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Schilling: Stop Commercial Flights Into and Out of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jon Schweppe   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:05
Schilling speaks out on Ebola outbreakSchilling: "We must protect our population, first and foremost."

Schilling suggests using small, private aircraft to transport CDC technicians, medical experts, and medical supplies

EAST MOLINE, IL -- Former Congressman and Congressional candidate Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) is calling for an immediate halt of commercial air traffic in and out of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the three countries where the Ebola virus is out of control, and any new countries that experience an uncontrolled outbreak.

“I have been constantly amazed by the ineptitude of President Obama and international agencies who keep saying it would be counter-productive to halt flights in and out of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia because there would be no way to get world health experts and medical supplies into and out of those countries,” Schilling said.

"We must protect our population, first and foremost. The answer is to immediately halt commercial air traffic with hundreds of civilian passengers who could then spread the virus all over our country and the world," Schilling continued. "Instead, we should be using U.S. government small planes for Center for Disease Control (CDC) personnel and technicians who can wear masks and hazmat suits on the way out. A small plane with a few experts and medical supplies is infinitely better able to have both the passengers and the plane itself controlled and quarantined upon arrival."

"It absolutely defies common sense why this hasn't been done already," Schilling said.

Schilling noted that neighboring countries Nigeria and Senegal have stamped out their Ebola outbreaks in small part by sealing their borders with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. In this case, the world is like a hospital—those who have deadly contagious diseases are put in isolation until they are out of danger of spreading the disease.  The same needs to be done with countries.  It seems to have been part of the solution for Nigeria and Senegal.  

Nigeria had 20 Ebola cases and eight deaths with 900 people potentially exposed. They got to business with a massive sense of urgency from the beginning with outstanding epidemiological detective work, and they closed their borders with countries where the outbreak was uncontrolled. 

Schilling also said he has heard from numerous doctors and nurses here at home who are alarmed at the very slow progress in developing protocols on what to do if confronted by the need to treat a potential Ebola victim. 

“Our Administration and healthcare leaders need to work around the clock until this vital planning is done because the Ebola virus is already here,” concluded Schilling. 

Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. He has been married to his wife, Christie for 28 years and together they have 10 children. Schilling represented the Illinois 17th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011-2012, serving on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Agriculture Committee, and the House Small Business Committee. Schilling is seeking another term and is running against incumbent Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

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Nominations Open for 100 Great Iowa Nurses of 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cassie Raasch   
Monday, 20 October 2014 11:03

Entering its 11th year, the 100 Great Iowa Nurses program is now accepting nominations  

Iowa City, IA (Oct. 15, 2014) – The 100 Great Iowa Nurses program is excited to announce that nominations are officially open for 2015. Each year, this program recognizes 100 nurses across the state whose courage, competence, and commitment to patients and the nursing profession stands out above all others.

Patients, coworkers, friends, and family members are encouraged to nominate an outstanding nurse for recognition. Nominations are being accepted online at

After undergoing a two-part review process, 100 Great Iowa Nurses are honored each year at a ceremony created for the state of Iowa by nurse and community leaders. On May 3, 2015, the 100 Great Iowa Nurses selected for recognition will gather to be honored at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The celebration is an annual prelude to National Nurses Week, which begins on May 6 and ends on May 12 (the birthday of Florence Nightingale).

Nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of health care, working as nurses in hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, and offices. They come from all practice areas, including acute care, sub-acute care, school nursing, parish nursing, nurse leaders, and academics.

This statewide event belongs to the people of Iowa, and is made possible through the generous support of sponsors. In addition to recognizing 100 Great Iowa Nurses every year, the program also offers scholarship support to nursing students at all levels of education.

Current and future nurses across Iowa are encouraged to apply for available scholarship opportunities to complete or further their nursing education. Scholarship applications can be found at

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

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


Red Cross blood donation opportunities Nov. 1-15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Corey   
Monday, 20 October 2014 10:58
PEORIA, Ill. (Oct. 16, 2014) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a point to give blood before the busy holiday season arrives.

Blood donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day as people become busy with holiday festivities. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to the winter holidays to help prevent these seasonal declines. Donors of all blood types, and especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed now to help maintain a stable blood supply.

Blood donation appointments can be made through the Red Cross Blood Donor App – a faster, more convenient way to schedule and manage donation appointments, especially for donors on the go. The app also allows users to track donation histories, earn rewards and invite others to join them on a lifesaving team. The app is free and available for download in app stores.

Donors may also visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more about the donation process and to make an appointment.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:



11/5/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., West Carroll High School, 500 Cragmoor Drive






11/8/2014: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Prince of Peace Academy Grade School, 312 South 4th Street






11/13/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St John's Vianney Church, 313 S West Street



11/6/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church S Campus Bldg, 302 N. State Street



11/12/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St.



