DAVENPORT, Iowa -- May 9, 2012 -- CoolSculpting®, an innovative technology that freezes away unwanted fat, is now available at Genesis Plastic Surgery Specialists, making the medical practice the first in the region to offer this breakthrough in non-invasive fat reduction.

"CoolSculpting is an exciting new approach that is non-invasive and has shown significant results in clinical studies for removing fat without the potential risks and downtime of invasive procedures," said Anne Cramer, M.D., who is in practice with John Searles, M.D. "We have found the procedure to be extremely effective, especially on resistant, localized areas such as back fat, love handles and the isolated belly fat. CoolSculpting is comfortable and patients are highly satisfied."

Cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CoolSculpting cools unwanted fat cells in the body, thereby inducing a natural, controlled elimination of fat cells. Based on science developed by the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass., this breakthrough is based on thorough research that demonstrates fat cells are more susceptible to cold and are selectively, painlessly and permanently destroyed. Starting several weeks after the procedure, cooled fat cells begin a process called "apoptosis" and begin to shrink and disappear. The body proceeds to naturally and gradually eliminate the cooled fat cells, reducing the thickness of the fat layer.

Unlike many other methods of fat reduction, CoolSculpting involves no needles, surgery or long periods of recovery. During the procedure, a non-invasive applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling to the treatment area, specifically targeting fat. Treatments last one hour. Some patients will benefit from a repeat procedure to the area.

On average, each CoolSculpting procedure results in an undeniable reduction of fat in the treated area, and patients can start to see results as soon as three weeks following treatment, with the most dramatic results occurring over a period of two to four months in most patients.

Surgeons Dr. Anne Cramer and Dr. John Searles provide board-certified services in breast surgery, body contouring, liposuction, face and eyelid surgery and post-bariatric plastic surgery. They also specialize in breast reconstruction after cancer, skin cancer and burn care.

Genesis Plastic Surgery Specialists is located at 5335 Eastern Ave., Davenport. For more information, call (563) 323-0026 or For information about CoolSculpting, go to


DAVENPORT, Iowa -- May 4, 2012 -- Steve Kuttler only needed to buy one raffle ticket to experience the golf trip of the lifetime at the 2011 Lexus Champions for Charity National Championship at Pebble Beach.

Kuttler had previously only driven past the famed Pebble Beach Golf Resorts along the coast of California.

"That was enough. It wasn't even on my 'Bucket List' of things I wanted to do. I thought it was out of my range,'' said the Davenport Central High School teacher and golf coach. "It wasn't even my dream.''

A lucky draw at the 2011 Genesis Pro-Am Challenge changed all of that.

Kuttler purchased one $50 ticket for the raffle to play in the Lexus Champions For Charity National Championship tournament. The trip was donated by Lujack Lexus of Quad Cities, a tournament sponsor of the Genesis Pro-Am Challenge. Kuttler didn't think much about winning; not with just one ticket.

"Our daughter, Anne, is a nursing student at Luther College and she was one of the recipients of a $10,000 grant through the Genesis nursing scholarship program,'' Steve explained. "Everyone had been so kind to our daughter, and it was fun having her speak at the reception.

"We thought that we should spend $50 on a ticket for the raffle and we had the $50 that day.''

The one raffle ticket the Kuttlers had purchased was drawn as the winner. Steve and his son, Ben, a former high school golfer at Davenport West High School, played the Pebble Beach courses in the Lexus event last December.

Lujack Lexus of Quad Cities is again sponsoring the raffle to win the all-expenses paid 54-hole tournament. Only 300 tickets will be sold at $50 each or 3 tickets for $100 for the chance at the golf package valued at more than $8,000.

The ticket drawing for the package will be held on Aug. 20 at the annual Genesis Pro-Am Challenge. The Pro-Am will be held on three courses - Crow Valley Golf Club, Oakwood Country Club and Short Hills Country Club. Lujack Lexus of Quad Cities and Quad City Bank & Trust are tournament sponsors.

There will be a 11:30 a.m. shotgun start at each course and a $250 entry fee to play, which includes lunch, course refreshments, cart and greens fees, an entry gift and heavy hors d'oeuvres during the Awards Reception at each course. There will be a golf professional playing in each foursome.

