Published on April 21, 2017

Legacy Society Commits to the Future of Health Care


Membership in the Genesis Legacy Society has grown to 293 with the induction of six new members who were recognized recently for their generous commitments to support health care in the region.

The new members are John and Nancy Danico, Robin Korth, Theresa Main, Jon and Ruth Yarian, and Michele Yates, M.D. They were inducted into the Legacy Society April 20 at the 2017 Spring Luncheon at the Larson Center on the campus of Genesis Medical Center, Silvis.

Steve Goebel, senior planned giving officer for the Genesis Foundation, said these individuals represent various constituencies among Genesis donors: community leaders, corporate partners, and Genesis physicians, nurses, executives and staff. All embrace optimism for the future of healthcare in the region and exhibit a compassionate spirit for helping others.

"We are grateful to all of these new members for their generosity,'' Goebel said. “At this annual event we welcome new members, honor all legacy donors, and celebrate the Genesis mission of quality, compassionate health care for all in need.''

Foundation Executive Director Missy Gowey noted that as health care changes rapidly in the United States, there will be a much stronger focus on keeping patients healthy so that they don't need hospitalization or surgeries. Genesis Philanthropy, an outgrowth of the Genesis Foundation, raises monies for population health and wellness.

GMC-Silvis President Theresa Main thanked guests for their generosity and noted that she herself was a recipient of Foundation undergraduate and graduate scholarships while employed with Genesis.

A testimonial was given by Rev. Jon Yarian, coordinator of the Grief Support Cooperative, funded by a generous seed grant from Genesis Philanthropy.  He and his wife, Ruth, were among the day’s inductees. He cited several motivations that prompted their giving, not the least of which was that giving simply feels good and brings joy to the giver.

The Legacy Society recognizes individuals and couples who plan to leave a legacy or future gift through their will or estate planning.  

Here is more about the newest Legacy Society members:

•    John and Nancy Danico established Xenotronics in 1986. Their company maintains electronic security services for numerous Genesis facilities, and they have been long-standing contributors to the Foundation and various Foundation special events.

•    Robin Korth is office receptionist at the Genesis Health Group’s North Family Practice. She has worked for Genesis or its predecessor physician groups for nearly 25 years.

•    Theresa Main, President of GMC-Silvis, and her husband, James, of rural Woodhull, Illinois, have been involved with Genesis throughout her nursing studies and 18-year career at GMC-Silvis as an obstetrics unit nurse, nurse manager, director of nursing operations, chief nursing officer, and now president.

•    Rev. Jon and Ruth Yarian have each made a legacy commitment to Genesis Philanthropy in support of the Grief Support Cooperative, which Jon coordinates.  Jon developed this initiative as an outgrowth of his employment as a Genesis chaplain and hospice bereavement counselor.

•    Michelle Yates, M.D. is an emergency department physician, former member of the Board of Directors for the Genesis Foundation, and a contributor of her exceptional vocal talent for the annual Doctors in Recital Program supporting music therapy.

Legacy gifts can be created easily with wills, trusts, life insurance policies, retirement plans, and other tax-wise giving techniques. All legacy gifts will eventually further the Genesis mission of quality, compassionate health services for all those in need. For more information, contact the Genesis Health Services Foundation at (563) 421-6865, or (309) 281-4392 or go to www.genesishealth.com/give.

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