Ambassador of the Month
Andrew Martin, Goldrige Companies
The Ambassador Executive Committee is pleased to announce Andrew Martin, Goldridge Companies, was selected Ambassador of the month in October 2016 for his participation in Chamber and Ambassador activities. Thank you, Andrew, for all your time and hard work
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Paul Swartos has joined CCFBank as its new vice president of commercial banking and Chippewa Valley market manager. Swartos comes to CCFBank with more than 15 years of experience in business banking. Previously, Swartos served as vice president, senior business banker for a regional financial services company serving the Midwest. His role with CCFBank will be based out of the Fairfax Street office in Eau Claire.
Mega! CO-OP has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase five “Travel Stop” locations from Dan and Phyllis Acker. The five stores are located in Stanley, Abbotsford, Elk Mound, Durand and New Lisbon. The Cooperative will operate the stores as “Mega! CO-OP Travel Stop” and will keep the branded fuel they offer, currently Shell and BP. Mega! CO-OP is now focused solely on the convenience store business and, as such, has spent a great deal of resources this last year remodeling, rebranding and stabilizing its new business model. The Cooperative now has 38 convenient options for fuel and food in 11 counties covering 20 cities and employs more than 300 team members that work hard to serve our cooperative member’s needs.” The Consumers Cooperative Association of Eau Claire was founded in 1935 and operates 38 convenience stores in West Central Wisconsin. It employs approximately 300 team members serving over 70,000 Cooperative members.
24-7 and West Wisconsin Telcom Cooperative, Inc., and the communities they serve, were recognized as “Smart Rural Communities” by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association. NTCA is a national association representing more than 800 independent, community-based broadband companies. 24-7 and West Wisconsin Telcom is one of only 12 companies nationally to receive this designation in 2016. Fundamentally, a smart rural community uses fiber optic networks to enable applications the community can leverage for innovative economic development, blue-ribbon education, first-rate health care, cutting-edge government services, robust security and more efficient energy distribution and use.
Able Energy recently installed the largest solar installation on a business in the Chippewa Valley. A 100 kW solar system consisting of 377 panels will offset approximately 30 percent of the electricity needs for Huebsch Services, the Eau Claire-based uniform, floor matting and facility services company. Huebsch’s install is just one of the many recent solar installations occurring in the Chippewa Valley. Incentives like the 30 percent Solar Investment Tax Credit from the federal government, and recent Public Service Commission approval of $7.7 million toward Renewable Energy Rebates will help further the growth and affordability of solar throughout Wisconsin.
Chippewa Valley Technical College will start a new Entrepreneurship program in January. The program is designed to help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to start and succeed in their own businesses. The start of that program, approved by the Wisconsin State Technical College System board in July, is the centerpiece of a larger effort by CVTC to become more entrepreneurial in its focus throughout its program areas. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, CVTC President Bruce Barker signed the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship pledge committing CVTC to advance entrepreneurship in the community and an entrepreneurship culture on campus. Heading the Entrepreneurship program is instructor Ben Zugay, a seasoned entrepreneur who started his first business at age 14, who has had at least two successful start-ups among several business launches. As part of the overall efforts, CVTC is building a directory of alumni who are entrepreneurs and small business owners to serve as mentors and advisors in Entrepreneurship and other programs. And a new Entrepreneurship Learning Team will form recommendations for curricular and co-curricular activities to encourage and support entrepreneurship among students and create an entrepreneurship culture at CVTC.
Joan Coffman, president and CEO of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, was appointed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker last week to serve as the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) representative to the Governor’s task force on opioid abuse. Through its L.E. Phillips-Libertas Treatment Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital is a major provider of treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse having 46 of the 86 dedicated AODA inpatient treatment beds in Wisconsin. Coffman also serves on WHA’s Board of Directors and has been an active and key resource to WHA, providing valuable insight and information on regulatory, insurance, and other factors that can be a barrier to patient access to opioid and other drug and alcohol addiction treatments in Wisconsin.
