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Two Corridor Cities Make Best Places to Live List

Two Corridor cities have made MONEY.com’s annual 100 Best Places to Live in America list. Iowa City topped the list at No. 19, while Cedar Rapids ranked No. 83. Ames and Des Moines also made the list, coming it at No. 35 and No. 62, respectively. Iowa City was cited for its “well-rounded” nature, including… Read more →

MedQuarter Celebrates Accomplishments Over the Last Eight Years

Of the three self-supported municipal improvement districts (or SSMIDs, as we often refer to them) in Cedar Rapids, the MedQuarter was the second to be formed. The Downtown SSMID was formed in 1986 and the Czech Village/New Bohemia SSMID in 2015. The Cedar Rapids City Council officially approved the establishment of the Medical SSMID in… Read more →

Community Gathers to Discuss Child Care Shortage & Determine Solutions

There’s a child care shortage in Iowa. On average, one in two children go without access to affordable, quality child care. Our state has lost 42% of its child care businesses over the past five years. Child care is a family issue, a workforce issue and a community issue. Collaborative efforts are necessary to make… Read more →

More Than Just Healthcare

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… Read more →

Cedar Rapids Named #2 on Livability’s List of 10 Best Home Base Cities

Cedar Rapids was named #2 on Livability’s list of the 10 Best Home Base Cities for Road Trippers. This list highlights 10 cities across the U.S. that offer travel enthusiasts something special. To identify the 10 Best Home Base Cities for Road Trippers, Livability took a look at cities with a relatively affordable cost of… Read more →

Physician-Humanitarian Shares Compassion in MedQ and Beyond

Dr. Kashif Chaudhry, a cardiac electrophysiologist at Mercy Medical Center and a humanitarian, was drawn to the MedQuarter Regional Medical District by a tradition of compassionate care. Dr. Chaudhry, a native of Pakistan, joined the cardiology team at Mercy in August 2018 to treat heart rhythm disorders. He chose Mercy because of “the emphasis on… Read more →

MedQuarter Primed for More Growth in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Over the last decade, the NewBo District and downtown Cedar Rapids have experienced a boom in popularity and growth. The district covers 55 square blocks, and it’s been an official district within Cedar Rapids since 2011.Now some people believe the next area to grow like that will be the MedQuarter Regional… Read more →

Three Sister Organizations Continue Annual Tradition of Spreading Mercy in the Cedar Rapids Community

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (July 11, 2019) – Sister organizations Mount Mercy University, the Catherine McAuley Center and Mercy Medical Center are continuing the tradition of spreading mercy in our community.  Circle the City with Mercy is a one-day community service project with volunteers from each organization coming together on Friday, July 19, near the anniversary… Read more →

Nurse Has Found her Work Home

Namira Romero was still working in Ohio when she applied for a job in the MedQuarter Regional Medical District. She wasn’t quite sure that she wanted to move — until she had the interview. The respect and appreciation she felt made it an easy choice. She accepted an offer from UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s and made… Read more →

Eastern Iowa Sleep Center Moves to PCI Medical Pavilion II

Eastern Iowa Sleep Center (EISC) announced May 3, 2019, it will be moving to the new PCI Medical Pavilion II located at 275 10th Street, SE. The move is tentatively scheduled for January 2020. EISC, a partnership between PCI, Mercy Medical Center, and UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Hospital, and PCI’s Neurology & Sleep Medicine Clinic will co-locate… Read more →