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The city of Quincy is located on the limestone bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, and is renowned for it natural beauty, preservation of its exceptional stock of Victorian Era homes, and its highly developed porgrams in the arts. It has been cited as one of the 50 top small arts communities in the U.S., and one of the top 100 small cities in which to live. In 2010, Forbes Magazine listed Quincy as the #8 Best Small City in the U.S. to Raise a Family. Crime and unemployment are unusally low while recreational facilities and lifestyle amenities are unusally high. The community also offers excellent publis and parochial schools, a 2-year public community college, a 4-year private university, two vocational colleges, fine dining and ample retail opportunities in the historic, downtown shopping district, the Quincy Mall and the larger chain stores occupying space on the eastern edge of the city. Quincy is just two hours from St. Louis, three and a half hours from Kansas City and four hours from Chicago. Quincy's Baldwin Field offers six commuter flights daily to St. Louis and Amtrak provides two round trip passenger trains daily to Chicago.
Blessing Health System is comprised of two hospitals, a physician group, a four-year nursing education program, a foundation and a group of medical specialty businesses. Overseeing the activities of all the organizations within the system is Blessing Corporate Services, Inc., (BCS), which was formed in 1983 and is the parent company of Blessing Hospital; Illini Community Hospital; Blessing Physician Services; Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing; The Blessing Foundation; and Denman Services, Inc.