11/10/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Woodhull Alwood High School, 301 East 5th






11/7/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Amboy High School, 11 E. Hawley Street



11/11/2014: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Borg Warner, 1350 Franklin Grove Road


Paw Paw

11/5/2014: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Paw Paw High School, 511 Chapman






11/12/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Genesis Medical Center, 409 N. West 9th Ave.



11/14/2014: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Sherrard High School, 4701 176TH



11/3/2014: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Viola Fire Deparment, 1713 13th Street






11/11/2014: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Christ's Family Church, 4601 Utica Ridge Road






11/11/2014: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street



11/3/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Prophetstown High School, 310 Riverside


Rock Falls

11/2/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Army National Guard, 716 Sixth Ave

11/5/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St.

11/12/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St.

11/15/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St.



11/13/2014: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tampico United Methodist Church, 202 Lincoln Ave.


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Red Cross is supported in part through generous financial donations from the United Way. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


Braley: ‘I’m Greatly Concerned the Administration Did Not Act Fast Enough’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Monday, 20 October 2014 10:44

At hearing on Ebola virus, Congressman stresses need to accelerate vaccine testing, available from Ames, Iowa company

Washington, D.C. – After a second American healthcare worker contracted the Ebola virus, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today at a Congressional hearing sharply questioned the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the failed protocol that led to the new infections and about what can be done to ensure the safety of all Americans moving forward.

“I’m greatly concerned that the Administration did not act fast enough. The Administration needs to be looking at all options available to keep our families safe, and they need to move as quickly and responsibly as possible to make any necessary changes at our airports and hospitals that would prevent this disease from spreading further,” Braley said. “Our number one priority in combating this disease must be the protection of Americans.”

Panelists at today’s hearing of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations included CDC Director Thomas Frieden, Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, Luciana Borio of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Robin Robinson of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), John Wagner of the Department of Homeland Security, and Daniel Varga of Texas Health Resources.

Braley pushed Frieden on what additional steps could be taken in order to prevent those infected with the Ebola virus from entering the country—and how to prevent additional transmission by those already infected.

“We’re looking very closely at what might possibly have happened to result in these two exposures,” Frieden responded.

Braley also questioned panelists concerning NewLink Genetics, of Ames Iowa, which is currently testing an Ebola vaccine that is involved in clinical trials—but are awaiting the finalizing of contracts that could expedite the process of mass manufacturing. Braley urged panelists from the National Institutes of Health and U.S Food and Drug Administration to expedite the process.

“I had an opportunity to talk to two of (NewLink’s) employees yesterday and I know that they are working around the clock trying to help come up with a vaccine,” Braley said.

High quality video of Braley at today’s hearing is available online HERE.


Coast2Coast Rx Card Saves Rock Island County Residents Nearly 6 million on Prescription Costs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alexandra Miller   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:35

Moline, IL– October 14, 2014 – The Coast2Coast Rx Card program has saved $5,844,553.71 dollars since the launch of the Coast2Coast Rx Card discount prescription program in May 2010 with the endorsement of the Rock Island County Board.

The free discount prescription card program provides residents and their families with a number of benefits that produce immediate discounts on prescriptions as well as dental, vision, veterinary and hearing services.  The discount card also offers discounts on various lab and imaging services; diabetes supplies and equipment as well as pet prescriptions.  Not only does the Coast2Coast Rx program facilitate discounts on healthcare resources for Rock Island County residents and their families -- the program provides a royalty of $1.25 per prescription for Rock Island County public programs.

“We are pleased to work with Rock Island County, which prides itself on providing programs that enrich the lives of its residents, in assisting its families with beneficial discounts on health related needs.  It is of utmost importance to the Rock Island County Board and the Coast2Coast Rx program to help those in need of obtaining prescriptions and other health care related services,” said Martin Dettelbach, Chief Marketing Officer of the Coast2Coast Rx program.  He added, “ We look forward to continuing and growing our relationship with Rock Island County and maintaining savings on health services for Rock Island County families.”

The Coast2Coast Rx card allows all consumers, regardless of income, age, or health status to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications.  The program has saved cardholders throughout the nation an average of 60% in 2014 on the cost of prescription drugs. The Rx card is distributed free of charge and may be used at all pharmacy chains and most independent pharmacies in Illinois and includes over 60,000 drugs in its formulary. Anyone in Illinois can download a card of their county or any nearby county to use the card at all chain pharmacies and many independent pharmacies.

To print a free card and start saving on prescriptions, Rock Island County residents should visit or call 1-800-931-8872 to learn more about the discounts offered.

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