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People of the MedQ

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital to Unveil Public Art for Healthy Hearts

Caring for hearts has been a focus at St. Luke’s since 1978 when the hospital’s open heart surgery program began. Since then, St. Luke’s has built a legacy as Cedar Rapids’ Heart Hospital treating more heart patients than any other hospital in Cedar Rapids and performing the most advanced heart procedures locally. In advance of… Read more →

Sleep Problems Left Her a Little Choked Up

Madelyn Olson is breathing easier these days, but there were years where she was losing sleep over her medical condition. She just didn’t know exactly what it was. What she did know was that, when she’d lie down, “it felt like a gate closed in the back of my throat.” That closing gate was in… Read more →

The History Center serves as anchor for tourism in MedQuarter

Inside the walls of the old Douglas Mansion, there are answers to nearly any question on Linn County that you might have. That’s thanks to the mansion’s current tenant, The History Center — one of the MedQuarter Regional Medical District’s most unique attractions. “Our archives and collections right now are bumping up around 70,000 pieces,”… Read more →

Ashley Higginbottom, Keeper of the Wine

Doing what we love. When it comes to a career, it’s something many of us dream about but far fewer experience. Ashley Higginbottom is one of the lucky few. Luckily for Cedar Rapids, she’s found a home for her dream in The MedQuarter Regional Medical District. Ashley’s business, Kariden Wine Company on 1st Avenue SE,… Read more →

Quinton Found a Way to the Simple Life

Quinton Neisen, just knew something was a little off when not feeling well for many consecutive day. Deciding where to receive treatment was easy. Quinton is a longtime patient in the MedQuarter. When he was experiencing heart problems, he knew exactly where to go. Quinton said he easily could have died without the care team… Read more →

Third-Generation Cleaners Thrives in the MedQuarter

When John Albert was a boy growing up in Cedar Rapids, working at his parents’ dry cleaning and laundry business wasn’t exactly in his plans. He did have designs on buying a new bicycle at some point, though. To earn some cash, he began sweeping the floors at Albert’s Cleaners, now Citywide Cleaners on First… Read more →

Jenna Houge’s enthusiasm for what she does is palpable.

It doesn’t take long to discover why this 30-something manager of The Nurse’s Station in the MedQuarter Regional Medical District loves her work. “I just love serving my customers,” she says. “I love helping them find just the right fit, fabric or color for their uniforms.” “Uniforms” in this case means nurses’ scrubs, lab coats… Read more →

How a Journey Changes Direction

Sherry Wilmot had found breast lumps in the past — all benign — so she figured the one she discovered in January, 2019, was more of the same. She waited four months until her regular OBGYN visit at UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids located in the MedQuarter Regional Medical District in May for her scheduled… Read more →

Eat Dessert First with Help from Kathy’s Pies Bakery

On a typical day, Amy Jordan is up and at work by 5 a.m., firing up the oven and helping prep the morning’s pastries at Kathy’s Pies. “We make cinnamon rolls and kolaches every morning,” says Amy, who took over ownership from sisters Kathy McCauley and Terri Henecke in 2019. Kathy’s Pies has been sweetening… Read more →

Firestone Cares for Cars, Customers

Finding a trustworthy auto repair shop can be stressful. In the MedQuarter Regional Medical District, Firestone Complete Auto Care is ready to fill that need.