wacoal’s business philosophy, and an important factor in the growth of the brand.  In 2015, Wacoal will reach two major milestones- 30 years of making women look and feel good and 15 years of raising awareness through Fit for the Cure.

 

Research shows that 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong sized bra. Wearing a bra should not have to be even slightly uncomfortable.  Women should be professionally fitted for a bra once a year to ensure their bra size has not changed as a result of natural fluctuations in their body.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women and accounts for just under 30% of all cancers among women.  Conducting monthly breast self-examination is an important way to detect abnormalities at an early stage. Take 15 minutes to meet with a Wacoal fit expert while contributing to an important cause and sign up for a monthly reminder e-mail that could ultimately save your life.

 

 

WHEN: Friday, March 6, 2015

10am – 8pm

Dillards  – Northpark Mall

320 W Kimberly Rd

Davenport, IA

563 – 388 -7354


 
100 Great Iowa Nurses Announces 2015 Honorees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cassie Raasch   
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 14:52

Iowa City, IA (March 2, 2015) – The 100 Great Iowa Nurses program is proud to announce the 2015 honorees have been selected and posted online at http://www.greatnurses.org/honorees-2/. The 100 Great Iowa Nurses award recognizes nurses that have made meaningful, lasting contributions to their patients, colleagues, and the nursing profession, and are viewed as mentors to other nursing professionals. This year’s honorees exemplify all of the principles on which the 100 Great Iowa Nurses Celebration was founded.

On Sunday, May 3, we will celebrate the 100 Great Iowa Nurses at the Iowa Events Center – Grand Ballroom in Des Moines. This is the 11th anniversary of this program. The celebration is an annual prelude to National Nurses Week, which begins on May 6 and ends May 12 (the birthday of Florence Nightingale).

This year, the 100 honorees represent 36 Iowa counties, and were selected from a pool of more than 350 individuals who were nominated by colleagues, patients, doctors, friends, and family members. The field of nominees was narrowed to 100 by a panel of reviewers, including nursing professionals and previous honorees, as well as representatives from the University of Iowa College of Nursing, the Iowa Nurses Association, the Iowa Nurses Foundation, and the Iowa Hospital Association.

Nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of health care, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and school and office nurses. These exemplary nurses are selected based on their concern for humanity, their contribution to the community and to the nursing profession, and their leadership and mentoring. This is a statewide event that belongs to the people of Iowa, and is made possible through the generous support of sponsors. Similar celebrations are held in Louisiana, North Carolina, Nebraska and Texas.

About 100 Great Iowa Nurses

100 Great Iowa Nurses is a nonprofit program that honors great nurses in Iowa, and funds scholarships to support the education of Iowa nurses. Established in 2004, the program recognizes qualities that demonstrate efforts beyond those expected of a nurse within his/her normal duties, such as concern for humanity, significant contribution to the profession, and mentoring. For more information, visit www.greatnurses.org.

CONTACT: Cassie Raasch, Communications and Marketing, 100 Great Iowa Nurses, 319-335-7003, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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