People of the MedQ

A Journey from Despair to Renewed Hope

Janet Leonard has lived with Type 2 diabetes for nearly 15 years, but in the spring of 2018, she thought her time was coming to an end. Janet was morbidly obese and battled with shortness of breath just walking from room to room. She gave up on life. Janet stopped driving to Dubuque to see… Read more →

Student Gets an Insider’s View with MedQ Internships

Katie Jensen, a senior at Kennedy High School, has always had a particular interest in working in health care. The big issue? She had no idea which branch of medicine or what medical profession to choose. Luckily, internships in the MedQuarter Regional Medical District provided the insight and guidance she was seeking. Continuous Learning at… Read more →

Keeping It in the Family in the MedQ

Lisa Young, an operating room supervisor, didn’t decide she wanted to be a nurse until after high school. Her mom, Jean Hachey, an anesthesia nurse for the OR team at St. Luke’s Hospital, encouraged Lisa to pursue a career in the medical field. Her mother, a nurse for 35 years, has been a positive influence… Read more →

Making Big Moves in the MedQ

Drs. Eric and Amanda Griggs had dreamed of being part of something bigger. They wanted to provide great chiropractic care, engage with local businesses and support their local community. They found it in the MedQuarter. The two doctors made the move from Colby, Kansas, to Cedar Rapids in January 2019 and purchased Chiropractic Health Care… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Coordinated Care Makes the Difference

A hallmark of the MedQuarter Regional Medical District is finding all the care you need in one place. More than that, you can count on our providers to work together to meet patient healthcare needs. Mike Hessenius of Cedar Rapids knows firsthand the benefit of the MedQ’s coordinated care. Mike has always been an active… Read more →

MedQ: An Easy Choice for Cancer Care

Jenny Haverly of Anamosa had her first mammogram in September 2016. The screening revealed a suspicious area on her right side. It was Stage 1 invasive lobular breast cancer. “Receiving that diagnosis was devastating. It stops you in your tracks, drops you to your knees and takes your breath away,” Jenny said. Jenny chose the… Read more →

Facing a Tough Diagnosis

David Cahalan, a retired junior high educator now living in Williamsburg, just knew something was a little off with his sore throat. It was August 2018. David visited a walk-in clinic and was told his sore throat was just allergies, but he knew it had to be something else. He’d never had allergies before. David… Read more →