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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KEY MESSAGES:

  • The best way to prevent the flu is the influenza vaccine.

  • The best way to lessen complications of the flu is antiviral medication.

  • The best way to prevent the spread of flu is to stay home when ill.

All three strains currently circulating are covered by this year's vaccine - A(H3N2), A(H1N1) and B.

  • Some of the A(H3N2) viruses circulating nationally and in Iowa are a drifted strain.

  • Although the drifted strain is not an exact match, the vaccine should provide partial protection.

Vaccination is still the best defense against the flu. IDPH and the CDC recommend all Iowans older than age 6 months receive the vaccine.

  • Even if you have already had one strain of the flu, you can still get sick with the other two strains of the flu circulating in Iowa so vaccination would still be recommended.

  • It is not too late to be vaccinated. The flu season typically peaks in February and can last until May.

Seasons in which A(H3N2) viruses dominate tend to be more severe, with more hospitalizations and more deaths.

    • Those at highest risk of developing serious complications of the flu include the very young, very old, pregnant women and those with chronic conditions such as heart or lung disease. Beginning antiviral medications early for these individuals is particularly important.

      Antiviral medications are not a substitute for vaccination, but are an important second line of defense to treat the flu.

        • Most effective if started as soon as possible and within 48 hours of the beginning of flu symptoms. (If those with serious illness, those who are hospitalized or those at high risk of complications do not seek medical attention within 48 hours, starting antiviral medications is still recommended.)

        • Call your doctor right away if you develop symptoms of the flu.

        • Antiviral medications make influenza illness milder, shorter, and reduce the risk of ending up in hospital or dying from influenza.
        • Receiving antiviral medications quickly is especially important for those at risk of complications.

       

      The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. The flu comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. Illness typically lasts two to seven days. Influenza may cause severe illness or even death.

       

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DAVENPORT, Iowa - Jan. 21, 2015 -- The Genesis Flu-Free Quad Cities program has already immunized nearly 48,000 children and adults in the region against seasonal influenza since fall and will try to knock flu out of the park on Jan. 31 at Modern Woodmen Park.

Genesis and the Quad Cities River Bandits, a Flu-Free Quad Cities partner, will provide 500 adults flu vaccinations free from 9-11 a.m. in the suite level of Modern Woodmen Park as part of Community Day.

The free flu shots will be part of a morning of family fun and educational activities.

The River Bandits will be hosting a job fair for all seasonal positions and will be auditioning singers to sing the National Anthem at home games during the season.

Genesis will be offering free blood pressure screenings, physical therapy screenings and information about physical therapy services, jump analysis for kids, and a special throwing clinic for young baseball and softball players.

Genesis physical therapist Karl Stratman works with young pitchers, coaches and parents to help prevent injuries from improper technique. The clinic will start at 10 a.m.

Genesis will provide the free flu vaccinations in response to an active and early flu season. The effectiveness of this year's vaccine has been negatively impacted by the "drifting'' of one strain, but there are three other strains present that the vaccine does help protect against.

"Even if the vaccine is only 23 percent effective (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), that is 23 percent better than zero if you don't receive the vaccine,'' said Lisa Caffery, infection control coordinator, Genesis Health System. "Flu shots are still the best way to prevent getting the flu. If you haven't had a flu shot, it is possible to get more than one strain of flu during flu season."

"The flu shot can also make a difference in the length and severity of your flu if you do get any of the strains.''

Later on Jan. 31, the Quad City Mallards will wear special "throwback'' jerseys and those game jerseys will be auctioned after the game to support Flu-Free Quad Cities.

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DAVENPORT, Iowa - Jan. 13, 2015 - The Genesis Health Services Foundation Board has been joined by five new directors.

The newest Genesis Foundation directors elected for a one-, two- or three-year terms are Richard Kleine, retired, Deere & Co.; Elizabeth Richmiller, Pediatric Group Associates; Caitlyn Russell, Russell Construction; Carol Miller, retired educator; and, Scott Florence, Mama Bossos.

New to the Genesis Philanthropy board is Rob Woodall, Alcoa.

The boards of the Genesis Health Services Foundation and Genesis Philanthropy serve on a volunteer basis. The boards are dedicated to improving health in the region by meeting the needs of patients and families.

