DAVENPORT, Iowa – Jan. 18, 2016 – Midwest Cardiovascular Research Foundation and Genesis Medical Center, Davenport will host the Heart Failure Summit 2016 on Feb. 25.


BETTENDORF, Iowa – Dec. 30, 2015 -- Genesis Physical Therapy and Wellness will host an Open House on Jan. 9 from 1-3 p.m. with seminars and door prizes.


DAVENPORT, Iowa - Dec. 29, 2015 - Olivia, Ava and Isaac top the list of the most popular names of babies born at Genesis BirthCenters in 2015.

Parents naming girl babies born at Genesis were in sync with national trends. There were 14 baby girls who went home from Genesis BirthCenters with the name Ava, which was No. 4 in popularity nationally, and the same number going home with the name Olivia, which was No. 3 nationally.

A total of 17 baby boys born at Genesis were named Isaac.  Isaac was well back at No. 31 on the national list of popular boys names. Oliver and Liam were the next most popular names for Genesis boy babies with 11 each.

Liam continued to be among the most popular names for boys born at Genesis and was No. 3 nationally.

Olivia has become a traditional naming favorite at Genesis. In the past four years Olivia was No. 1 three times (2015, 2014, 2012) at Genesis and No. 2 in 2013.

Ava didn't make the Genesis top 10 last year but tied for third in 2013 and tied for fourth in 2012.

Isaac last appeared in the Genesis top 10 - tied for second - in 2013.  Isaac  was not in the Genesis top 10 list for boy names in 2014.

Sophia remains No. 1 nationally for baby girl names. This year there were 10 Sophias born at Genesis for No. 6 on the Genesis list.

The top five girl names nationally in 2015, according to babycenter.com were Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Ava and Mia. The top five boy names for the third straight year were Jackson, Aiden, Liam, Lucas and Noah.

There was one interesting regional cultural influence on parents naming new baby boys this year. There were six boys named Kinnick  born at the Genesis BirthCenter in Davenport.  No boys named Kinnick were born at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis.

Nile Kinnick was the University of Iowa's only Heisman Trophy winner (1939) and the university's football stadium is named for Kinnick. The success of the Hawkeyes on the field this season may have inspired some parents. The 12-1 Hawkeyes will play in the Rose Bowl on Friday.

A few babies born at Genesis in 2015 will have names they are unlikely to share with anyone in their schools.  Among the less common names given to babies born at Genesis in 2015 were Aarpjo (girl); Acyionnah (girl); Olajunece (girl); Zymire (boy); Zaroyee (boy) and Aarav (boy).

Genesis BirthCenters have tracked popular birth names since 2006.

More than 2,400 babies were born in 2015 at the Genesis BirthCenters in Davenport and Silvis.

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2015 at Genesis BirthCenters

1. Tie, Ava and Olivia (14); 3. tie, Evelyn, Harper, Emma (12); 6. Lillian (11); 7. Sophia (10); 8. Natalie (9); 9. tie, Amelia, Lucy and Scarlett (8).

                                                                                    Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2015 at Genesis BirthCenters

1. Isaac 17; 2. tie, Oliver and Liam (11); 4. tie, Levi, William, Jack, Michael (10); 8. Tie, Owen, Grayson, Alexander, Benjamin, Bentley and Maxwell (9).

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2014 at Genesis BirthCenters

1. Tie, Avery and Olivia (12); 3. Zoey (11); 4. tie, Lillian, Evelyn and Mia (10); 7. Isabella (9); 8. tie, Nora, Gabriella, Sophia and Harper (8).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2014 at Genesis BirthCenters

1. Jackson (19); 2. Liam (16); 3. Alexander (13); 4. tie, James and Logan (12); 6. tie, Gabriel, Dylan, Jacob, Elijah, Henry and David (11).

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Dec. 14, 2015 - Genesis Medical Center, Davenport has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.

This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.  This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing.

Genesis Medical Center Davenport previously attained Magnet® designation in 2005 and 2010.

"Magnet® recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community," said Jackie Anhalt, vice president of patient services and chief nursing executive, Genesis Health System.  "To earn Magnet® recognition twice previously was a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our achievement of this credential for an additional four years underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drives our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the healthcare needs of the people we serve."

Magnet® recognition has become the gold standard for nursing excellence and is taken into consideration when the public judges healthcare organizations. In fact, U.S. News & World Report's annual showcase of "America's Best Hospitals" includes Magnet® recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

To achieve initial Magnet® recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. The process begins with the submission of an electronic application, followed by written documentation demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes.  If scores from the written documentation fall within a range of excellence, an on-site visit will occur to thoroughly assess the applicant.  After this rigorous onsite review process, the Commission on Magnet® will review the completed appraisal report and vote to determine whether Magnet recognition will be granted.

An organization seeking to reapply for Magnet® recognition must provide documented evidence of how Magnet concepts, performance, and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since the hospital received its most recent recognition.