Achieve Wellness opened its newest health and wellness clinic in western Minnesota. The near-site clinic is dedicated for the use of all employees and families of Alexandria Industries, a Minnesota-based manufacturer. At no cost to employees, the clinic, staffed by a family nurse practitioner and LPN, provides routine care, treatment of minor injuries and illnesses, prescriptions, vaccinations, and management of chronic health problems.
Royal Credit Union (Royal) has named four team members to manager positions: Kim Green, Ben Priem, Linda Torres and Amy Schaefer. As the consumer lending manager, Green will manage the operation and performance of consumer lending in the Member Loans department. As technical services manager, Priem will manage the technical service specialists and business systems coordinators to provide comprehensive and efficient technical services for Royal. Torres will be responsible, as the consumer lending operations manager, for managing the overall operation and performance of Royal’s Indirect Lending program, including dealer relationships, business development, and loan funding. As the audit services manager, Schaefer will ensure proper execution of the Audit Service’s department vision, strategy and plan.
Chippewa Valley Technical College will initiate new programs and credentials in agriculture-related fields beginning in August 2017. The programs won approval from the Wisconsin Technical College System Board in September and the CVTC board on October 20. The offerings include two new associate degree programs and four new technical diplomas as expansions of CVTC’s existing Agriscience Technician program. The agriculture additions essentially divide CVTC’s existing Agriscience Technician program, which includes components in agronomy and animal sciences, into two associate degree programs in precision agronomy management and animal science management. In addition, CVTC will be offering a new one-year farm operation technical diploma program, meant for farm workers who want to stay engaged in farming while going to school at a time convenient to the cropping season.
United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley announced its 2016-2017 Board of Directors which began its new term on July 1st. The 2016 campaign chair is Darrin Senn, owner of Senn Blacktop. Senn is serving his second year on the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley (UWGCV) Board of Directors and will be the spokesperson for United Way’s mission and rally the community to achieve UWGCV’s 2016 fundraising goal of $2 million. United Way’s 2016-2017 Board of Directors is chaired by Eau Claire City Manager Dale Peters. Karen Hebert of Spectrum Benefit Solutions is the newly appointed chair elect. Angela Weideman will serve as community impact vice chair and is the Chippewa County Public Health director/officer. Melissa Wait of CCFBank and will serve a one-year term on the board as past chair of the United Way Emerging Leaders Society. Campaign vice chair (2017), Jan Hook, is recently retired as general manager of the Eau Claire Scheels store. Accepting the position of 2nd vice chair, campaign (2018) is Zach Schmidtknecht, vice president and general manager at Great Northern Corporation. Also serving on the Board is Bruce Ommen of Ayres Associates and Rob Ganschow of Wipfli CPAs and Consultants, Lisa Bruhn of Marshfield Clinic Health System, Don Reck of Xcel Energy, Peter Farrow of Group Health Cooperative, Heidi Taylor-Eliopoulos of Chippewa Falls Unified School District, Joan Coffman of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital and Mary Jacobson.
Physician assistant Jordan Grabow recently joined the Cardiology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Grabow earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Grabow is certified in basic and advanced cardiac life support.
Royal Credit Union (Royal) has named six team members to vice president positions: Jeni Brantner, Sherri Jablonicky, Adam Kinnard, Tom Lea, Brianne Meszaros and Jesse Smith. In Branter’s new role as the vice president of payment operations, she’ll oversee the payment operations for the entire credit union. Jablonicky’s main responsibility as vice president of branch operations – Wisconsin will be to provide strategic direction for creating exceptional member experience, profitability and growth for the Chippewa Valley and Saint Croix Valley branch operations, Member Service Center and Deposit Operations. Kinnard was named vice president of IT Operations and Development and will drive the development of new capabilities that lead Royal in delivery of effective and innovative technology services and solutions to both Royal’s Members and team members. Lea is responsible, as the vice president of IT infrastructure and security, for the architecture, implementation and operation of Royal’s technology infrastructure. In Meszaros’ new role as the vice president of branch operations – metro, she’ll manage the strategic growth and expansion in the emerging Metro market. Smith was named vice president of consumer lending and servicing, amd he is responsible for the strategy, operation and performance of consumer lending and mortgage servicing.