Board members assist Foundation staff in developing organizational strategy, securing annual and legacy gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations, and planning events to benefit health and wellness-related projects.

In the past year, the foundations have provided free seasonal flu shots to elementary school-aged children; awarded nursing scholarships; provided free lung cancer screenings; funded music and alternative therapies for hospice patients; and, provided online classes to help individuals lose weight and reduce their risk for metabolic syndrome.

To discover how gifts to the Genesis Health Services Foundation and Genesis Philanthropy have an impact on the health of the region, call (563) 421-6865.

FYI: Through Dec. 28th, 2,504 babies had been born at Genesis BirthCenters.

Avery, Olivia and Jackson Top List Of Most Popular Names Of Genesis Babies

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Dec. 30, 2014 - Parents of baby girls born at Genesis BirthCenters broke with the national trend in 2014.

Avery (only No. 15 most popular nationally) and Olivia (No. 3 nationally) shared No. 1 (12 each) as the most popular names for baby girls born at Genesis this year.

Jackson was the No. 1 boys name at Genesis BirthCenters with 19 baby boys going home with that name and was No. 1 nationally in 2014, according to Babycenter.com.

Olivia has become a traditional naming choice in the Quad Cities for baby girls. Olivia was No. 2 last year and No. 1 the previous year.

Avery made the Genesis top 10 previously at No. 8 in 2012.

Jackson has also appeared in the Genesis top 10 lists previously but jumped from not even making the top 10 to No. 1 in one year.

Liam, No. 1 last year as the most popular Genesis boy name, dropped just one spot on the Genesis list and is No. 3 nationally in popularity. Liam may owe some of its continuing popularity to Australian actor Liam Hemsworth and his recurring role as Gale Hawthorne in the film series The Hunger Games. Hemsworth is a star with young fans.

Sophia, which was the most popular girls name three times at Genesis since 2010, fell all the way to a tie for eighth this year but remains the most popular name nationally for baby girls.

The top five most popular girl names at Genesis BirthCenters in 2014 were Avery and Olivia (12 babies); Zoey (11) and Lillian, Evelyn and Mia (10 babies each).

Following Jackson (19) as the five most popular boys name at Genesis in 2014 were Liam (16), Alexander (13) and James and Logan (12 each).

The top five girl names nationally in 2014, according to babycenter.com were Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Ava and Isabella. The top five boy names were a repeat of 2013; Jackson, Aiden, Liam, Lucas, and Noah.

While popularity is nice, a few babies born at Genesis in 2014 will have names they won't be sharing with anyone in their class. Among the less common names given to babies born at Genesis in 2014 were Daleyza (girl); Dezyare, (girl); Khamiyah (girl); Za'Leihna (girl); Abhivadyua (boy); Acecytho (boy); Scoeteriouz (boy); and, Xzayvian (boy).

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).

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2013 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Sophia (19); 2. Olivia (14); 3 tie, Ava, Elizabeth, and Emma (10) 6. tie, Addison, Aubrey, and Mia (9); 9. Ella;10. Charlotte

Most Popular Boys BabyNames In 2013 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Liam (21); 2. tie, Isaac and William (16); 4. tie, Carter, David, and Ethan (15); 7. tie, Aiden and Brayden (12); 9. Mason (11); 10. Logan (9)

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2012 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Olivia (18); 2. Isabella (17); 3. Sophia (14); 4. tie, Ava and Madison (12); 6. tie, Emma (11) and Zoey (11); 8. tie, Avery and Chloe (10); 10. Lily (9).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2012 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Mason (17); 2. Benjamin (14); 3. tie, William, Alexander and Noah (13); 6. Elijah (12); 7. tie, Henry, Anthony, Jayden and Jackson (11).

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2011 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Sophia (22); 2. Ava (17); 3. tie, Addison and Isabella (16); 5. Lily (13); 6. tie, Olivia, Emily and Ella (11); 9. Madison (10); 10. Kylee (9).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2011 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Alexander (17); 2. Elijah (15); 3. tie, Noah and Landon (14); 5. Logan (13); 6. tie, Owen, Aiden, Brayden, Liam (12); 10. tie, Gavin and Jackson (11).

