Genesis Health System

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Genesis Health System
Genesis West in Davenport, Iowa.jpg
Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park is one of the two hospitals in the city of Davenport, Iowa. The other is Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street.
Location Davenport, Iowa, DeWitt, Iowa, Silvis, Illinois, & Aledo, Illinois., United States
Care system Not for Profit Regional Health System
Hospital type Regional size, Full-Service Health Care System
Affiliated university Genesis Quad Cities Family Medicine Residency Program
Emergency department Level II at Davenport and DeWitt. Level II at Genesis Illini in Silvis
Beds 665
Founded 1869
Lists Hospitals in the United States

Genesis Health System is a health system based in Davenport, Iowa that provides health services to a 10-county region of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Genesis Health System operates a hospital with two campuses in the city of Davenport, hospitals in the cities of Silvis, Illinois, DeWitt, Iowa, and Aledo, Illinois. Genesis Health System also manages Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

The President and CEO of Genesis Health System is Douglas Cropper. Genesis is the largest employer in Scott County, Iowa and the third largest in the Quad City area with 4900 employees[1] and 1000 volunteers.


Genesis originally consisted of two hospitals that joined on May 24, 1994, to form the system. The two founding hospitals were Mercy hospital and St. Luke's Hospital, both in Davenport, Iowa. Mercy was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in response to an influenza outbreak in the area in 1869.

Since 1994, Genesis has continued to grow dramatically. Today, Genesis operates a total of five hospitals and manages Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, IA.

Mercy Hospital[edit]

Established by Mother Mary Borromeo Johnson and the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Hospital received its first patient on Dec. 7, 1869. The construction of Mercy marked the third hospital west of the Mississippi River. In 1872, St. Elizabeth's Hospital for the Mentally Ill was opened adjacent to Mercy Hospital. It is this facility that would eventually burn down in 1950, causing the death of 40 patients.

Because of the 1918 flu pandemic, Mercy Hospital was forced to open an extension in Turner Hall in order to accommodate the ill. Come 1924, Mercy Hospital was one of the first hospitals accredited by the American College of Surgeons, a predecessor to The Joint Commission.

Though a new wing was opened at Mercy Hospital in 1932, the original building was later demolished, replaced by an entirely new facility in 1954. The idea to merge Mercy Hospital and St. Luke's was introduced in 1973 but was initially rejected.

Another new Mercy Hospital was constructed 1978, with the construction of medical office buildings following just two years later in 1980. In order to fit the needs of a growing patient population, Mercy Hospital announced plans to expand again in 1987.

In 1993, the boards of St. Luke's and Mercy Hospital agreed to merge. This merger would be completed in 1994.

St. Elizabeth's Fire[edit]

On Jan. 7, 1950, a horrific fire destroyed St. Elizabeth's Hospital for the Mentally Ill, killing 41 individuals, the majority of which were patients. According to most sources, the fire was caused by a patient who lit curtains with a cigarette lighter. Because the building was largely made out of wood and contained no sprinkler systems or fire alarms, the flames quickly spread throughout the facility without restraint.

Now the location of Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park, a small cemetery has been erected in honor of those who died as a result of St. Elizabeth's fire. Sixteen of the 41 victims are buried at the site.

The fire remains as the third deadliest hospital fire in the United States.[2]

St. Luke's Hospital[edit]

Founded in 1893 at the corner of 8th and Main Street in Davenport, St. Luke's Hospital mainly acted as an emergency care facility, allowing Mercy to focus more so on longterm care. In 1914, St. Luke's relocated to East Rusholme Street, the current location of Genesis Medical Center, East Campus.

In 1951 and again in 1964, additions to the new St. Luke's facility were completed.

For more information on St. Luke's Hospital, click here


Genesis Medical Center, Davenport[edit]

Consisting of two different campuses, the East and West locations operate within relation to one another, combining approximately 450 physicians, 3,100 staff members and 1,000 volunteers. Both facilities offer a number of services including emergency room care, physical therapy, and diagnostic imaging. In December 2013, Genesis announced a $138.5 million expansion to add a new hospital tower to its East campus (former St. Luke's) to integrate certain medical services onto one campus. The project is expected to be completed in 2017.[3]

Genesis Medical Center, Silvis[edit]

Genesis Medical Center, Silvis Campus is a 150-bed, full-service, acute care medical center, providing both inpatient and outpatient services while maintaining a level II trauma center. Like the East campus in Davenport, the facility also features a birthing unit.

Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt[edit]

Opened in 1952, DeWitt offers a variety of both inpatient and outpatient services, contrary to the fact that it is considered a rural hospital. In 2012, DeWitt was given the "Summit Award" by Press Ganey Associates, a merit that recnognizes hospitals that have sustained the highest level of customer satisfaction for three or more consecutive years.

Genesis Medical Center, Aledo[edit]

Having joined the health system in 2013, Aledo is a 22-bed, critical access hospital. Because it is the only hospital in the county, the facility offers a number of outpatient and inpatient services, including emergency room care.

Genesis Health Group[edit]

Genesis Health Group is a regional network of physicians and primary care providers who are associated with Genesis Health System. There are over 160 associated physicians and 40 offices within Genesis Health Group, serving a similar area to what is served by Genesis Health System.


  1. ^ Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
  2. ^ NFPA
  3. ^ Quad City Times