TUCSON, Az. - July 21, 2015 - Genesis Medical Center, Silvis has earned the No. 1 ranking of 600 hospitals in the U.S. based on outstanding patient safety and outcomes.

Genesis Medical Center, Silvis earned the top ranking from Midas+ by being at the 99th percentile for hospitals in low readmission rates, core measures, low mortality and average length of stay.

The Silvis hospital also earned a Platinum Quality Award from Midas+ for the fourth time in five years. GMC, Silvis earned the recognition in the category of hospitals with fewer than 100 patients each day.

GMC, Silvis was presented the recognitions recently at the Midas+ annual symposium in Tucson.

Midas+ Solutions recognizes excellence in clinical healthcare. The Platinum Quality Award reflects achievement in quality outcomes, care efficiency, and consistent delivery of evidence-based best practices in healthcare delivery.

"To be the top-ranked of 600 hospitals across the country for patient safety and outstanding outcomes is a testament to the quality of care provided on a daily basis by physicians, nurses and other clinical staff at the hospital,'' said Kevin Youmans, president of Genesis Medical Center, Silvis. "And, Genesis Medical Center, Silvis has consistently maintained a high standard of quality by earning a Platinum Quality Award for the fourth time in five years. "What it means for patients is that they can expect an outstanding level of care delivered consistently at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis.''

Youmans explained that a hospital with fewer than 100 patients per day must be extremely consistent in its quality of care to win the Platinum Quality Award because there is more variation when just one patient doesn't receive the quality of care expected.

Genesis Medical Center, Silvis had a mean percentage score of 81 percent, the highest of the 27 hospitals of all sizes receiving Platinum Quality Awards.

Among the measurements used to determine award winners are acute care readmissions, myocardial infarction care, heart failure care and pneumonia care. Mortality rates and average lengths of stay are also factors.

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DAVENPORT, Iowa - July 15, 2015 -- The health professionals providing patient care at Genesis Medical Center hospitals have education, experience, critical-thinking skills and one more important tool.

They also have nationally recognized information technology available to improve quality and safety of care, resulting in better patient outcomes.

For the 12th consecutive year, Genesis Health System has been named Most Wired by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine based on the use of information technology to accomplish key goals, including safety and quality objectives.

Genesis Health System is the only Iowa hospital or health system to be recognized as Most Wired 12 consecutive years.

Genesis has consistently adopted innovative technologies to accomplish key goals of safety and quality.

In the past year, Genesis has expanded the reach of MyGenesis, a patient portal allowing patients to have convenient access to their health records through a secured website.  No matter where a Genesis patient may be, they have access to their health records, including medication records and records from previous physician appointments and hospitalizations.

The MyGenesis portal for access to the physicians of Genesis Health Group is connected with 16,716 patients.  The MyGenesis portal for access to Genesis Medical Center records had 9,219 connections.

In the coming months, patients connected to MyGenesis will also have access to radiology and pathology documents.

MyGenesis is also available via smart phone.

"Genesis continues to stand well ahead of most health care organizations in the country in its use of technology to benefit our patients,'' said Rob Frieden, Vice President of Information Services, Genesis Health System. "Genesis leadership has been very supportive of the purchase and implementation of new technology benefitting patient care.''

Health Care's Most Wired Survey asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives.  Respondents completed 741 surveys, representing more than 2,200 hospitals, or more than 39 percent of U.S. Hospitals.

According to the survey, hospitals are taking more aggressive privacy and security measures to protect and safeguard patient data. Top growth areas in security among this year's Most Wired organizations include privacy audit systems, provisioning systems, data loss prevention, single sign-on and identity management. The survey also found:

• 96 percent of Most Wired organizations, including Genesis, use intrusion detection systems compared to 85 percent of the all respondents. Privacy audit systems (94 percent) and security incident event management (93 percent) are also widely used.

•79 percent of Most Wired organizations conduct incident response exercises or tabletop tests annually, a high-level estimate of the current potential for success of a cybersecurity incident response plan, compared to 37 percent of all responding hospitals.

•83 percent of Most Wired organizations report that hospital board oversight of risk management and reduction includes cybersecurity risk.

