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Genesis, DaVita Kidney Care Announce Joint Venture PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 13:56

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- October 13, 2014 -- Genesis Health System and DaVita Kidney Care today announced they have entered into a joint venture agreement for the continued operation of the Quad Cities’ only hospital campus-based hemodialysis center.

The center provides treatment to patients with kidney failure on an out-patient basis. The agreement calls for patient care services to continue uninterrupted at the recently remodeled and expanded Genesis dialysis center located on the East Rusholme Street campus of Genesis Medical Center, Davenport.

According to Genesis Vice President of Corporate Communications Ken Croken, the decision to enter the joint venture agreement with DaVita Kidney Care was driven largely by the increasing operational complexity and high costs of maintaining a single dialysis center. Specifically, Croken noted that the regulatory demands and technical requirements of hemodialysis have grown more challenging over the years. And, the operation of an independent center in Davenport has become cost-prohibitive because Genesis cannot benefit from the volume discounts on equipment and supplies available to larger, multi-site providers. Moreover, smaller providers cannot provide the highly specialized technical support available within a larger organization focused exclusively on hemodialysis.

“DaVita Kidney Care is a national leader in the innovative care of patients with chronic kidney failure and end-stage renal disease,” Croken said. “Today, DaVita Kidney Care operates or manages more than 2,100 dialysis centers across the U.S. The company’s commitment to quality care and customer service is evidenced by its nearly 170,000 patients nationwide.”

The GHS Board of Directors has determined that DaVita is the right partner to help ensure the stability of this critical patient service in the community. In this way, patients who currently rely on the life-saving care they receive at our state-of-art Genesis out-patient center -- as well as in the hospital – can continue to do so.” Genesis provides nearly 20,000 dialysis treatments annually.

“We are pleased to expand our services in the Quad Cities region and honored to partner with Genesis Health System to provide world-class kidney care,” said Mark Bratland, Divisional Vice President for DaVita Kidney Care. “I want our new patients as well as the Genesis medical staff to know that we are dedicated to provide a smooth transition and to live by our Mission as the Provider, Partner and Employer of Choice.”

About DaVita Kidney Care

DaVita Kidney Care is a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500® company that, through its operating divisions, provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad. A leading provider of dialysis services in the United States, DaVita Kidney Care treats patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita Kidney Care strives to improve patients' quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient health management services. As of June 30, 2014, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,119 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 168,000 patients. The company also operated 84 outpatient dialysis centers located in 10 countries outside the United States. DaVita Kidney Care supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world. The company's leadership development initiatives and social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu. For more information, please visit

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 more than 5,000 employees. For more information, visit our Web site at


Chiropractors replacing Acupuncturists at the Iowa Veteran's Hospitals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by William Terrell, L.Ac., MSOM   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 13:11
We have a big problem that has come to my attention from various sources.  The Veteran's Administration in Iowa has decided to replace the NCCAOM Licensed Acupuncturists with Doctors of Chiropractic that have acupuncture certification. 

There is some confusion around this issue because the National VA has issued a mandate that all VA hospital systems provide Chiropractic and Acupuncture services by 2016.  While this would seem like a great decision for our profession and the VA patients, it seems that both of the VA hospitals in Iowa (Iowa City and Des Moines) have chosen to cut costs and only hire Chiropractors who have certification in acupuncture.  They have posted and closed three job openings for this position , 2 in Iowa City and 1 in Des Moines.  There is no mention of Acupuncture on their website and I have not been able to contact anyone responsible as yet. 

I was told by Laura Christensen and Rob Weingeist that the Iowa City VA has hired one DC with an NCCAOM diplomate and one DC with only 100 hour state certification (the minimum required in Iowa).  In Des Moines, we were told by an acupuncturist who applied for the Job that she was refused an interview because they were only hiring Chiropractors for the position.  This was very distressful to us given the fact that for the last 10+ years, two local Licensed Acupuncturists, Katherine Chuapoco and Brendan Chuapoco were on staff at the DSM VA providing acupuncture.  We had been told that they were ending their contract, but were unaware of their replacement. 

I am sending out this email for the following purposes:

1. To get more communication and information about this situation.
2. To ask our community to lobby the Iowa Veteran's Hospitals to reinstate the NCCAOM Licensed Acupuncturists positions. 
3. To notify the media of this failure of the VA to hire properly trained medical professionals.
Please take this issue very seriously!  Our profession has spent decades gaining respect and medical validity.  When we let other professions to claim to practice acupuncture, we damage the reputation of acupuncture and put the general public at risk of malpractice.

