Published on December 12, 2013

Genesis Health System To Invest Nearly $140 Million  Toward Future Of Region’s Healthcare

Genesis Health System announced plans today for $138.5 million in new construction and renovation to Genesis Medical Center, Davenport.

Doug Cropper, president and CEO of Genesis Health System, said the 203,000 square feet of new construction and 115,000 square feet of renovation of Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, Davenport, will position Genesis for technological advances and the changing needs and expectations of patients.

The project is one of the largest single financial investments in the history of the Quad Cities.

“This major project, the largest ever for Genesis Health System, is designed with several goals, including patient safety, quality and service; the use of technology and innovation for high performance and patient outcomes; and, efficient delivery of care,’’ Cropper said.  “When the project is completed late in 2017, Genesis will be positioned to be a leader in a rapidly changing healthcare industry.

“It’s an exciting day for Genesis.  Today is the culmination of years of consideration and planning about how best to respond to changes in healthcare delivery.  We have a plan and a vision and about four years from now, we’ll have a facility able to serve the region for decades to come.’’

Highlights of the project will be the construction of a seven-story tower at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, and renovation and relocation of existing departments, which will be relocated to create space for the new tower.

Within the tower will be 12 new surgical suites, three new floors of inpatient beds – a total of 64 beds now and additional space for 32 beds in the future – and an expanded emergency department.  All surgery at GMC, Davenport will be centralized at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street.

Services remaining at Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park, will include inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; inpatient and outpatient behavioral health; Genesis Cancer Care Institute; Genesis Wound and Hyperbaric Institute; emergency department; sleep disorders; outpatient diagnostic imaging; pharmacy; and, offices and services in the two existing medical office pavilions.

Estes-Dunn, a joint venture, is the construction manager.  Flad Architects of Madison, Wis., is the design firm.  KJWW Engineering of Rock Island is the engineering firm. Conceptual Designs, Inc., Bettendorf, is assisting with interior design. Joye Kuehn of Chubur Consultants, Madison, Wis., is advising Genesis on logistics. 

The project will be an IMPACT project providing jobs for hundreds of skilled laborers from the region for the next four years.

“We know the significance of a project of this scale for Genesis and our patients and community, but we also are excited about what the project will mean to the economy of the Quad Cities,’’ said Wayne Diewald, chief operating officer, Genesis Health System.  “The benefits of this project will ripple through the economy, creating good jobs and stimulating the economy further as workers employed by this project buy houses, cars and necessary goods from local businesses.’’

Diewald said the project is part of the Genesis goal of being recognized as a national leader in quality of care and patient safety.

“Genesis wants to be recognized as the best place to receive care, practice medicine and work,’’ Diewald said.

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