150 Spirit Week - Genesis Health System

Spirit Week

Celebrate Spirit Week for Genesis 150th Anniversary

It has been a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of Genesis Health System, with more fun to come as the official anniversary day approaches. December 1-7 has been declared Spirit Week across Genesis and will culminate on December 7 to mark the day in 1869 the Sisters of Mercy opened Mercy Hospital. The rest is Genesis history.

During Genesis Spirit Week, show your pride, build camaraderie, and celebrate our mission and the incredible work accomplished by Genesis colleagues over the past 150 years.

How will we celebrate Spirit Week? You decide! Plan festivities in your own department to show your spirit and pride. All we ask is that you send photos and captions of your Spirit Week celebrations, so we can share the "Genesis Spirit" on our social media pages with all our friends in the community. Fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Spirit Week (December 1-7) ideas include:

  • Plan a potluck: Host a department potluck or plan one with another department in the spirit of sharing and interacting with others.
  • Thank a volunteer: Organize some time to write cards thanking Genesis volunteers for all they do. Email them to Nancy Adams at AdamsN@genesishealth.com or send interoffice mail to East Volunteer Services for distribution across the health system. Note: Please indicate if you want your cards sent to a specific location.
  • Collect food or money for a food drive: Appoint someone on your team to deliver to River Bend Foodbank, 4010 Kimmel Drive, Davenport, Iowa.
  • Chili cook-off: Get several team members to create and enter their award-winning chili for a cook-off. Invite your department and others to pay $5, and vote for a winner. Take the donations to your charity of choice. Consider supporting a Genesis Foundation project by going to https://www.genesishealth.com/employeesgive
  • Donate to the Mission Team's Sweat Pants Drive: Consider donating NEW sweatpants, especially sizes Large, XL, XXL and XXXL.
  • Fun sock day: Everyone wear your favorite fun socks for a great photo op!
  • Hold an ice cream social:  Bring an assortment of ice cream flavors, syrups, and toppings, and invite friends from another department.
  • Create a holiday card or ornament for a patient: Each team member can commit to writing a holiday card to a patient or give an ornament. Sample message: May the good wishes and warm thoughts from all of us who care about you send a little cheer into your world and help you to feel better. Happy Holidays from the Genesis Family.
  • Deliver random acts of kindness to your co-workers.
  • Give out 150 "hallway high-fives" during the week to celebrate 150 years.
  • Think of your own unique idea to celebrate Spirit Week.

150th Anniversary News Conference

At 10 a.m. December 6, Genesis will host a news conference at the East Campus History Wall, across from the cafeteria. Led by President & CEO Doug Cropper, the event will celebrate 150 years of Genesis achievements and give a glimpse of our exciting future. You’re invited to attend and celebrate with us.Make Genesis Spirit Week a grand finale to our year of celebration! Thanks for all you do to deliver our mission each day.


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