"We continue to move toward a seamless and secure approach to medical records, which makes health care safer, more convenient and less stressful for patients,'' Frieden said.

The nation's Most Wired hospitals and health systems demonstrate better outcomes in patient safety, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures through the use of information technology, according to analysis.

"Our focus is always patient safety and quality of care,'' Frieden said.  "Will the new technology make our patients safer? Will it provide them with a better patient experience?

"And finally, will the new technology also create efficiencies for our caregivers and staff?''

The Most Wired winners are featured in the July edition of Hospitals and Health Networks (H&HN) magazine, the publication of the American Hospital Association.

About Genesis Health System

Genesis Health System, its affiliates and partners offer a full continuum of health care services in a 12-county region of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Our affiliates include : acute and tertiary hospital care at Genesis Medical Centers in Davenport, DeWitt, Iowa, Silvis, Ill., and 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 communities offering rehabilitation and long-term care; Genesis Health Group, with more than 170 primary care physicians and specialists; the Genesis Quad Cities Family Medicine Residency Program; Genesis Psychology Associates; three Convenient Care clinics; and Genesis Home Medical Equipment.  Partners include the Genesis Medical Park, Crow Valley and Spring Street Surgical Center, Davenport. Genesis Health System also manages Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, Iowa.  For more information, visit our Web site at www.genesishealth.com.

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- July 10, 2015 -- Over the years, land at 10th and Gaines Streets in central Davenport has had at least a few names. On the good days it is called Goose Hollow. Other days it is called by a less-affectionate name, and referred to simply as "The Pit."

Until 2001, Goose Hollow was home to the Davenport Central High School tennis teams.  Central needed facilities closer to the school and decided to build courts directly across Harrison Street from the high school.  While the school district continued to maintain the Goose Hollow property for the next decade, liability issues and the burden of maintenance became too much for the district. The City of Davenport acquired the property in 2013.

The city now is working to improve the property.

The first improvement that the city is making is fixing a highly eroded slope on the east side of the property. This slope presents a safety issue to those walking or driving along Gaines Street. To fix this slope, the city will use approved fill consisting of soil, brick, and broken concrete to recreate the slope.

The fill is coming from Genesis Health System, which is working on a $138.5 million expansion and renovation of the hospital campus of 1227 E. Rusholme Street.

According to Ken Croken, Genesis Vice President of Marketing and Community Relations, Genesis will be providing the City of Davenport with 25,000 cubic yards of fill.

"That is enough to fill six-and-a-half Olympic-sized swimming pools,'' Croken said.

Once the slope is completed, it will be topped with clean soil and planted with native vegetation to provide a prairie-style ground cover.

"Genesis is thrilled these materials from the Campus Optimization Project can be recycled and put to such good use for our city and our neighbors," Croken added.

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DAVENPORT, Iowa - June 30, 2015 - Genesis will offer four CarFit® events for older drivers in July and August.

CarFit® is a national educational program offering older adults the opportunity to evaluate how well their personal vehicles "fit" them.  Health professionals work with older drivers and review 12 key areas to ensure they "fit" their vehicle properly for maximum safety.  A CarFit® check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

CarFit® is not a driving test or driving evaluation.

The CarFit® events schedule includes:

July 17 - Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, 801 Illini Drive, Silvis, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

July 24 - Arnold's Automotive, 2500 52nd Ave., Moline, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

August 6 - Church of the Open Door, 816 13th Ave. North, Clinton, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

August 21 - Genesis Medical Center, 1227 East Rusholme Street, Davenport 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Older drivers are statistically among the safest drivers because they're more likely to wear their seatbelts and less likely to speed or drink and drive. However, they are also more likely to be seriously injured in a crash because their bodies are more fragile.

"Older drivers can improve their safety by ensuring their cars are properly adjusted for them," explained Gretchen Cluff, an occupational therapist at Genesis and a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist.  "A proper fit in their car can greatly increase not only the driver's safety but also the safety of others.

"Once seniors arrive for their check, they will be asked basic information and then we will evaluate how they fit in their car. For example, are they sitting too close to the airbag?  Are their mirrors adjusted appropriately to maximize their view?  Is their seat in the best position to reach the brake and gas pedals?

