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Health Groups Seek Relaxed Doctor-Note Policies PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 05:18

The health departments of Scott and Rock Island counties along with Trinity Regional Health System and Genesis Health System are asking for the help of businesses and school districts to reduce traffic to doctor offices during flu season. In a memo sent last week to area chambers of commerce and school districts, the health-care organizations asked school districts and employers to temporarily relax their policies and not require a doctor's note prior to returning to school or work. Doctor offices are receiving large numbers of requests for signed forms for patients returning to work and returning to school. These requests bring people to offices for routine visits at a time when many clinics are already seeing larger volumes from those seeking treatment for flu-like symptoms. This not only increases exposure risk for patients but also strains the resources of already busy offices.

 
Hospitals Change Visitation Policies PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 20 October 2009 10:49

Genesis Health System and Trinity Regional Health System have temporarily changed their visitor policies to restrict visitors younger than age 18 from visiting children's and maternal units during flu season. To ensure the safety of patients, only visitors at least 18 years old and without flu symptoms will be allowed to visit Genesis BirthCenters at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport and Genesis Medical Center Illini Campus in Silvis, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Davenport, and the pediatrics units in Davenport and Silvis. Trinity's Pediatrics Unit at its West Campus in Rock Island, and Trinity BirthPlace at its Seventh Street campus in Moline (which includes its Neonatal Special Care Unit) and Terrace Park campus in Bettendorf have enacted the same restriction. Parents younger than 18 will be an exception.

 
H1N1: Despite the Media Frenzy, There’s Little Reason to Panic PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Thursday, 15 October 2009 06:05

If you're torn about how worried to be about the H1N1 flu virus, you're not alone.

Consider: "I think the hysteria of H1N1 concerns me the most." That's Paul M. Bolger, medical director for emergency medicine at Trinity Regional Health System.

"Let's say it's equivalent to a seasonal flu" in terms of symptom severity and mortality, countered Louis M. Katz, the medical director of the Scott County Health Department, an infectious-diseases specialist, and the executive vice president for medical affairs of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. "Multiply 30[,000] or 40,000 [typical annual deaths in the United States from seasonal influenza] times five or six, or three or four, in terms of number of deaths. It's a big deal. It's a huge deal. Both from the standpoint of what we call morbidity and mortality - illness and death - and from the impact on societal operations and infrastructure."

This is a worst-case scenario, right? "No, it's what's going to happen," Katz said.

These aren't really contradictory; they're just different perspectives. But they express the general realities about H1N1 that appear to be in conflict: Our brief experience with this new strain of influenza suggests that its symptoms are generally less severe than the seasonal flu's and that its death rate is comparable, but because there's virtually no immunity in people under 60, it has the potential to affect a greater percentage of the population and cause widespread problems.

 
Rock Island Fitness Center Expanding PDF Print E-mail
City Shorts
Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 07:46

Construction has begun on an addition to the Rock Island Fitness & Activity Center, located at 4303 24th Street. Construction is anticipated to be completed in October 2010.The new gymnasium and classroom space will host youth and adult sport leagues, special events, and school-break, fitness, arts, and special-interest programs. Planning for this expansion has been underway for several years, and more than $1 million has been saved for the project. The majority of the construction will be outside of the current building, so impact to current facility users should be minimal.

 
An In-Between Sort of Place: Poet Ryan Collins Explores the Quad Cities in "Complicated Weather" PDF Print E-mail
Literature
Written by Mike Schulz   
Friday, 09 October 2009 10:41

Ryan Collins"I think everyone has a complex relationship with where they're from," says Ryan Collins, the Moline native currently serving as Quad City Arts' poet-in-residence. "Especially if you've left and come back, which I've done more than once. But the prevailing opinion seems to be that there's nothing to do here. That it's kind of an in-between sort of place, you know?

"We're like a crossroads," he continues. "A place in between places. There's the state capital, the University of Iowa ... . These things are close, but, like, what's here?"

The question of "What's here?" in the Quad Cities is both directly and indirectly addressed in Collins' new chapbook, Complicated Weather. And the answer, as expressed in this thoughtful collection of poems, is as complex as the author's feelings about the area.

 
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