Community Benefit: Meeting Community Health Needs
Genesis Health System's mission is to provide compassionate, quality health services to all those in need. Genesis lives its mission each day by serving a 17-county region of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois with comprehensive health care services.
Genesis provides over $60 million in charity care and other uncompensated care each year, but also is known as an active leader in the region's health-related activities.
Community Health Needs
About the Quad City Region
The region served by Genesis Health System includes Davenport and Bettendorf (in Iowa) and Rock Island, Moline and East Moline (in Illinois). These cities are the center of the Quad City Metropolitan Area, which has an estimated population of 379,690.
Genesis Health System is one of the region's largest employers, with nearly 5,200 employees. Genesis Health System is the largest employer in Scott County, Iowa.
Community Health Needs Assessment
A Community Health Assessment provides the information so that communities may identify issues of greatest concern and decide to commit resources to those areas, thereby making the greatest possible impact on community health status. This Community Health Assessment will serve as a tool toward reaching three basic goals:
- To improve residents’ health status, increase their life spans, and elevate their overall quality of life. A healthy community is not only one where its residents suffer little from physical and mental illness, but also one where its residents enjoy a high quality of life.
- To reduce the health disparities among residents. By gathering demographic information along with health status and behavior data, it will be possible to identify population segments that are most at-risk for various diseases and injuries. Intervention plans aimed at targeting these individuals may then be developed to combat some of the socio-economic factors which have historically had a negative impact on residents’ health.
- To increase accessibility to preventive services for all community residents. More accessible preventive services will prove beneficial in accomplishing the first goal (improving health status, increasing life spans, and elevating the quality of life), as well as lowering the costs associated with caring for late-stage diseases resulting from a lack of preventive care.
To review the Community Health Needs Assessment, Implementation Plan, and Process and Priorities for Genesis Health System, please click a hospital below.
Genesis Medical Center, Davenport
Genesis Medical Center, Silvis
Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt
Jackson County Regional Health Center
Genesis Flu-Free Quad Cities -- Genesis Flu-Free Quad Cities is a nationally recognized program that provides free seasonal influenza vaccinations for more than 9,000 elementary school children in the region. According to public health experts, each immunized child protects five others around them from the seasonal flu, including higher risk grandparents and infant siblings.
- Screenings -- Genesis Health System schedules dozens of health screenings and immunizations throughout the year at a reduced cost. These include screenings for diabetes, stroke and heart disease and public flu immunization clinics.
- Immunization Reminders -- Genesis Health Group sends out a postcard to patients reminding them about scheduling their recommended screenings and immunizations.
- Outdoor exercise equipment -- Genesis has donated funding for outdoor exercise courses called Genesis Healthbeat in Davenport, IA., Moline, IA., Aledo, Ill., DeWitt, IA and most recently in Eldridge, IA. Find out how Genesis is promoting fitness in Eldridge.
- Let's Move Davenport -- Genesis is a key community partner in developing Let's Move Davenport, a group formed in 2010 to promote health, fitness and good nutrition for children in Davenport. The program includes a number of events in the spring, summer and fall to keep school-age children active. The program was patterned after Let's Move, the national initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama.
- Health Education -- Genesis Health System collaborated with St. Ambrose University to build a health sciences building on the Genesis hospital campus in Davenport. By providing easy access to both classroom and clinical educations on the same site, Genesis health care professionals and St. Ambrose health sciences students are able to advance their educations in a clinical setting. Patients benefit from the care provided by advanced education nurses and technicians. The relationship with St. Ambrose will also attract and develop more skilled nurses to provide the care the region will need into the future.
- Scholarship programs -- Genesis has an extensive scholarship program that provides financial assistance to employees and to high school students headed to college to study a health career. The benefits are three-fold: Employees advance on the career ladder to better opportunities; patients receive care from advanced practice nurses; and, new health care employees are developed.
- Nursing Camp -- Genesis sponsors Genesis Adventures In Nursing (GAIN), a camp for young adults interested in health care careers. Genesis employees serve as mentors and instructors during camp week.
- Camp Genesis -- Genesis and Gilda's Club of the Quad Cities sponsor Camp Genesis, a week at a local YMCA camp for children who are dealing with cancer in their families. Kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy a camp experience because of the financial stress of a close relative fighting cancer are able to enjoy a free camp experience.
- Takin' It to the Streets -- Genesis employees support community outreach programs through a program called "Takin It To The Streets.'' Projects have included primary sponsorship of the builds of two Habitat for Humanity houses (280 volunteers); collection of 18,000 items for domestic violence shelters and Humility of Mary Homeless Shelter; X-Stream Cleanup (85 volunteers), a cleanup project of rivers and streams; and, Adopt a Highway. Employees have used their collective impact and generosity to secure donations for food pantries.
- Boy Scout Merit Badge Day -- Genesis sponsors and hosts a popular annual Boy Scout Merit Badge Day to assist scouts in working toward First Aid and Medicine merit badges. Professional health care providers from Genesis volunteer to instruct the scouts for the day.
- Volunteer Boards -- Genesis executives and employees serve on dozens of volunteer boards throughout the region and have played leadership roles on important projects and initiatives, such as new library construction, homeless shelters, mental health, downtown redevelopment and events and festivals. Genesis employees serve the communities where they live by serving in elected and appointed offices in city and county government.
- Going Green -- Genesis has reduced its environmental footprint on the communities it serves by implementing bulk waste recycling, Polystyrene recycling, reducing Sharps disposal, implementing water runoff measures, reducing water and chemical usage in the medical laundry and building a rooftop green space on a large hospital roof in Davenport. Crescent Laundry, a medical laundry owned by a for-profit entity of Genesis Health System, has been recognized nationally for its conservation methods. Genesis is completing construction of a medical office park in Moline on land that was remediated by Genesis after community use as a landfill site. Green features have been integrated into the site and the design of the building.
- Community Health Issues -- Genesis maintains an active effort to advocate for access to health care in Iowa and Illinois state government and in Washington D.C. Genesis employees participate in a Voter Voice initiative to also advocate on important health issues with city, county, state and national elected officials.
- Enroll Quad Cities -- Among the most recent advocacy efforts was the application for grant funding in Iowa and Illinois to assist uninsured individuals in the region secure health insurance. Genesis projects it will assist as many as 11,000 individuals secure health insurance, in some cases for the first time, in the next year.
- Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure -- Genesis became the founding sponsor of the Komen Quad Cities Race For The Cure in 2011 after being involved as a sponsor since the inception of the event. The event supports a vouchers program for free mammograms from area breast health centers, including the Kenneth H. McKay Center for Breast Health at Genesis.
- Classes -- Each year, Genesis provides the community with dozens of classes and events promoting health and health education. Hundreds of residents in the region served by Genesis learn CPR, First Aid, parenting skills and newborn care by enrolling in classes available.
- Trans-Fat Free -- The Genesis Heart Institute is asking Quad City restaurants to take the pledge to alleviate foods labeled with industrial trans fat or partially hydrogenated oils.
- English As Second Language -- Genesis is providing translation services for all patients that do not speak English. We recently developed a card system to help patients identify if they need translation services.
Watch videos representing the Community Benefit efforts of Genesis Health System.
Community Benefit Reports