News Archive - MedQ


UnityPoint Health Nurses Named 2023 ‘Great Iowa Nurses’

UnityPoint Health is honored to have 50 nurses named to the 2023 Great Iowa Nurses list and 16 are from UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids. Honorees include: Kelli McAfee, Marion; Laura Barner, Springville; Peggy Bragg, Mt. Vernon; Mark Butschi, Robins, Penny Dullea, Swisher; Jordan Hagarty, Cedar Rapids; Paige Holland, Monmouth; Jeremy Gardemann, Independence; Jessica Newsom,… Read more →

Top Baby Names at UnityPoint Health Hospitals in Eastern Iowa for 2022

The name Olivia came out on top as the most popular girl’s name at UnityPoint Health hospitals in Eastern Iowa this year. This list is compiled from baby names at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s, Finley and Allen Hospitals. For the boys – Jack was the number one pick. Top 10 most popular names at… Read more →

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Foundation Receives Grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity to purchase horse riding simulators for Witwer Children’s Therapy

Patients at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Witwer Children’s Therapy (WCT) are benefiting from new equipment, which mimics that of riding a horse. St. Luke’s Foundation received a $17,281 grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity to purchase two MiraColt Horse Riding Simulators for both WCT locations. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic WCT offered hippotherapy,… Read more →

Mercy returns to masking precautions

Due to the increased incidence of influenza, COVID, RSV and other respiratory illnesses in the community, Mercy Medical Center and MercyCare facilities are returning to universal masking precautions. Beginning, Monday, December 19, visitors, patient families, volunteers and Mercy staff members are required to mask at all times while in Mercy facilities. Mercy has temporarily returned… Read more →

St. Luke’s, UnityPoint locations reinstitute mandatory masking policy

St. Luke’s Hospital, along with all UnityPoint clinics and urgent care facilities, has reinstituted a mandatory masking policy for all staff, patients and visitors. The new requirement begins today (Friday, Dec. 9). “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends universal masking in health care facilities when there is high community transmission of COVID-19,… Read more →

Mercy’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center adds new Gynecologic Oncology Clinic

Mercy Cedar Rapids is pleased to announce the addition of Gunjal Garg, MD, FACOG, MSCI, to the new Gynecologic Oncology Clinic at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center. The clinic will be the first of its kind in Cedar Rapids and among only a few others in Iowa. Dr. Garg will begin seeing patients on Mon., Dec.… Read more →

Glow on, Get Festive!

The MedQuarter and Downtown District have ‘thrown the switch’ on this year’s holiday lights and displays for the 2022/2023 holiday season, and added holiday banners along the ‘loop’. The MedQuarter parkway trees along 10th Street from A Avenue NE to 8th Avenue SE, as well as the trees along 1st Avenue east from 10th Street… Read more →

Providing Efficient Care with the Help of a Specialized App

Bedside caregivers on some units at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital have recently begun using Rover, an app from Epic, which is an electric health record software company. Rover empowers these St. Luke’s team members to reduce time spent documenting patient information at a computer and remain at the patient bedside by documenting care… Read more →

Healthcare Community Encourages Respiratory Virus Prevention Measures

Linn County Public Health, Mercy Medical Center and UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital are experiencing an increase in respiratory cases caused by viruses such as Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). In addition, there’s also an uptick in influenza and COVID cases. RSV and influenza have arrived earlier in the season than normal. As medical providers,… Read more →

Mercy acquires additional tool for screening and diagnostic colonoscopies

Mercy Medical Center is now offering screening colonoscopy patients a new technology to aid in the detection of colorectal polyps – the GI GeniusTM intelligent endoscopy module. The GI GeniusTM module uses artificial intelligence (AI) to assist physicians as they screen for colorectal cancer. Mercy is the first hospital in Iowa to acquire this technology.… Read more →