DAVENPORT, Iowa - June 16, 2015 -- Genesis Medical Center, Silvis will host a AARP Smart Driver Course on June 30 and July 1 in the Larson Center.

The course helps drivers learn proven safety strategies on how to adapt their driving to compensate for physical and cognitive changes that often develop with aging.  Following completion of the eight-hour course, you may be eligible for a discount from your car insurer.

Classes will be noon-4 p.m. each day.

Since 1979, the AARP Smart Driver course has helped more than 15 million drivers to adjust their driving methods as they age.  The course covers various health and safety strategies to keep you safe while on the road.  Individuals 50 and older are encouraged to attend, but those under that age will not be excluded.

The course is tailored to meet the needs of participants by providing Illinois-specific information that is easy to access and understand.

The course incorporates adult learning principles, and the classroom course guidebook features reader-friendly print, full-color pages, an easy-to-follow format and supplemental course videos.

Course fees are $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. To register, please call (309) 281-5060.

DAVENPORT, Iowa - June 15, 2015 - For the second consecutive year, Genesis Health System is the recipient of an Iowa Healthiest Employers® award.

The award was presented June 12 at the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Conference, held at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.

The Healthiest Employers of Iowa award program, a co-initiative of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Business Record Iowa and Business Record, recognizes companies throughout the state that have committed to creating a healthy workplace for their employees. Genesis was chosen as the Large Employer recipient, and as one of three award winners, for Eastern Iowa.

Finalists were selected from each of three categories: small employer, 2-99 employees; midsize employer, 100-249 employees; and large employer, 250 employees or more. Winners were then chosen from three separate regions through the state: Eastern, Central and Western Iowa.

"Our employees are the core of our success," said Renee Stolmeier, Director of Compensation & Benefits. "Statistics show healthy employees are happier, more productive, less stressed and higher performers. Healthy employees also save the organization money in fewer benefit claims and absenteeism, so we all win."

Genesis has encompassed wellness into its benefits design to promote healthy lifestyles. For the first time this year, employees and their spouses had to have a biometric screening in order to be eligible for Genesis' traditional, benefit-rich insurance plans - a requirement that increased screenings from 70% to 93%. (Those who did not undergo a screening were eligible only for a high-deductible plan with high out-of-pocket costs.) Premium discounts ranging from $45 to $90 per pay period are tied to wellness results.  In addition, the program includes a $20 tobacco surcharge per employee or spouse for each pay period.

Genesis' voluntary wellness program focuses on all aspects of a healthy life, including stress, diet and exercise. Through Genesis insurance, employees and spouses can receive support with the help of several weight-loss programs and diabetes management, smoking cessation and stress-reduction programs. A voluntary WellPower program for employees focuses on making health strides with the opportunity to earn gift cards.

To encourage exercise, Genesis employees can purchase bicycles and exercise equipment at discounted rates and use payroll deduction for their purchases each April.

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DAVENPORT, Iowa - April 23, 2015 -- The Genesis Adventures in Nursing Summer Camp (GAIN) will return July 13-17, 2015 for young people who may be interested in a nursing career. The camp will run from 8:30 a.m.-- noon each day.

Applications for GAIN will be accepted through May 1st. Cost for camp is $150. A limited number of scholarships will be available.

Campers attending the day camp will be introduced to different specialties in healthcare. They will tour the hospital, observe a mock trauma in the emergency department, visit an operating room, visit the simulation lab and learn first aid and CPR.

Applicants who have completed 7th grade through graduation are invited.

To register, call Karyn Hinton at (563) 421-7671.

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DAVENPORT,  Iowa - April 9, 2015 -- 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 2 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.  Dermatologists John Bovenmeyer, M.D., Paula Giudici, M.D., Manish Kumar, M.D., Jill Lightfoot, M.D., Susan Perry, M.D., and Nicole Luszczyk, Physician Assistant, will be conducting the screening.  Appointments are required and should be made by going to http://tinyurl.com/qyburno and continue as a guest.  You may also call (563) 421-1955  and leave a message.

Participants should use the atrium entrance located on the West Central Park Ave. side of the hospital to attend the screening.  All cosmetics on the skin should be removed prior to screening.  Participants may choose to have sun-exposed areas such as arms, legs and the face evaluated, or can receive a full-body screen if they  wear a swim suit under clothing.