Kobussen Buses recently added to its fleet two 2016 MCI J4500 series 56 passenger motor-coaches. Motor Coach Industries continues to set the standard in motor coach development. Independent suspension, LED lighting throughout, seat belts, Wi-Fi, reclining seats, 120v household outlets to name just a few of the many features of these luxury motor-coaches. This investment of more than $1.1 million dollars represents Kobussen Buses continued commitment to luxury motor-coach transportation.
Michael Strubel has joined Marshfield Clinic as a Foundation coordinator for the Eau Claire market. In this position, he will lead annual giving programs in the West Region of Marshfield Clinic to grow philanthropic support from employees, grateful patients and community members. Strubel received his bachelor’s degree from UW-Eau Claire, where he continues to serve as president of the Alumni Board. Prior to joining the Foundation, he worked as an account executive with WEAU 13 News and as director of sales and events for Visit Eau Claire for nearly 10 years. He spends much of his free time supporting the Eau Claire community, as a board member for Eau Claire Jazz, Inc. and Eau Claire North Band Parents, playing in various musical ensembles, participating in local theater, and serving on Chamber of Commerce committees for Leadership Eau Claire™ and Youth Leadership Eau Claire.
Facilities Manager Brian Allande was presented the Royal Credit Union (Royal) 2016 Positive Impact Award. Allande, a Royal team member since 2012, met the high criteria for this award by demonstrating exceptional commitment to Royal Members through his work operating and maintaining multiple office locations. This is Royal’s highest team member award and only one award, per year is presented. Royal’s facilities team effectively and efficiently provide maintenance, operational services and utilities services that support Royal Credit Union team members in their service to Members and the community. Allande leads the team and ensures the experience at Royal exceeds Member expectations and provides a comfortable work environment for all team members.
Miron Construction Co., Inc. is partnering with Cedar Corporation to make renovations and an addition to the Stanley Wastewater Treatment Plant in Stanley, Wisconsin. Construction on the $6.5 million contract began in August 2016 and is scheduled to be complete in August 2017. Miron’s work on the 103,000-square-foot project includes structural and equipment demolition, paving, piping and utility piping. Miron is scheduled to make pump and piping modifications in the control building, re-aeration building and to other various equipment. The scope will also include lighting, plumbing and ventilation work throughout the plant.
Larson Companies was recently awarded the Exemplary Employer Award by the State of Wisconsin. The Department of Workforce Development presented the award to Larson Companies for their commitment to progressive employment practices that encourage the full participation of people with disabilities. Only three businesses in Eau Claire received this recognition. Dawn Edlin, chief people officer, coordinates the program and accepted the award on behalf of Larson Companies.
Merchants Financial Group, Inc. (MFGI) President & CEO Rodney R. Nelson will retire as of January 31, 2017. Winona Market President and Chief Banking Officer Greg M. Evans will take over the position after Nelson’s retirement. Nelson joined the organization in 2000 and will retire after 17 years with the organization, including the past three as MFGI President & CEO. Evans has been with the Merchants organization for 27 years. He served in the Marketing Department from 1989 to 2007, the last five years as senior vice President of marketing. In 2007, he was named regional president for Hampton, Cannon Falls and Red Wing when Merchants Bank acquired those locations. In 2013, Evans was named president of the Winona Market and chief banking officer, providing leadership for all Merchants Bank locations.
Prevea Health now offers comprehensive cancer care at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Prevea cancer services are provided by fellowship-trained oncologist, Dr. Rifat Elkhatib. He is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology and provides care for adults with solid tumors and blood disorders as well as offering second opinions on cancer diagnosis and treatment.
The Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital received the Wisconsin Award for Volunteer Excellence (WAVE) under the category of “Community Outreach and Collaboration.” With food insecurities identified as a significant problem in Chippewa County, the Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, in cooperation with the hospital’s Green Committee, developed a community garden project four years ago. The project gives households the opportunity to grow their own vegetables to supplement their diets on garden plots available on the hospital’s campus. Plots are made available for a small fee and include tilling and irrigation, with the sole purpose of providing nutritious food to families and individuals who need it most. Organizations also have leased plots and donated the harvest to local food pantries. In the last four growing seasons, a total of 3,575 pounds of food has been grown and donated to area food pantries as a result of this community garden project. The WAVE program was established by the Partners of Wisconsin Hospital Association, Inc to recognize volunteer programs whose work directly furthers the mission of the institution they serve.
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is now offering 3-D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) for breast cancer screening. Breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue, which makes it easier for radiologists to identify breast abnormalities that could be cancerous. Breast cancer is a common cancer among American women, exceeded only by the incidence of skin cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime.
Nurse practitioner Jamie Taylor, recently joined the Hospital Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. She will be dedicated full time to taking care of patients admitted to the hospital. Taylor earned her master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Nephrology Associates in Columbia, Tennessee. She is certified in advanced cardiovascular life support and basic life support, and board-certified in adult gerontology.
Thanks to all our Chamber members who attended the 2016 Business Expo & Job Fair. With more than 2,000 people attending, it was another great success thanks to the support of all our sponsors, exhibitors, Committee members and volunteers. Thank you to Dan Everhart of L&M Mail & Courier for chairing the Business Expo & Job Fair Committee again this year.
A special thank you to the following:
Media Sponsors: Leader-Telegram, Mid-West Family Broadcasting (WAXX and WAYY) and WEAU 13 News.
VIP Reception Sponsors: Miron Construction, M3 Insurance, Ruder Ware and Wipfli
Beverage Sponsors: General Beer Northwest, Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery, Park Ridge Distributing, Inc.,
Seminar Sponsor: Manpower
Parking Lot Shuttle Provided by: Trubilt Collision Center
Exhibitors’ Lounge Sponsors: Festival Foods, Five Star Telecom, Loffler Companies and Rhom Construction
Bag Sponsor: Adecco
Lanyard Sponsor: Heartwood Conference Center & Retreat
Printing Sponsor: REALiving
In-Kind Sponsors: Badger Truck, Steamatic of Western Wisconsin and Sterling Water - Culligan
Food Samples Provided by: Dairy Queen, Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, L.E. Phillips Career Development Center, Local Lounge, Marieke Gouda, Metropolis Resort, Noodles & Company, 29 Pines Restaurant and Westgate Sportsman’s Club.
VIP Reception Door Prize Sponsors and Winners:
Volunteers: Dan Antonia, Adecco; Denni Backstrom, Steamatic of Western Wisconsin; Mike Barrickman, Bartingale Mechanical; Brett Geboy, North Central Insulation; Mary Glassbrenner, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire; Steph Herbert, Visit Eau Claire; Chris Howell, WEAU 13 News; Julie Kalpinski, Mayo Clinic Health System; Jenn Kane of CCFBank; Vanessa Klemish, Klemish & Johnson, LLC; Marianne Klinkhammer, Gator Garb Promotions; Ben Komro, RE/MAX Real Estate Group; Michelle Larson, Kristo Orthodontics; Zach Lehmann, Wipfli; Nicholas Mohr, Rhom Construction; Jason Otto, BMO Harris Bank; Tami Severson, Spectrum Business; Bill Sparkes, iHeartMEDIA; Kaylynn Stahlbusch, Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County; Eric Strobel, Strobel Insurance, Inc.; Daneille Strong, Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci, S.C.; Ben Trachsel, B&B Electric, Inc.; Melissa Wilson, Chippewa Valley Technical College; Dolores Wojcik, CPA.
