An announcement that came back in September 2022 has been completed. One of the major hospitals in the Quad Cities, Genesis Health Systems, has merged with Iowa-based MercyOne and after today's closings, everything will be switched to MercyOne.

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On Wednesday, a press release from Genesis Health System announced that the Davenport-based health group has completed and finalized joining with MercyOne, a statewide Iowa health system.

The news follows a September announcement that MercyOne and Genesis signed a letter of intent to develop a strategic partnership. With today’s closing, all interests and operations of Davenport, Iowa-based Genesis will become part of MercyOne.

Back in December, Genesis closed its emergency department at the Genesis West campus. Genesis East is the only hospital in Davenport that has an emergency department.

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Doug Cropper, Genesis Health System president, and CEO said,

“As part of MercyOne, Genesis will be able to leverage the skill, talent and scale of national and regional resources while retaining our local leadership and focus. We will deepen our commitment to quality, safety and patient experience and strengthen our workforce retention and recruitment efforts. By joining MercyOne, Genesis will continue our ability to grow, thrive and deliver more integrated care in the region.”

Bob Ritz, president, and chief executive officer at MercyOne said in the release,

“We are excited to welcome Genesis to MercyOne and look forward to shaping a framework to enhance access to personalized, convenient health care across Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Together, we are stronger and will deliver the highest quality care and the best patient experience to all those we serve.”

The Genesis Health System Board of Directors unanimously selected MercyOne as its choice for a partner after an exploration process that began in December 2021, according to the press release.

Genesis Philanthropy and the Genesis Health Services Foundation will continue to serve the Quad-Cities-area communities. Genesis Health Services Foundation will remain a part of the unified health system. Genesis Philanthropy will operate under a new name, the Better Health Foundation, and will be independent of the health system.

Among the commitments made as part of joining MercyOne, Genesis Health System provided the Better Health Foundation with $40 million in funds, ensuring its future as one of the region's preeminent granting organizations. The Better Health Foundation will be fully operational on July 1, 2023.

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There is no word on whether Genesis buildings will take on the name of MercyOne.

Since announcing the letter of intent on September 14, Genesis and MercyOne have taken the necessary steps including regulatory filings to finalize the agreement.

As integration efforts continue, patients can expect the same quality care from the providers they know and trust.

MercyOne is a member of Trinity Health, headquartered in Livonia, Michigan. Trinity Health is one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the country with 88 hospitals across 26 states. Trinity Health is not affiliated with any Iowa-based entities currently using the name “Trinity” or “Trinity Health.”

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