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Med Quarter Regional Medical District

Quality healthcare has its place. And a lot more...

When it comes to health care, there’s no better place in Eastern Iowa than The MedQuarter Regional Medical District, located right off Interstate 380 in the heart of the city.

The district, recognized by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement as one of the ten best in the nation for high quality, low-cost healthcare, boasts more than 100 providers promising nothing less than the best when it comes to your health.

Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids

St. Luke's hospital Cedar Rapids

But beyond a stay at the hospital or a visit to the clinic, visitors can also expect quality dining, shopping, and cultural attractions all within walking distance inside the district’s 55 square blocks, making their stay not only enjoyable but also convenient.

Comfort Food

Included in the dining options are unique restaurants such as Via Sofia’s Italian Kitchen serving traditional yet unpretentious Italian, Phong Lan Vietnamese Restaurant offering warm bowls of Pho and other authentic Asian dishes, Moniker 86 - new to the MedQ, and Grey’s Pub serving Grey’s Anatomy-themed sandwiches and drinks.

Grey's Pub in medical dsitrict

Pep In Your Step

Need a caffeine pick-me-up? Don’t forget coffee shops like nationally beloved Caribou Coffee or locally owned Brewed Awakenings, which also serve deli items and pastries. If it’s dessert you’re looking for, a visit to local favorite Kathy’s Pies cannot be missed— whether it’s pies, cookies or cakes, you won’t have any trouble satisfying your craving.

Healthy Distractions

Looking for something fun to do? Check out walkable attractions such as Gilded Pear Gallery, with more than 70 artists and 1,500 art works on exhibit in their 5,400 square-foot gallery or the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s Grant Wood Studio, which showcases the former home and studio of the famed American artist (open April through December). Explore The History Center, located in the historic Douglas Mansion, to learn more about the area.

Gilded Pear Gallery Cedar Rapids

Other services in the district include daycare, dry cleaning, banking, a specialty grocer, convenience store, auto repair, a central post office and easy access to public transportation.

Whether you’re here for health or for fun, a stop in the MedQuarter should not be missed. Take time to enjoy the district’s many amenities and vibrant neighborhood because it’s more than a medical district. It’s a destination.

Visit for more information about the district, its partners and things to do and see in the area.

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Liz Zabel

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