And thank you to Amy Peterson-Foss of the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center for all her help!
Wipfli LLP recently announced that Michael Pynch has been appointed to the firm’s Leadership Team in the role of technology partner. In his new firm-wide leadership role, Pynch will be responsible for building and developing the firm’s technology services strategy and vision, the technology services organization, technology infrastructure and the services required to support the firm’s business needs. A 20-year technology industry veteran, Pynch joined Wipfli more than 14 years ago and has been a partner with Wipfli since 2008. He has spent the majority of his career providing technology services to businesses and helping them to succeed. In addition to this new leadership role, Pynch also is the firm-wide consulting leader for Wipfli’s technology management service group, providing cloud and infrastructure services to small and medium-sized businesses across all industries. He is based in the firm’s Eau Claire office.
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc, Northwest District announced two new members joining its Board of Directors. Patrick Erickson, a manager with CliftonLarsonAllen LLC will bring his diverse taxation, audit and customer service expertise to the JA Board. Erickson graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and later earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. Kathy Otto, an operations manager with Phillips-Medisize Medical Assembly also is joining the JA Board of Directors. She is a Southern Oregon University graduate with a bachelor’s of science degree in chemistry and also earned a master’s of science in technology management from UW- Stout. She also received a Lean Certificate from Chippewa Valley Technical College. Otto began her career as a chemist and process engineer and after receiving her master’s degree, she transitioned into operations management.
Two new directors have recently joined HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals: Ken Brown has joined both hospitals as director of radiology services. Brown most recently served as regional radiology manager at Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield. He is an established leader in imaging and practice management, and has managed both radiology and cardiology services at health care facilities in Montana, Iowa and California. Brown holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Ashford University in Clinton, Ia. Kandi Mensing has joined both hospitals as director of dialysis services. Mensing most recently served as manager in people services at the southern Illinois division of Hospital Sisters Health System. She has more than 11 years of experience as a dialysis technician. Mensing holds a master’s degree in business administration from McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill.
Staybridge Suites in Altoona received the IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2016 New Development Design Award which is given to hotels that are considered the best in class providing exemplary brand design, quality of construction and attention to detail. Staybridge Suites in Altoona is one of only two Staybridge Suites in North America selected to win this award. The hotel was recognized during the 2016 IHG Americas Investors and Leadership Conference.
The Harding Group LLC has officially joined the PXT Select™ Authorized Partner Network and can now provide PXT Select™ assessment solutions to organizations throughout North America. As a PXT Select™ Authorized Partner, The Harding Group plays an active role in sustaining and promoting the value of assessment solutions and is dedicated to helping organizations build better, more productive and happier workforces. These high-quality, research-validated tools provide actionable data about candidates in an easy to understand format that helps simplify and improve hiring processes. By identifying the most suitable candidates, organizations reduce turnover, boost employee engagement and ultimately invest in improving their workplaces.
The new 30-room boutique hotel, The Oxbow Hotel, and onsite restaurant, The Lakely, have opened. The Oxbow Hotel consists of two buildings, The Main House and The Flats. The Main house features The Lakely restaurant, event space, lobby and rooms. The Flats, a mid-century modern building adjacent to The Main House, holds the remainder of the rooms and will be open to a courtyard with outdoor seating, fire pits and kubb lawn. The Oxbow is being managed by General Manager Allison Sullivan. The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely restaurant project is owned by Longform, LLC, whose members include Justin Vernon, Zach Halmstad, Nick Meyer and Ben Richgruber.
Ruder Ware, a law firm with headquarters in Wausau and Eau Claire, recently was awarded recertification in Meritas, a global alliance of business law firms. Ruder Ware is required to successfully complete recertification every three years. Meritas is the only law firm alliance with an established and comprehensive means of monitoring and enhancing the quality of its member firms—a process that saves clients time in validating law firm credentials and experience. Meritas membership is selective and by invitation only. Firms are regularly assessed and recertified for the breadth of their practice expertise and client satisfaction. The organization’s extensive due diligence process ensures that only firms meeting the tenets of Meritas’ Quality Assurance Program are allowed to maintain membership.
