Posted Online: Dec. 06, 2012, 9:02 pm

Moline tree planting marks start of Genesis Medical Center project

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By Dawn Neuses dneuses@qconline.com

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Genesis Health System President and CEO Doug Cropper places a tree ornament on the newly replanted 20-foot fir tree that came from the Genesis Medical Center East Campus in Davenport and planted during ceremonies, at the site of the new Genesis Medical Park in Moline Thursday Dec. 6, 2012.
MOLINE — A 20-foot spruce tree was planted Thursday by Genesis Medical Center, and signified its continued dedication to the environment and to future growth in Moline, a hospital official said.

The tree planting was the kick-off for construction of Genesis Medical Park, Moline, a wellness campus to be developed jointly by Genesis Health System and Frauenshuh Health Care Real Estate Solutions at 3900 28th Ave.

Phase I of the development will include an $8.3 million, 52,000-square-foot building to hold offices for 16 primary care physicians and specialists, Genesis Convenient Care, Genesis Integrative Wellness and ancillary services including lab, pharmacy, radiology and home medical equipment.

Florence Spyrow, Genesis Health System vice president, said the medical office building will be like no other in the Quad-Cities and its focus will be on wellness. It will offer a "medical mall" concept, a one-stop shopping experience for patients.

The building will feature expedited check-in through kiosks, so patients will not have to sit in waiting rooms. The campus will include walkways, green space and electric car charging stations.

"Genesis Medical Park, Moline, is a glance into health care in the future," Ms. Spyrow said.

Genesis CEO Doug Cropper said upcoming changes in the health care industry will be represented in the new medical building, which will help Genesis care for people in a better way.

It is hoped the building will help Genesis attract new primary care physicians and the outdoor amenities encourage people to take advantage of wellness opportunities, he said.

Genesis Health System vice president of corporate communications Ken Croken said many story lines were coming to a conclusion Thursday. The land was purchased by Genesis in 1998 from the Ferry family. Its previous use included mining operations, farming, landfill, and at one point, a grocery store was located on some of the property, he said.

Genesis cleaned up the site and in 1999 the EPA approved the work, allowing redevelopment there.

Present for Thursday's event was Bonnie Kipp, whose grandfather previously owned the land. She said she is excited about the plans and re-use of the property. "We are all very happy," she said, speaking for a group of cousins with her.

Phase I will also include $2 million in site improvements including parking, landscaping, storm water detention, water and sewer infrastructure and traffic-related improvements on 41st Street.

Phase I construction is expected to take about a year, and the medical park could open in late 2013 or early 2014, according to Genesis.

Up to four more buildings could be constructed in future phases. Genesis owns about 38 acres.

The city has created a Tax Increment Finance district and agreed to rebate 15 percent of the development costs, or $1.55 million, to Genesis for Phase I.