In particular, the Magnet® model is designed to provide a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes.  Through this framework, ANCC can assess applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization's nursing excellence.  The foundation of this model is composed of various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care.  These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

Magnet® recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as:

• Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information;

• Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue;

• Higher job satisfaction among nurses;

• And, lower nurse reports of intentions to leave position.

"We're a better institution today because of the Magnet® recognition we achieved four years ago," Anhalt added. "Magnet® has raised the bar for patient care and inspired every member of our team to achieve excellence every day. It is this commitment to providing our community with high quality care that helped us become a Magnet® facility, and it's why we continue to serve as a Magnet hospital today."

Genesis Medical Center, Davenport is in a select group of 378 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations to earn Magnet® designation.

Genesis Medical Center, Davenport was initially designated a Magnet® hospital in 2005. Hospitals must reapply for Magnet® recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet® concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality.

About Genesis Medical Center, Davenport

For nearly 150 years Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and its predecessors have provided compassionate, quality care to all those in need in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. Genesis Medical Center, Davenport provides comprehensive acute care and outpatient services. Genesis Medical Center, Davenport has been recognized at the top-ranked community hospital in Iowa twice - 2014 and 2015 -- by U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.


DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Nov. 24, 2015 -- Thanksgiving means parades, football and overindulgence.

We become conquerors of calories, warriors of the wishbone, special forces of the stuffing.

It has been estimated that we may consume more than 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving.  If we do, we'll know it because our bodies will inform us with  bloating, sluggishness and if we are lucky, a nap.

You don't even have to eat excessively large portions to hit 2,500 calories for the big meal of the day.  Add leftovers later and you can approach or top 4,500 calories.

"The holiday has a tradition of excess that makes us uncomfortable  when we could be enjoying the day with friends and family,'' said Jan Treftz-Allen, manager of health promotions, Genesis Health System. "With a few adjustments, we're going to take in hundreds of fewer calories, we'll feel better physically and we'll have less regret about how we stuffed ourselves.''

Here are tips from Genesis to help you handle the day more comfortably and actively:

* Don't skip breakfast to "save'' calories for lunch.  Eat breakfast and you may not be as hungry when you sit down for the feast.

* Get some exercise. Go for a long walk on the treadmill while you are watching the parades. Go for a bike ride after breakfast or after the big meal.  Take kids and grandkids outside to play.

* Use smaller plates.  There is evidence that indicates people who use smaller plates consume fewer calories.

* Avoid alcohol. These empty calories will only make you feel more tired and possibly less hospitable with guests.

* Skip the extras like the butter, gravy and whipped cream.

* Socialize.  If you are talking during the big meal, you will be digesting the meal more efficiently and you won't feel like eating as much.  Put down the fork and take a break, however you might avoid politics as a topic of discussion.

* Explore what is available and only eat your favorites.  No one will insist that you have some of the "special recipe'' passed down through generations.

If you feel your eating and weight are out of control, the Genesis Center for Weight Management has surgical and non-surgical options for weight loss provided by a team of experts.  For information, go to www.genesishealth.com/bariatric or call (563) 421-8361.


The blanket of white may be attractive from the inside, but eventually the snow must be moved.  Heavy snowfall is not an invitation to suddenly start a strenuous exercise program.

An estimated 1,200 people in the United States die each year of coronary artery disease during and after major snowfalls.

Moving heavy snow can also place additional stress and strain on backs and joints.

Shoveling can be made even more physically strenuous by cold air, which makes it harder to work and breathe. "People need to recognize that snow shoveling is a strenuous cardiovascular workout and they need to be cautious," said David Dierks, D.O., Genesis emergency department physician.

To prevent injury while clearing show, Dr. Dierks suggests the following tips:

Warm up first -- Be sure your muscles are warm before you start shoveling. Warm up a little by walking, doing a few squats or walking stairs a few times. Cold, tight muscles are more likely to sprain or strain than warm, relaxed muscles.

Warmed up your muscles? Then stretch -- "Once your muscles are warmed up, you'll want to stretch your quadriceps, hamstrings and the muscles in your calves and lower back,'' Dr. Dierks said.

To stretch your quadriceps (the muscle in the front of the thigh), stand on one foot, holding onto something stable and bend the other leg behind you. Bring your heel toward your butt with your hand. Repeat with the other leg.

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Nov. 17, 2015 - Genesis Medical Center, Silvis and Genesis Medical Center, Davenport are being recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.®

The achievement demonstrates that the Genesis Medical Centers have a commitment to provide evidence-based care the right way and at the right time.

As Top Performers in The Joint Commission's 2015 annual report, Genesis Medical Centers will be recognized in "America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety" annual report. The hospitals will also be recognized on The Joint Commission website and, and on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website.

Of the more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States, only 1,043 achieved the 2014 Top Performer distinction and Genesis has two of them.

"Genesis Health System has made it the top priority of the organization to improve patient outcomes using evidence-based care measures,'' said Doug Cropper, president and CEO, Genesis Health System. "To have two Genesis hospital campuses earn this recognition is a tribute to the knowledge, skills, team concept and dedication of our staff who provide high quality patient care every day.''