The annual free screening is offered by Genesis and dermatologists in the region 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 can be deadly.  This cancer will cause an estimated 13,340 deaths this year.  Melanoma accounts for less than 2% of all skin cancer cases, but the vast 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 examined 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 radium

  • 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.

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DAVENPORT, Iowa - March 10, 2015 - Federally trained health insurance navigators from Genesis Health System are still available to assist those seeking health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act through the special extended enrollment period.

The enrollment period for those seeking health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act was extended for certain individuals who meet specific requirements. The enrollment period lasted from November 15 until February 15. But, for some individuals who meet certain criteria, they may qualify for a special enrollment period that will last until April 30.

"We want to inform the community that, for many, there are still options available to get covered and that we are still here to help," said Jennifer Busch, a health insurance navigator for Genesis. "Obtaining health insurance is a key part of protecting yourself and your family."

In order to qualify for the special enrollment period, an individual must meet three requirements. First, they must not currently be enrolled in coverage through the marketplace for 2015. Second, they must attest that
when they filed their 2014 tax return they paid the penalty for not having coverage in 2014. Lastly, they must attest that they first became aware of, or understood the implications of, the Shared Responsibility Payment after the end of open enrollment in connection with preparing their taxes.

"This is an opportunity for those who didn't fully understand the implications of not having health coverage in 2014, and would like to obtain health coverage for 2015 to avoid paying the penalty," Busch continued. "A
catastrophic injury or illness can devastate a family's finances, so having health coverage is extremely important."

The special enrollment period will begin on March 15 and will last until April 30. During this time, those who meet the criteria can meet with Genesis navigators for assistance in enrollment. As a reminder, those who qualify for Medicaid do not have the requirements of an enrollment period and may enroll in the program at any time.

To contact the Genesis navigators, an email can be sent to enrollment@genesishealth.com. They are also available by calling 563.421.ENRL (3675).

For more information regarding this news release, please contact Austin Bird at 563.421.9276 or birda@genesishealth.com

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DAVENPORT, Iowa - March 10, 2015 -- Westwing Place at Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt, and Illini Restorative Care, Silvis, Ill., have recently earned 5-star overall quality ratings from three ratings sources.

Nursing Home Compare, ratings of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); USA Today and U.S. News all rated Westwing and Illini Restorative Care at five stars, the highest rating available.

Genesis Senior Living, Aledo, earned a 4-star rating from all three sources, which is the highest rating among Mercer County senior facilities.

The overall quality ratings are based upon health inspections, staffing and quality measures.

The Genesis Senior Living facilities maintained their high quality ratings in a year when nearly one third of the nation's nursing homes received lower scores reflecting revised, tougher standards.

"We are proud of the quality of care provided every day to our residents,'' said Glen Roebuck, executive director of post acute services, Genesis Health System. "We try to care for each resident the way we would care for our own family and loved ones and in fact, in communities where are facilities are located, our residents may actually be the family or friend of one of our staff.

"It takes a team of providers who truly care about quality to achieve these top ratings. To be able to earn these ratings on a consistent basis is a tribute to their  skills and compassion.''

Illini Restorative Care, Westwing Place in DeWitt and Genesis Senior Living, Aledo, all give residents quick, convenient access to hospital and health services.  All three facilities are attached to Genesis Medical Center campuses.

"If our residents need laboratory, radiology, a surgical procedure, physicians office or hospitalization, the trip is literally down the hall, not across town in an ambulance,'' Roebuck explained.

Genesis Senior Living also offers independent senior apartments at Crosstown Square, Silvis.

For more information about senior living options at Genesis, go to www.genesishealth.com/seniorliving.

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DAVENPORT, Iowa - Feb. 23, 2015 -- Westwing Place at Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt, and Illini Restorative Care, Silvis, Ill., have earned 5-star overall quality ratings in the latest Nursing Home Compare ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Genesis Senior Living, Aledo, earned a 4-star rating, the highest rating among Mercer County facilities.

Five stars are the highest rating a nursing home can achieve from Nursing Home Compare. The overall quality rating is based upon health inspections, staffing and quality measures.