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2010 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Sophia (30); 2. Isabella (23); 3. Emma (22); 4. Ava (20); 5. Addison (18); 6. Ella (17); 7. tie, Madison (14) and Madelyn (14); 9. tie, Lillian (13) and Abigail (13).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2010 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Mason (22); 2. Aiden (17); 3. tie, Alexander (13); Jacob (13); Jayden (13); Luke (13); Zachary (13); 8. tie, Noah, Owen, Caleb, Benjamin, and Carter (12).

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2009 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Isabella (27); 2. Olivia (20); 3. Addison (17); 4. Abigail (16); 5. Ava (15); 6. Grace (14); 7. tie, Emily; Emma and Madison (12); 10. tie, Alexis and Hailey (11).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2009 At Genesis BirthCenters

1. Noah (20); 2. tie, Ethan and Carter (19); 4. Alexander (18); 5. Logan (17); 6. tie, Jacob and Aiden (16); 8. Benjamin (15); 9. Jack (14); 10. William (13).

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2008 At Genesis Birth Centers

1. Addison (21); 2. Hailey (20); 3. Madeline (18); 4. tie, Abigail, Emily and Emma (17); 7. tie, Isabella and Olivia (16); 9. Chloe (15); 10. Ava (12).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2008 At Genesis Birth Center

1. Jaden (25); 2. Aiden (23); 3. tie, Alexander and Noah (21); 5. tie, Kaiden and William (19); 7. tie, Landon and Logan (17); 9. Elijah (16); 10. Benjamin (15).

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2007 At Genesis Birth Centers

1. Ava (22); 2. Olivia (21); 3. tie, Addison and Lily (18); 5. Elizabeth (16); 6. tie, Madeline, Alexis, Sophia, Isabella (14); 10. tie, Emma, Madison (13).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2007 At Genesis Birth Centers

1. Aiden (29); 2. tie, Noah and Jacob (18); 4. Ethan (17); 5. tie Jackson, Tyler, Landon, Gabriel, Benjamin, William and Alexander (Alex) 15.

Most Popular Girls Baby Names In 2006 at Genesis Birth Centers

1. Emma (29); 2. Olivia (20); 3. tie, Ava and Hannah (19); 5. Addison (18); 6. Grace (17); 6. Isabella (16); 7. Abigail (15); 8. tie, Alexis and Lauren (14); 10. Emily (13).

Most Popular Boys Baby Names In 2006 at Genesis Birth Centers

1. Ethan (28); 2. tie, Aiden and Carter (20); 4. tie, Andrew, Logan, Mason and Noah (17); 8. tie, Alexander and Jacob (16); 10. tie, Hunter and Joseph (15).

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DAVENPORT, Iowa - Dec. 19, 2014 - Genesis Health System has become the first Iowa health system to earn a Gold Achievement, the highest level of recognition from the Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence.

Genesis Health System, which had previously earned Bronze and Silver recognition, is one of just three health care organizations to earn Gold Achievement since the Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence began recognition of performance excellence in Iowa organizations in 2000.

Only six Iowa organizations have earned the Gold Achievement level in the history of the state awards.

Genesis is progressing toward a goal of recognition as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner. Baldrige Awards are the highest national recognition for performance excellence and management for organizations.

"We are proud of everyone within Genesis Health System; not because they earned Gold recognition, but because they deserved to earn Gold recognition,'' said Doug Cropper, President and CEO, Genesis Health System. "Genesis has become a better, more patient-focused organization than ever before because of the processes put into place to earn this recognition. It is patients who benefit from this rigorous examination of our processes and efficiency.''

The purpose of the Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence process is to recognize role-model organizations completing a rigorous organizational assessment leading to sustainability and maintaining a future focus on performance excellence.

"The leaders of these organizations have made a commitment to attaining higher levels of performance by receiving feedback from volunteer examiners willing to spend more than 140 hours of assessment time to help build quality and competitiveness in Iowa-based organizations,'' said Gary Nesteby, Executive Director, Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence.

IRPE achievement winners this year were:

Gold - Genesis Health System, Davenport; Mary Greely Medical Center, Ames, Iowa

Silver - Firestone Farm Tires, Des Moines.

Bronze -- Iowa Donor Network, North Liberty, Iowa; Urbandale Community School District, Urbandale, Iowa.

For more information about Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence, go to www.iowaqc.org.

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