While healthcare is the lifeblood of the MedQuarter, there’s more to be found in this bustling 55-block district.
Just ask Janel Peplinski, an employee of Republic Abstract & Settlement LLC, one of more than 50 non-healthcare businesses in the MedQ.
“The best part about being located in the MedQ is that there are other businesses here too. It’s not just medical,” said Janel, who moved to Marion, Iowa, from North Dakota in September 2010.
Today, Janel utilizes and enjoys all the benefits the MedQ has to offer — with proximity being No. 1.
“If you have an appointment in the medical district and also are in need of the services from Republic Abstract & Settlement LLC, we are very close by,” Janel said. For example, “I’ve gone to the hospital to do a closing because the client could not leave work at the time.”
When Janel’s husband was in the hospital at Mercy and had appointments at PCI, they appreciated that his care was being met so close to her work. She was able to stop by the office while her husband was being treated.
The local restaurants and coffee shops are another perk of working in the district. For lunch, Janel can grab a bite to eat at several restaurants within walking distance.
Always Something to Do Here
Janel’s boss, Karen Smith, is an active member of the MedQ board and passes on newsletters and emails to her employees to make sure they see what is going on within the district, such as the new Summer in the Q event series.
“It’s a nice way to keep up and an excuse for us to venture out in the MedQ,” Janel said.
In fact, the MedQuarter has something fun for the whole community each month this summer. Summer events include Sunrise Yoga & Coffee in the MedQ Park on 3rd, the MedQ Mile 12-Week Walk Challenge Finale and the MedQuarter’s Celebra8tory Anniversary Lunch, all part of Summer in the Q.
Janel is currently taking part in the MedQ Mile 12-Week Walk Challenge. Participants can enter by snapping a picture of themselves walking the MedQ Mile and posting it to the MedQ Facebook page. Participants can win gift cards to MedQ restaurants and retail locations each week. Join the fun!