Proceeds from the raffle and tournament help provide nursing scholarships for future and current Genesis nurses. For information, or to purchase tickets for the raffle, call (563) 421-6861.


DAVENPORT, Iowa - April 20, 2012 -- The most common form of cancer also
is one of the most treatable and preventable, but if left untreated, skin cancer can
be deadly.

May is National Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and
Quad Cities residents are being urged to take advantage of a free skin cancer
screening. The screening will be held from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 at
the Genesis Cancer Care Institute, located at Genesis Medical Center, 1401 West
Central Park Ave.

The screening is for people who have not previously had a screening for
skin cancer. Appointments are required and can be made by going to and clicking on screenings. You may also call
(563) 421-8667  and leave a message.

Participants should use the Atrium entrance located on the Central Park Ave. side of
the hospital to attend the screening.

The annual free screening is offered by Genesis to increase public awareness about
malignant melanoma and other skin cancers. Malignant melanoma is the most
serious form of skin cancer. Once malignant melanoma has spread to other parts
of the body, the cancer is often deadly. It is estimated that there will be 76,250
new cases of melanoma this year and melanoma will cause nearly 9,200 deaths.

While the incidence of many common cancers is falling and survival rates are rising,
the incidence of melanoma continues to increase at a rate faster than any of the
seven most common cancers. Melanoma accounts for about 5 percent of skin
cancer cases, but it causes a majority of skin cancer deaths.

Skin cancers are highly curable if detected and treat in the earliest stages.
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2 -- Genesis Offers Free Skin Cancer Screening

It is important for patients to recognize changes on their skin and
skin assessed on a regular basis by their health care provider.

If you have any of the following symptoms, tell your doctor:
• Any change on the skin, especially in the size or color of a mole or other
darkly pigmented growth or spot, or a new growth.
• Scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or change in the appearance of a bump or nodule
• The spread of pigmentation beyond its border, such as dark coloring that
spreads past the edge of a mole or mark
• A change in sensation, itchiness, tenderness, or pain

Risk factors for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers include :
• Unprotected and/or excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation
• Fair complexion
• Occupational exposures to coal tar, pitch, creosote, arsenic compounds, or
• Family history
• Multiple or atypical moles
• Severe sunburns as a child
The best ways to lower the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer are to avoid intense
sunlight for long periods of time and to practice sun safety. You can continue to
exercise and enjoy the outdoors while practicing sun safety at the same time.

All cosmetics on the skin should be removed prior to the screening. Participants
may choose to have sun-exposed areas such as arms, legs and the face evaluated,
or can receive a full-body screen for which they should wear a bathing suit under


DAVENPORT, Iowa -- April 17, 2012 -- Three Genesis Health System events in May to recognize National Skin Cancer Awareness Month will reach both kids and adults with a sun-sensible message.

On Monday, May 7, Genesis will be handing out kid-friendly skin cancer prevention information and packets of sunscreen to young fans attending the Quad City River Bandits game at 11 a.m. against Peoria at Modern Woodmen Park. Several thousand school kids from the area are expected to attend the game.

Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus sports reporter Daniel Makarewicz, a cancer survivor, is sponsoring the sunscreen packets for the River Bandits game. Makarewicz, who covers the River Bandits for the Dispatch and Argus, raised money for cancer awareness at a raffle he organized.

Makarewicz will help distribute sunscreen packets at the game on May 7.

"As a survivor of cancer, I understand that there is a lot all of us can do to avoid many cancers, including skin cancer,'' Makarewicz said. "One of the lifestyle changes we can make is to limit our exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and from tanning beds.

"Being sun sensible is a great message for kids to learn early because damage to our skin from the sun is cumulative over time."

On Saturday, May 19, Genesis will host its annual free skin cancer screening from 8-10 a.m. at the Genesis Cancer Care Institute, located at Genesis Medical Center, 1401 West Central Park Ave.

The screening is for people who have not previously had a screening for skin cancer. Appointments are required and should be made by going to and events/screenings/skin cancer screening. Select the preferred time slot, then click on the blue "Sign In & Register'' button, or you may "Continue As A Guest."