Westwing Place earned 5 stars in health inspections and quality measures and 4 stars in staffing to achieve the top overall quality rating. Illini Restorative earned 5 stars in staffing, 4 stars in health inspections and 3 stars in quality measures. Genesis Senior Living, Aledo earned 5 stars for quality measures, 4 stars for health inspections and 1 star for staffing.

The Genesis Senior Living facilities maintained their high quality ratings at the same time nearly one third of the nation's nursing homes received lower scores reflecting revised, tougher standards.

"We are proud of the quality of care provided every day to our residents,'' said Glen Roebuck, executive director of post acute services, Genesis Health System. "We try to care for each resident the way we would care for our own family and loved ones and in fact, in communities where are facilities are located, our residents may be the family or friend of one of our staff.

"It takes a team of providers who truly care about quality to achieve these top ratings. To be able to earn these ratings on a consistent basis is a tribute to their skills and compassion.''

For more information about senior living options at Genesis, go to www.genesishealth.com/seniorliving

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DAVENPORT, Iowa - Feb. 4, 2015 -- Genesis Health System is not only hiring nurses, but also has scholarship opportunities for employed nurses who want to further their educations and for college students who are pursuing BSN educations.

The Genesis Health Services Foundation, DeWitt Community Hospital Foundation and Illini Hospital Foundation jointly will award a total of $120,000 in scholarships. Scholarship programs are available not only for college students in nursing programs, but also for employed Genesis nurses who would like to advance their nursing educations.

Deadlines are approaching for applications. Here is more about the nursing scholarship programs available from Genesis:

BSN NURSING SCHOLARSHIP - This scholarship is for full-time college students only. This unique program provides $10,000 scholarships for students who have been accepted into a baccalaureate program in nursing or are seeking admission. It also provides for repayment to be waived once the recipient has completed a period of employment with Genesis. Application Deadline: March 27, 2015.

NURSING DEGREE COMPLETION SCHOLARSHIP - This scholarship is for Genesis Health System employees only. As much as $10,000 will be awarded to Genesis nurses for BSN completion and up to $2,500 to Genesis nurses for MSN completion. Nurse practitioner programs do not qualify for this scholarship. Application Deadline: March 20, 2015.

VIRGINIA L. PILCHER SCHOLARSHIP -- GMC, Davenport, nurses only

Application Deadline: March 27, 2015.

ASSET SCHOLARSHIPS - Applicants can be a child, grandchild or legal dependent of a qualified Genesis employee. Application Deadline: April 1, 2015.

Go to www.genesishealth.com/scholarships for more information and to review eligibility requirements. If you have questions, please email us at scholarships@genesishealth.com.

 

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DAVENPORT, Iowa - Jan. 29, 2015 -- Genesis Health System has entered into a new strategic partnership with Kansas City-based Cerner Corporation to optimize and advance the patient care and enterprise management benefits of the health system's already award-winning information technology solutions and services.

According to Genesis President and CEO Doug Cropper: "This new, more integrated partnership is a natural progression of our 15-year-old relationship with Cerner that has earned Genesis the distinction of being named the only provider in the Quad Cities region and the State of Iowa among the nation's "Most Wired" health care systems each year for more than a decade."

Specifically, the more integrated relationship with Cerner calls for the establishment of a "Value Creation Office." This collaboration will help Genesis innovate and optimize care processes with Cerner, ensuring patients receive the best possible care and the organization earns a greater return on its technology investment. By increasing access to expert Cerner resources in Kansas City, the agreement will enhance Genesis' ability to implement new Cerner applications, which includes application services, help desk operations and optimizing IT service delivery across the health system.

"Genesis entered into this relationship with Cerner due to the growing complexity and higher costs of maintaining these services on an 'in-house', independent basis," Cropper said. "Cerner is widely recognized as a health care IT industry leader, and this opportunity to partner ensures our future as a national leader in the use of these technologies to help meet our patients' needs in the most efficient and effective way possible."

"As the Quad Cities' only locally governed health care provider, Genesis has a unique obligation to balance the demands of our mission of 'compassionate, quality health care services for all those in need' with the growing number of regulatory requirements to improve the quality of care while lowering costs. These challenges have encouraged us to search for creative and innovative solutions that maximize efficiencies," said Cropper. "This agreement with Cerner will enhance our ability to keep pace with change, manage costs and accelerate our position as the leading health care provider in the region."

