Description: The MedQuarter Regional Medical District (MedQ) was the result of Vision Cedar Rapids 2007 and the 2009 Neighborhood Planning Process, which developed districts to grow Downtown Cedar Rapids. The MedQ is a revitalization partnership committed to promoting a dynamic urban medical community to improve quality of life, advocate for new businesses and jobs in a defined medical district. In 2011 the MedQ was established due to the support provided by property owners in the 54 square blocks of the downtown area anchored by Mercy Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital. The Commission was appointed by the Mayor/City Council and immediately established the funding for future improvements for the district. To further propel the projects for the MedQ, three committees were formed in 2012: Branding & Marketing, District Services and Master Development Plan. The Commission has hired website developer Informatics to redesign the MedQ website and make it an informational and robust resource for patients, medical providers, businesses and visitors. Additionally, the Commission is in the early stages of developing a bold and action-oriented master development plan that will help establish the MedQ as a nationally recognized medical destination.
Significant improvements have already been made in the district with the establishment of the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center and Physicians' Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion as they have been catalysts for further growth and development. The MedQ will be a national destination where many healthcare needs are met in a localized area helping to enhance the appearance, vitality and economic stability for downtown Cedar Rapids.