February 22, 2019 – Leaders with WesleyLife of Johnston, Iowa, and Genesis Health System of Davenport, Iowa, today announced “WellSpire” as the name of the new entity that is being formed by the partnership of the two organizations.
The partnership, announced last month, will strengthen a common mission to pave the way for older adults in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois to lead healthy, fulfilling lives that focus on purpose and well-being.
“The name ‘WellSpire’ is derived from the words ‘well’ and ‘inspire,’ and our choosing of those two words was very deliberate in terms of our goals for the new organization,” Rob Kretzinger, CEO of WesleyLife, said.
“In everything we strive to accomplish on behalf of those we serve, WesleyLife encourages residents, clients, participants, and team members to be mindful of their well-being. And the Genesis mission – to provide compassionate, quality health services to all those in need – is an important component of that name as well.”
As WesleyLife brings its 72 years of experience and expertise serving older adults to Genesis Health System’s existing senior living portfolio, the forming of WellSpire creates an opportunity for the joined organizations to serve senior markets in both states through a comprehensive health and wellness network.
Initial plans for WellSpire include:
- Developing, in the short term, a new senior living community in the Bettendorf, Iowa, area, with site selection to be announced soon
- In the longer term, developing a new senior living community in the Moline, Illinois, market
- Identifying physical changes, expansions, or new developments to be made to the Genesis properties of Illini Restorative Care and Crosstown Square apartments in Silvis, Illinois, and Westwing Place in DeWitt, Iowa, as all will be transitioned to the auspices of WellSpire
- Through the lens of transforming the aging experience, determining additional opportunities for development or redevelopment
“The WellSpire brand is built upon the strength of two trusted organizations with a shared focus on health and well-being,” Kretzinger said. “As we encourage residents and clients to live their lives with purpose and meaning, we’ll strive to remind older adults in the Quad Cities that the second half of life can truly be the best half.”
WesleyLife has served the older-adult market in Iowa for more than 72 years, owning and operating eight communities for people 55 and older and serving thousands of additional older adults through a robust network of home- and community-based offerings. The organization provides home health care and services, adult day services, nutrition, transportation, hospice care, and public health nursing services to individuals who wish to remain independent at home.
About Genesis Health System
Genesis Health System serves a 17-county, bi-state region of the Quad Cities metropolitan area and the surrounding communities of Iowa and Illinois. Along with its affiliates, the organization offers a full continuum of care, including preventive, primary, acute and tertiary hospital care; home health and nursing home care; hospice; and rehabilitation.
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