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Genesis Joins With MercyOne

Genesis Health System, Davenport

Genesis Health System, based in the Quad Cities, has joined with MercyOne, a statewide health system in Iowa.

The two announced the partnership Wednesday, about seven months after signing a letter of intent to develop what they call a "strategic partnership."

Doug Cropper, Genesis President and CEO, says this will be "very positive for the community."

"This partnership brings more stability to Genesis Health System as part of a larger organization with more resources and national talent. And it helps us both to stabilize, grow, and develop more services for people within this region."

Bob Ritz is President and CEO of MercyOne.

"After today we will be providing care to about 38 per cent of all Iowans and after midnight today we will be touching about 4 million people in our systems and services locations."

Genesis provides health care in 17 counties of eastern Iowa and western Illinois, with a Quad Cities area workforce of more than 5,000.

MercyOne, with clinics, medical centers, and hospitals across Iowa, including Clinton and Dubuque, is a member of Trinity Health, a Michigan-based non-profit Catholic health care system. It has 88 hospitals in 26 states, with a total workforce of about 123,000.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.