Genesis Medical Center, Silvis was recognized as a Top Performer in the care of heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and care of venous thromboembolism. Genesis Medical Center, Silvis was the only Rock Island County hospital earning Top Performer recognition.

Genesis Medical Center, Davenport was recognized as a Top Performer in the care of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical patients and perinatal care.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the changes of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions.

To be a Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 cases;

And, have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.



DAVENPORT, Iowa - Nov. 13, 2015 -- The Iowa Department of Management and Public Health is pleased to announce that the Scott County Kids Nest of Scott County has earned the Iowa Family Support Credential.  The Scott County Kids Nest program is the 70th Iowa program to earn this important distinction.

Also, the Bright Beginnings program of Scott County has been re-credentialed by earning the Iowa Family Support Credential.  The program is only the third in Iowa to be re-credentialed.

The Iowa Family Support Credential is awarded to family support and parent education programs that are validated through an external evaluation to be in substantial adherence to the Iowa Family Support Standards.

The Iowa Family Support Standards are based on the most up-to-date, evidence- based practice in the family support field.  Adherence to the standards indicates that the program is providing high quality services that will result in positive outcomes for young children and their families.

Bright Beginnings and the Scott County Kids Nest diligently worked toward meeting all of the 138 standards over the course of more than two years with the assistance of a program specialist.  A peer review was conducted by trained peers from central Iowa to validate the program's adherence to the standards.  The Iowa Family Support Credential is valid for five years.

The two programs will celebrate the accreditations on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Genesis VNA and Hospice, 2894 AAA Court, Suite 202, Bettendorf.

For additional information concerning the Scott County Kids Nest program, Genesis VNA and Hospice, Scott County contact Tera Weets, Scott County Kids Nest, 563-421-5070 or send email to weetst@genesishealth.com.

About Bright Beginnings Home Visitation Program:

Genesis VNA Bright Beginnings  Home Visitation Program provides family support and education services to pregnant and parenting families with children through age 5 years residing in Scott, Clinton or Jackson counties.  Goals include helping families establish a relationship with a primary physician, encouraging immunizations for children, preventing abuse of children; and, helping families achieve self reliance.

About Scott County Kids Nest Group Education Program:

Genesis VNA Scott County Kids' Nest Group Education Program provides family support and education services to pregnant and parenting families with children in first 13 months in Scott County.  Goals include increased numbers of healthy births by increasing the number of at-risk pregnant women who receive adequate care and services during pregnancy; increase confidence and competence in parenting abilities; and, increase healthy informal support systems of families.


DAVENPORT, Iowa - Nov. 12, 2015 -- Genesis will provide visitors with an interactive, educational experience about the respiratory system to raise awareness about smoking on Thursday, Nov. 19 for the annual Great American Smokeout.

From 8 a.m.-3 p.m. visitors will be able to step inside the inflatable human lung model, learn about the various structures and normal lung functions, observe examples of lung trauma and disease, and view displays explaining some of the latest respiratory medical treatments.The MEGA Lung is approximately 12 feet high by 15 feet wide by 10 feet long.

The MEGA Lung showcases common defects, current respiratory treatment options, and healthy and diseased lung tissue related to Asthma, Bronchitis, Lung cancer, Pulmonary embolism, Pneumonia, and Emphysema.

From 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Genesis will also be providing free lung function screenings. There will also be information about low-dose CT scans for smokers who qualify, and information about smoking cessation available from Genesis.

There will be a prize wheel for visitors who have the correct answer to a question about cancer prevention and screening.

The event will be held in the atrium of Pavilion I, Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park, in Davenport.

Wendy Ballou RN, Cancer Nurse Navigator for the Genesis Cancer Care Institute, said the free pulmonary function screening will provide patients with an important baseline of their breathing function.  Individuals being screened will be asked to breathe into a mouthpiece that measures function.

"The test is not only for smokers, but it is especially important for smokers or former smokers to have a baseline like this,'' Ballou said. "This type of test is a way to determine whether there is an abnormal breathing function.  Quite often, it is a cigarette smoker who suffers loss of lung function, and cigarette smoking is the most important risk factor in developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.''

The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop using tobacco and raises awareness of effective methods for quitting. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in five Americans, or 17.8%, smoke. By gender, 20.5 percent of American males and 15.3 percent of females smoke.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for more than 440,000 deaths, or one of every five deaths, in the United States each year.


DAVENPORT, Iowa - Nov. 6, 2015 - The holidays are a special time for family gatherings and remembering those who have passed.  The Genesis Remembrance Tree in Davenport will celebrate the memories of loved ones and focus attention on the continuing need for access to quality hospice care in the region.

The Genesis Remembrance Tree in Davenport will be lit in a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 13 starting at 6 p.m. in Bechtel Park at River Drive and Iowa Street. This will be the 12th annual lighting of the Remembrance Tree.

Special guest performers this year will be the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensemble Youth Choir.

Individual "light" sponsors are invited to make a donation of $10 in memory of loved ones. All proceeds will benefit Genesis Hospice Care.

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 www.genesishealth.com/tree.