On Sunday, May 20, Genesis will provide sun screen and information to fans attending the Clinton LumberKings game against the Quad City River Bandits at 2 p.m. at Ashford University Field in Clinton.

"With many cancers, the number of new diagnoses are falling and survival rates are rising but melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, continues to rise in numbers and it is a cancer that is often preventable by our personal behavior,''
explained Kim Turner, research nurse, Genesis Cancer Care Institute. "That is why it is so important to practice sun sense not only in May, but throughout the year.

"The primary risk for developing skin cancer is overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays."

It is estimated that there will be 76,250 new cases of melanoma this year U.S. and melanoma will cause 9,200 deaths. Melanoma accounts for about five percent of skin cancer cases, but is the cause of the majority of skin cancer deaths.

Skin cancers are highly curable if detected and treated in the earliest stages. It is important for patients to recognize changes on their skin and to have their skin assessed on a regular basis by their health care provider.

Risk factors for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers include :

• Unprotected and/or excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation
• Fair complexion
• Occupational exposures to coal tar, pitch, creosote, arsenic compounds, or radium
• Family history
• Multiple or atypical moles
• Severe sunburns as a child

For more information about all cancers go to

Leaders of Genesis Health System in the Quad Cities and University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City today announced Monday they are caring for area children in a joint pediatric specialty clinic located in Bettendorf.

"University of Iowa Children's Hospital is committed to creating a system of care for children, connecting families with specialty services, family resources, community providers, support services, and electronic medical records," said Jean Robillard, M.D., UI vice president for medical affairs. "Our goal is to collaborate with local providers to improve the health of children and families at home, in school, and in the community."

The services being offered include Pediatric Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Genetics, Nephrology, Neuromuscular, Surgery, and Child Health Specialty Clinics for children with special needs. The specialists are in Suite 500 at the Genesis Health Group offices located at 865 Lincoln Road in Bettendorf.

Genesis and the University of Iowa have a successful history of collaboration to serve the health care needs of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Highly skilled UI Children's Hospital neonatal intensive care physicians care for sick and at-risk babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, Davenport, on a full-time basis.

Vickie Pyevich, M.D, a clinical associate professor in the UI Department of Pediatrics, also provides pediatric cardiology care and treats children diagnosed with lipid disorders on the Genesis East campus.

In addition, Riad Rahhal, M.D. and Judith Heckman, P.A.-C. see patients twice per month in a special pediatric gastroenterology clinic in the Center for Digestive Health, Gastroenterology Associates P.C., located at 2222 53rd Avenue in Bettendorf.

"This relationship will provide UI Children's Hospital care close to home in collaboration with their own trusted providers," said Doug Cropper, president and CEO, Genesis Health System. "Patients and families will have access to highly specialized pediatric care without leaving the Quad Cities.

"This is an exciting partnership and an opportunity for Genesis to join with one of the nation's top children's hospitals. And, of course, our youngest patients will benefit from the relationship."

"Our specialists provide pediatric specialty care to communities throughout the state in collaboration with local providers," explained Thomas Scholz, M.D. interim head of the UI Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief, UI Children's Hospital. "Relationships with local providers not only improve access to pediatric specialty care for children and their families, but also lead to better health outcomes and lower medical costs."

Children who require additional care, or more urgent consultation, will receive care at UI Children's Hospital in Iowa City. To schedule an appointment, call 1-877-891-5350.

CONTACTS: Craig Cooper, 563-421-9263,, Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,


Temple Grandin, a prominent author and speaker with autism, has
been featured by TIME magazine as one of 100 people who most affect our
world. She has appeared on "60 Minutes" and was the subject of an award-
winning HBO movie.

Now she is coming to Davenport in April - Autism Awareness Month -
- to share her insights about autism, a challenging communication disorder
that impacts thousands of individuals, their families, teachers, classmates
and others in the Quad-City region.

Temple will speak April 19 at The RiverCenter in Davenport from
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. She'll describe the challenges she has faced and provide
practical ideas on how others living with autism can meet these obstacles
and improve the quality of their lives. A free will offering will be accepted.