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Written by Caroline Vernon   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:10
Equipment Upgrades Help Affiliate Expand its Programs
DAVENPORT, Iowa (October 9, 2014) – The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Mississippi Valley affiliate (NAMI) has received two grants for equipment upgrades to increase outreach efforts to a six-county area. The Scott County Regional Authority awarded a $3,000grant and the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend awarded $2,500 through its Impact Grant to assist NAMI in purchasing Equipment. The new equipment will aid in its community education and outreach efforts.
NAMI provides free education and support programs to individuals and families living with mental illness. It serves residents within in Muscatine, Clinton, Scott Counties in Iowa and Mercer, Henry, Rock Island Counties in Illinois. NAMI programs are nationally-developed and designed to educate persons about the biology of mental illness, latest research, treatment options, as well as coping and communication skills important for supporting their loved one’s recovery.
About NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley
One in10 children and one in four adults experience a mental health disorder in any given year. Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14. NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This grassroots organizationcomplements the work of mental health professionals by providing support, education and advocacy to individuals and families living with mental illness. NAMI works cooperatively through the Quad Cities Community Mental Health Initiative, serving residents in Muscatine, Clinton, Scott Counties in Iowa and Mercer, Henry, Rock Island Counties in Illinois. Additional information is available at 563-322-8870 or

2nd Annual Worksite Wellness Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Quad City Health Initiative   
Friday, 10 October 2014 16:08
Join Us November 4, 2014!

The Ultimate Bottom Line:
Sustaining Employee Wellness
At this event, participants will:
Learn how a focus on health and healthy workplaces impacts employee productivity and can improve your bottom line.


Discover strategies for engaging employees in wellness and creating a sustainable culture of health in the workplace.

Determine how to measure and evaluate the impact of your wellness programming.
Who should attend?
Human Resources Professionals

Health & Wellness Champions

Senior Organizational Staff & Business Leaders
Elizabeth Plumb
Quad City Health Initiative
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Genesis BirthCenters Train New Parents About Safe Sleep For Babies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:03

New moms at Genesis BirthCenters are discovering a baby's peaceful sleep and peace of mind are attainable. Even for brief moments at the same time.

Since Valentine's Day, babies born at Genesis BirthCenter locations in Davenport and Silvis get a first bath and then are wrapped in a HALO SleepSack wearable blanket. The SleepSack wearable blankets are replacing loose blankets, crib bumpers and stuffed animals in baby sleep spaces.

The idea is to establish a safe, comfortable sleep routine in the hospital with hopes the routine will go home with the baby and parents.

The SleepSacks wearable blankets have a design that swaddles the baby with closeable cloth "wings.'' The baby's arms can be within the blanket or out. A zipper allows easy access for diaper changes.

SleepSacks also allow babies to kick their feet naturally and unrestrained. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute has called SleepSacks "hip healthy."

"It allows the babies to have their feet and legs in a frog kick position rather than having them restrained by blankets,'' explained Genesis Health Group pediatrician Curt McClellan, D.O. "The babies seem to sleep more comfortably and soundly.

"A lot of hospitals across the country are now starting to use these in their birth centers.''

Unexplainable Tragedy

What isn't known scientifically yet is whether the wearable blankets further reduce the tragedy of sudden unexplained death in infants. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, remains a mystery because the condition cannot be explained after an autopsy or a review of the infant's clinical history.

Jenny Atzen, nurse midwife with The Group in Davenport, was a Genesis BirthCenter nurse in 2002 when Elizabeth, her 31/2-month-old daughter, died in the home of a care giver. There was no explanation for the death.

"I still miss her like crazy every day,'' Atzen said. "I was a nurse and it happened to me. If this can happen to me, the message is 'wow, this can happen to anyone.' SIDS doesn't only happen to someone else. It happens to people who think they are doing everything right.''

Atzen said she has never placed any blame on anyone. Elizabeth was sleeping in an adult bed with pillows around her and she was sleeping on her stomach.

"She slept on her stomach at home too,'' Atzen said. "We knew about the recommendations for back to sleep but Elizabeth slept better when she was sleeping on her stomach.

"Unfortunately, this is a very common practice by many parents. We paid the worst possible consequence of not following the recommendations.''

The national "Back To Sleep'' campaign recommends that newborns be placed on their backs to sleep. Since the campaign began in 1994, unexplained infant deaths have decreased by more than 3,500 each year.

"That day changed everything for me,'' Atzen said. "I can talk about it now because I think our experience can help educate others. It's very important to educate everyone about the safe sleep of babies.''

Genesis BirthCenter manager Deb Renner said the transition to SleepSacks at Genesis is part of a national trend. Hospitals across the country are creating safer sleep environments for newborns by using the wearable blankets.

"As a Magnet organization, we are very in tune with best practices and using these wearable blankets is certainly a best practice,'' Renner said. "If we can get new parents to experience the safest sleep practices for the baby in the hospital, it is a good start toward them following best sleep practices for baby at home.

"We would like to think SleepSacks could prevent the tragedy that Jenny experienced. Her experience impacted everyone she worked with because at the time we had a lot of nurses who were having babies. It made us all aware that this could happen to anyone.''

Tips For Safe Sleep

While SIDS is still a mystery in many ways, there are standard recommendations for safe sleep for infants.

  • Babies should have their own sleep space, like a crib or bassinet, not an adult bed

  • Babies should be put on their backs to sleep

  • All toys and bedding should be removed from the baby's sleep space

  • Never dress the baby too warmly for sleep

  • Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby at home, or in a car

Renner said the Genesis BirthCenters would like to be able to send the SleepSacks home with babies but the expense doesn't make that possible at this time.

"We'd love for someone to say, 'this sounds like a very good idea' and make a donation through the Genesis foundation,'' Renner said. "We think this is important enough that every baby should go home from Genesis with a SleepSack.''

Gifts to the Genesis Foundation have an impact on the health of the communities served by Genesis Health System. Find out more by calling (563) 421-6865.


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