As part of the agreement, 43 Genesis IT employees will become Cerner associates, effective April 1, 2015. Cerner will transition these associates at their current compensation levels, including recognition of their length of service with Genesis, and provide additional training, resources and professional development. Cerner also provides a highly competitive benefits package.

Mike Nill, Cerner executive vice president and COO, said Cerner has seen Genesis as a "true partner" in advancing health and care in the Quad Cities for more than a decade. "We are very pleased and proud to strengthen our relationship with Genesis through this agreement to help ensure both organizations continue to create value together," Nill said. "By working together right where care is being delivered, we can continue to empower organizations like Genesis to know, manage and engage better in the health of their communities."

ABOUT CERNER: Cerner's health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 14,000 facilities worldwide. Recognized for innovation, Cerner solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients' clinical, financial and operational needs. Cerner's mission is to contribute to the improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, visit cerner.com, read our blog at cerner.com/blog, connect with us on Twitter at twitter.com/cerner and on Facebook at facebook.com/cerner.

Certain trademarks, service marks and logos set forth herein are property of Cerner Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. All other non-Cerner marks are the property of their respective owners.

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Personal Foul ... Excessive Snacking

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Jan. 22, 2015 -- About the time the clock is winding down on the game on Sunday night and you've survived your own Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction -- a popped button, or a loosened belt -- you may have consumed 3,000 calories or more.

Personal foul, excessive snacking.

Topping the year for caloric intake, Super Bowl Sunday can be hard on your waist line and also makes your heart work harder to digest those calories.

To put the traditional Super Bowl gluttony into perspective, here are a few favorites of Super Bowl parties and their approximate calories:

10 cocktail size sausages with barbeque sauce .... 360 calories

10-12 nacho chips with beans, beef, sour cream and cheese ... 600 calories

2 loaded tacos .... 700 calories

6 spicy chicken wings .... 440 calories

2 ounces of chips with dip ... 400 calories

3 light beers .... 330 calories

1 piece of chocolate cake (3 ounces) ... 312 calories

That is how you get to 3,000 calories, or about 1,000 more than are necessary on a daily basis for an adult.

"To burn off that many calories is going to take some work,'' explained Jan Treftz-Allen, Health Promotion Manager, Genesis Health System. ''Biking indoors at a moderate pace burns about 400 calories per hour. Walking at a fast pace is about 350 calories per hour. Cleaning the house burns about 150 calories per hour.

"To burn off all of those 3,000 calories, you'd have to be on the stationary bike for about eight hours.''

But there are ways to limit the excesses of Super Bowl Sunday. Here are some tips from Treftz-Allen to help you score physically and nutritionally at your Super Bowl party:

  • Warm-up like the players before the game. Go for a walk, go to the gym, clean the house. Halftime festivities take 40 minutes or more. That's enough time to burn off 200 or more calories on a treadmill, a bike, or on a fast walk through the neighborhood.

  • Choose some healthier snacks. Make sure you've got vegetables and fresh fruit available (see below).

  • Portion control. Pick the smaller plate and try everything you want, but take smaller portions.

  • Skip the soft drinks and beer and stick with water.

  • Don't "save'' calories. Don't skip breakfast or lunch before the game. You'll be too hungry by the time the first of about 70 beer and snack commercials come on the television and you'll be more likely to make bad food choices.

  • Adjust the recipe. For example, use ground turkey for the chili and tacos. Use low-fat cheese and sour cream. Choose the low-fat dips and chips. Make a vegetable soup instead of chili.

Super Bowl Recipes That Trim Calories from Teresa Pangan, dietitian, Genesis Cancer Care Institute

The recipes below cover sweet, spicy, satisfying, healthy and of course, super delicious. When planning your Super Bowl menu, be sure to include a tray of fresh vegetables for dipping (see dip recipe below) and fresh fruit - no dip required. These stay for hours on the table and are healthier alternatives for those wanting to make healthy choices. Also, salsa (jar or homemade) is a super choice for dipping chips.

Brownies Delish

The secret in these is the black beans. Sounds crazy but it works. No one will know. Serve them and watch them disappear - don't tell anyone. Watch the compliments come in.