Temple's talk is part of the Anti-Stigma Speaker Series that the Vera
French Foundation developed in 2008 to bring to the Quad-City community
nationally recognized personalities who address mental health issues. The
goal of the Anti-Stigma series is to educate and inform people and shine a
light of understanding on those dealing with mental health issues.

An estimated 4,000 people in the Quad-City region have autism, says
Tom Crane, president of the Autism Society of the Quad Cities and parent of
an adult son with autism.

No one is more articulate in explaining some of the mysteries of
autism than Temple, who at age two was unable to speak and showed signs
of severe autism. Many hours of speech therapy, and intensive teaching
enabled her to learn speech. She endured constant teasing as a teenager
because of unusual behavior, but her high school science teacher and an
aunt who lived on a ranch motivated the young woman to pursue a career as
a scientist and livestock equipment designer.

Awarded a Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois
in 1989, Temple serves as a professor at Colorado State University. She
conducts research while teaching courses on livestock handling and facility
design. Her book, "Animals in Translation" was a New York Times bestseller.
Other popular books she has authored include "Thinking in Pictures,
Emergence Labeled Autistic," "Animals Make us Human," and "The Way I See
It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's."

Temple has received numerous awards for her work and is a past
member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America. She
lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with
autism. Articles and interviews about Temple have appeared in the New York
Times, People, TIME, "National Public Radio," "20/20," "The View" and the

Sponsors of Temple's presentation are Genesis Health System, Scott
County Regional Authority, Autism Society of the Quad Cities, Quad-City
Times, Cumulus Quad Cities, Radish, Vera French Foundation Speakers
Committee, and the Putnam Museum, which will show a free screening of
HBO's "Temple Grandin" April 12 at 7 p.m. For a complete schedule of
Autism Awareness Month activities, visit


DAVENPORT, Iowa - Nov. 3, 2011 -- The Genesis Remembrance Trees in Davenport and Clinton will celebrate the memories of loved ones and focus attention on the continuing need of hospice care in the region.

The Genesis Remembrance Tree in Davenport will be lit in a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Bechtel Park at River Drive and Iowa Street. The Genesis Remembrance Tree at 612 North 2nd Street in Clinton will be lit in a ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Both ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m.

Special guest performers this year at the Davenport tree lighting will be the 50-member Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church in Davenport.

Individual "light" sponsors are invited to make a donation in any amount in the name of a loved one. All proceeds will benefit Genesis Hospice Care.

Genesis will maintain a Book of Names throughout the holiday season. This book is dedicated to the memory of family and friends. Names and donations received will help light the tree and will be included in the 2011 Book Of Names.

Genesis Hospice is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team to assist in managing symptoms, as well as enhancing quality of life. The common goal of all services is to provide the patient and family with comfort.

For information about how to honor the memory of a loved one, call (563) 421-6865 or go to and click on the Remembrance Tree link.


The annual Mayors' Hunger Luncheon will be held at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Golden Leaf Banquet and Convention Center in Davenport.   The mayors of the Quad Cities will serve a simple lunch of bread and hearty soup. The message of the event is "We eat simply so that others may simply eat.''

Since 1992, In From the Cold, with the assistance of the United Way of the Quad Cities Area, has distributed more than $300,000 to fund agencies which assist the hungry and homeless.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the luncheon and contribute. Tickets are $20 per person; tables for 10 cost $175.  For more information, go to or call (563) 421-4343.

In From the Cold recently announced the 2011 grant awards. In From the Cold distributed $2,500 to Community Health Care, Inc.; $2,000 to Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc.; $1,600 to Project NOW,  Inc.;  $1,500 to Winnie's Place shelter for women and children; $800 to Vera French Community Mental Health Center; and $600 to the Hunger Ministry of Churches United of the QCA.


Twice As Many Child Pedestrians Are Killed While Walking on Halloween

Quad Cities - Safe Kids Quad Cities shares the newest research report on Halloween safety to Quad Cities area; a key finding showing that only one third of parents talk to their children annually about Halloween safety. This is a first-of-its kind study on Halloween-safety, which was commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct a poll of 935 parents with children ages 12 and younger to assess their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to Halloween safety.

