Q. Why was Ash Street in Davenport barricaded or closed several months ago? — Bob, Davenport

A. We contacted the city of Davenport to find out. Nicole Gleason, assistant city administrator/public works director, responded:

"Bob, thanks for your question.

"The city temporarily barricaded Ash Street to test if a permanent closure would be beneficial. The city has received many complaints of cut-through traffic and speeding on this section of road. During this test period, no complaints were received, and the city plans to permanently dead end this section of road in the near future. Notices of this plan will go to the neighbors ahead of any scheduled work."

Q. Is Genesis Health System being bought by University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics? My wife and I have heard rumors and wondered if this really might be the case in whole or in part. I don't find anything on their website as of today (Wednesday, July 26, 2017) but was curious. — Ted and Mindy

A. We contacted Genesis Health System regarding your question. Craig Cooper, senior communications specialist, responded:

"Genesis Health System has several close relationships with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics benefiting care for Genesis patients. For example, UIHC neonatologists care for sick and premature babies in the Genesis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Davenport on a full-time basis. But Genesis Health System plans to continue as the only locally based and locally governed health system in the Quad-Cities."

Q. I have been seeing signs advertising "Genesis Orthopedic Hospital." Where is this located? — John, Davenport

A. Craig Cooper, senior communications specialist, Genesis Health System, said, "I would explain Genesis Orthopedic Hospital as 'a hospital within a hospital.' On the Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street Campus, we have new surgical suites and the new orthopedic unit for patients recovering from surgery, along with a rehabilitation gym on the floor. Patients will also notice new technology implemented to make their stay safer, more comfortable and more efficient."

An article published on Thursday, July 13, 2017, by Quad-City Times sports writer, Don Doxsie, also said Quad-City Times Bix 7 race director Ed Froehlich had announced that Genesis Orthopedic Hospital would serve as the new title sponsor for the annual Brady Street Sprints. The signs you referred to probably were connected with the event.

To read the full story about the sponsorship by Genesis Orthopedic Hospital of the annual Brady Street Sprints, visit qctimes.com/askthetimes.

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