"We can only make recommendations.  We can, however, provide the senior drivers with important information that could increase their driving safety."

Three examples underscore the importance of road safety to the CarFit® program:

  • Knowing how to properly adjust one's mirrors can greatly minimize blind spots for drivers when changing lanes.

  • Good foot positioning on the gas and brake pedals is important. Drivers who reach with their toes to press on the pedals can cause fatigue in their legs and slow reaction time.

  • Drivers run a risk of serious injury if they are sitting closer than 10 inches from the steering wheel.

CarFit® events have shown that more than one-third of seniors had at least one critical safety issue.  One in 10 sat too close to the steering wheel, and 20 percent did not have a line of sight at least 3 inches over the steering wheel.

To reserve a time for an evaluation at the CarFit® event on Friday, call (563) 421-1480.

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Enjoy The Show ... From a Safe Distance

GENESIS SPONSORS RED, WHITE AND BOOM!

DAVENPORT,  Iowa - June 29, 2015 -- In a flash, about 10,000 Americans  will be injured by fireworks while enjoying one of the traditions of Fourth of July celebrations. In 2014, eleven Americans died in fireworks-related incidents.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 60 percent of those injuries are sustained between June 22 and July 22.

David Dierks, D.O., emergency department physician, said the best way to avoid a trip to the emergency department is to leave fireworks displays to the professionals.

Again this year, Genesis Health System is sponsoring the spectacular Red, White and Boom! fireworks display on Saturday, July 4. The show will be bigger and brighter than ever before with more than two tons of fireworks shot from two barges in the Mississippi River.

Prime viewing locations will be Schwiebert Park in Rock Island, the Genesis Family Viewing Area in LeClaire Park in Davenport and Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport.

"The professional fireworks displays are safer, bigger and better than anything we can do in our backyards,'' Dr. Dierks said.  "Even sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees (Fahrenheit) and can be dangerous.  Used improperly, they can cause burns and burn clothing.

"If kids use sparklers, we urge close parental supervision and urge kids to stay in one place and not run with sparklers.''

Sparklers account for 19 percent of the total fireworks-related injuries seen in emergency departments each year.  About one-quarter of all fireworks-related injuries are sustained by children nine years old and younger.

Firecrackers, illegal for use in Iowa and Illinois, account for about 20 percent of injuries.

Dierks said that people in the Quad Cities are listening to the messages about fireworks safety.  Genesis Medical Center has had very few hospital admissions related to fireworks injuries in recent years.  There is a similar trend of fewer fireworks injuries being reported across the country.

"Fireworks accidents happen, however, we have fewer injuries locally than in many other areas,'' Dierks said. "I think this is due, in part, because of the high quality of our local professional fireworks displays.

"Thousands of people in the Quad Cities attend these public shows and these shows have safety records that are outstanding.  Most  injuries locally happen when people use fireworks at home.''

Dierks said the most disturbing statistic is that children under age 15 account for about 35 percent of the injuries.

"A child will tell parents, 'I can do it myself, I don't need help.'  Often the child can't do it themselves and there are injuries,'' Dierks said.  "Those injuries can be severe.

"One of the reasons we continue to see fireworks injuries, some of them severe or fatal, is that people don't recognize how dangerous these devices can be.  Children often lack the physical coordination to handle any fireworks safely.  Even with a sparkler, they can fall and suffer burns.''

Here are recommendations from Genesis and from the U.S. Consumer Produc Safety Commission to prevent fireworks injuries at home:

  • Make sure the fireworks you want to buy are legal in your area before buying or using them.

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 1,800 degrees?hot enough to melt some metals.

  • Do not buy fireworks that are packaged in brown paper, which is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays.

  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.

  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move away from them quickly.

  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device to prevent a trash fire.

  • Light fireworks outdoors in areas clear of houses, dry leaves, grass or flammable materials.

  • Do not smoke while handling fireworks.

  • Ignite fireworks only smooth, flat surfaces.

  • Don't place fireworks in containers before lighting.

  • Alcohol and fireworks are a dangerous combination.

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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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