"Given children's limited attention spans, repeated and consistent messages about safe behaviors are key to preventing injuries," says Keene Hart. "By following the basic safety tips provided by Safe Kids, Halloween can be a fun and safe night for children of all ages."

On average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year. On this potentially dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians, Safe Kids Quad Cities strongly recommends that parents prepare children to behave safely and for drivers to take extra precautions.

While most of the parent participants in the study have talked to their children about Halloween safety at some point, many have not made it an annual conversation. Safe Kids Quad Cities urges parents to engage in repeated discussions with each child, every year to reinforce safety messages and safe behaviors because of the risks they face on Halloween.

According to the study, 40 percent of parents allow their child to use one or more unsafe item on Halloween such as a mask, loosing fitting clothing, and / or a sharp object - any of which could contribute to falls, burns or pedestrian injuries. These are preventable hazards that could be avoided by following Safe Kids Quad Cities safety tips.

Another key finding of this report shows twelve percent of children five years of age or younger are permitted to trick-or-treat alone. Not only should these young children be accompanied by an adult, but it is also recommended by Safe Kids that no child under 12 years of age spend Halloween night navigating the streets unsupervised. This recommendation was made to protect children who often lack the maturity and cognitive ability to make appropriate decisions to accurately judge speeds and distance.

"It is alarming to hear that children ages five years and younger are trick-or-treating without adult supervision," added Keene Hart. "If they are old enough and mature enough to trick-or-treat without an adult, parents should make sure children go out in groups and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting."

In preparation for Halloween, Safe Kids Quad Cities will team up with Walk This Way program sponsor FedEx to provide kids with reflective materials to promote visibility, including zipper tags that can be attached to costumes and trick-or-treat bags, as well as important safety information to children, parents, and drivers. The Halloween study was made possible through funding provided by FedEx.

To ensure a safer celebration of Halloween, Safe Kids Quad Cities and FedEx recommend the following tips to parents and caregivers:

Trick-or-Treating Safety:

  • Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult.

  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, choose light colored costumes that fit properly and avoid carrying sticks, swords, or other sharp objects.

  • Check treats for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them. Candy should be thrown away if the wrapper is faded, torn, or unwrapped.

What Drivers Need to Know:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

  • Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on early in the day so you can spot children from greater distances.

  • Remember that costumes can limit children's visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle.

  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

SILVIS, Ill. -- Sept. 21, 2011 -- Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus has been named one of the nation's top-performing hospitals in key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditation agency of health care organizations in the United States.

This is the first time The Joint Commission has listed hospitals that are top performers in its annual report on quality and safety. The 405 organizations in 45 states that were identified as top performers represent approximately 14 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals.

Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus was recognized for achieving excellence in performance in heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care in 2010.

Illini was the only hospital in the Quad Cities to receive recognition from The Joint Commission.

"Excellent care is something all patients expect and deserve. Recognition from The Joint Commission sends a strong message to our patients that Genesis Medical Center, Illini is performing at the top of the nation with outstanding patient outcomes," said Flo Spyrow, President, Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus. "We have made a commitment to quality patient care, patient safety and excellence in patient service and are pleased to be named to the list of top performers by The Joint Commission."A core team of providers at Illini, led by Spyrow, have met weekly over the past year to review patient outcomes, analyze process, collaborate with physicians, and GMC Illini Receives National Recognition For Patient Care ultimately, to continually improve the care delivered to Illini patients.

"The Joint Commission is an independent, highly objective agency of quality for health care organizations. Their recognition is significant to our organization and to our patients,'' Spyrow said. "This is a tribute to Illini staff and the hard work they do each and every day."
The top performers list is based on performance related to 22 accountability measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children's asthma care. The recognition program is based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to be the best treatments.

"Today, the public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and The Joint Commission is shining a light on the top-performing hospitals that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality of care,'' said Mark Chassin, M.D., President of The Joint Commission. "Hospitals that commit themselves to accreditation-related quality improvement efforts create better outcomes for patients and, ultimately, a healthier nation."

For information about quality of care and patient safety at Genesis Health System, go to

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long-term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care centers. Learn more about The Joint Commission at