Ingredients:

1 (15-oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

¼ cup chocolate chips and some for the top

3 Tbsp. canola oil

3 eggs

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

½ cup unsweetened cocoa

1 tsp. vanilla

½ tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350'F. In blender or food processor, combine the beans, chocolate chips and oil. Blend until smooth. Add the eggs, brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, baking powder and salt. Blend until smooth.

2. Transfer to a 9x9 square baking pan coated with cooking spray.

3. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

4. Sprinkle with extra chocolate chips, if desired and cool on a wire rack. Cut into 8 desert bars or 16 appetizer bars.

Note: If you like cake-like brownies, increase baking powder to 1 Tbsp.

Nutrition Info (per desert bar): 262 cal; 10 g fat (2g sat); 7 g fiber; 8 g protein

 

Red Pepper and Bean Dip

Serve this with a variety of vegetables for dipping (carrots, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, broccoli, and cauliflower.)

Ingredients:

¼ cup chopped fresh basil

2 tsp. balsamic vinegar

1 (16-oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (let sit in colander 10 min to drain well)

1 (7-ounce) bottle roasted red bell peppers, rinsed and drained (let sit in colander 10 min)

3 large garlic cloves minced

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

1. Best if made ahead couple hours to let flavors marinate. Also, if drained red peppers are not dry, pat with paper towel to remove moisture.

2. Place all ingredients in a food processor or powerful blender and blend until smooth.

Nutrition Info (per ¼ cup): 62 cal; 3.5 g fat (0.5g sat); 1.5 g fiber; 1.5 g protein

Molasses-Lime Meatballs

The molasses-lime sauce will have guests headed to the table for more. The bonus of this recipe is that it makes 72 meatballs and the final cooking takes place in a slow cooker.

Ingredients:

1 ½ pounds extra-lean ground beef

8 oz uncooked hot Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed

1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats

1 cup egg substitute, lightly beaten

1 cup finely chopped green onions (8 - including much of the green part)

4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. crushed red pepper

6 Tbsp. molasses

¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp. lime juice

Instructions:

1. Coat 3 ½ or 4 quart slow cooker with cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl combine ground beef, sausage, oats, egg substitute, green onions, Worcestershire sauce and crushed red pepper. Shape mixture into 72 meatballs 2-inches in diameter.

2. Put ½ Tbsp vegetable oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet and use paper towel to spread oil around entire pan. Cook meatballs, one-fourth at a time, over medium heat until brown, turning once. Transfer to prepared cooker.

3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2 ½ hours.

4. In a small bowl whisk together molasses, soy sauce, and lime juice. Pour over meatballs. Toss gently to coat. Serve immediately or keep warm, covered, on warm or low-heat setting for up to 1 hour.

Nutrition Info (per 4 meatballs): 140 cal; 4 g fat (2g sat); 1 g fiber; 14 g protein

Sweet and Spicy Orange-Soy Chicken Wings

This is a great alternative to the traditional buffalo-style wings. These wings have a tangy Asian flavor and are easy to prepare.

Marinade/Glaze:

1 cup sweet orange marmalade

½ cup honey

1/3 cup light soy sauce

1 ½ Tbsp. rice wine vinegar (can substitute with cider vinegar)

3 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger (found in produce section; use peeler to peel outer layer and then a zester or fine grater to grate the 3 Tbsp.)

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. crushed red pepper

Marinade/Glaze:

3 pounds chicken wings, cut in half at center joint

Garnish: sliced scallions and orange wedges

Instructions:

1. Marinade/glaze: whisk ingredients in a medium bowl to blend. Transfer half into a large baggie bag. Add wings to the marinade in the baggie; turn to coat.

2. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, turning bag occasionally. Refrigerate and cover the remaining marinade in the bowl.

3. Chicken wings: heat over to 450'F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil. Put a wire rack in each pan; coat with nonstick spray.

4. Place wings in a single layer on racks (discard baggie and contents). Bake 20 minutes; turning once. Then brush with some of the reserved marinade. Bake an additional 10 minutes, turning once and brushing again, until wings are lightly browned. If you want a charred look, broil 1 to 2 minutes per side.

3. Transfer to a serving platter. Pour remaining marinade into a bowl; serve as a dipping sauce. Garnish serving platter with scallions and orange wedges.

Nutrition Info (1 serving: recipe makes 10 servings): 147 cal; 7.2 g fat (2g sat); 8.5 g protein

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