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation Board of Directors recently welcomed new members and honored outgoing members for their years of service. The following individuals have been elected to the board:
Physician assistant Kailey Scheller recently joined the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Scheller earned her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Concordia University in Mequon. She received bachelor’s degrees in biology and neuroscience from Carthage College in Kenosha. She is certified in advanced cardiovascular life support, basic life support and CPR. Her professional interests include emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine.
Two colleagues from HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital recently earned advanced certification in their respective fields. Valerie Hofacker and Kate Stuewe, who are registered nurses in the hospital’s inpatient physical rehabilitation department, recently earned their certified rehabilitation registered nurse (CRRN) accreditation. The CRRN accreditation is certified by the American Board of Nursing Specialties. It features an exam about ethical and legal issues, health patterns including assessments, physiology and standards of care, the function of the rehabilitation team, and rehabilitation nursing models.
Nurse practitioner Ashley Schuelke recently joined Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Schuelke earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Viterbo University in La Crosse and her master’s degree in the primary care nurse practitioner program at Concordia University in Mequon. Schuelke previously worked as a registered nurse in Critical Care at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. She is certified by the American Heart Association in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support. Her professional interests include improving access to health care and improving health literacy.
Guilherme Giusti, M.D., recently joined the Orthopedic Center at Mayo Clinic Health System. Giusti earned his medical degree and completed his orthopedic surgery residency and hand surgery fellowship from the Sao Paulo Federal University in Brazil. He also completed a second orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and additional fellowships in hand surgery and microvascular research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Giusti is board-eligible in orthopedic surgery and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and American Society for Surgery of the Hand.
Randall Linton, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System for northwest Wisconsin, is announcing his retirement in April 2017. Linton has served in his current capacity as president and CEO for the past 15 years. Prior to that, he served as a pediatrician for more than 20 years. Planning and organizing the process for selecting a successor will begin immediately, and a final selection is anticipated by January to allow for an appropriate transition period. Linton will assist his successor to ensure a smooth and seamless leadership transition. The search committee for the new leader will include regional representation. As a part of the transition, the title of the position will change from president and CEO to regional vice president, northwest Wisconsin region, to better align with other similar job titles and organizational structures within Mayo Clinic.
Jeremy Gragert has been hired as communications specialist for the Chippewa Valley Museum, located in Eau Claire’s Carson Park. Gragert will coordinate outreach and marketing of the regional history and cultural Museum’s programs, education, events, resources and exhibits. Gragert has more than 10 years of experience in community engagement as a leader in non-profit development and higher education, including at UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout. Gragert has a bachelor’s degree in history from UW-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in education from UW-La Crosse. Prior to joining the Chippewa Valley Museum, Gragert was the northwest ambassador for the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation.
Royal Credit Union (Royal) hosted a ribbon cutting and grand re-opening celebration at its newly remodeled North High School student-run credit union office. Royal leaders, school administrators and students joined together on Tuesday, September 27 for the event. Royal opened the office at North High School in 2005. Since its opening 33 students have worked in the North High School office. The remodeled facility features a warm, welcome environment for members to conduct business. Comfortable seating, a financial education delivery center and space for one-on-one consultations are also available in the office. To celebrate the long-standing partnership, Royal Credit Union presented North High School administrators with a $250 donation to support an educational initiative or school program of their choice.
A recent update to Nursing Home Compare by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designates local healthcare provider Dove Healthcare with an overall 5 Star Rating for each of their six skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities. This rating is based on quality measures, staffing ratios and annual health inspection results. Star ratings are assigned to each of these categories and the categories are combined to calculate an overall rating. In July 2016, 32.1 percent of Wisconsin skilled nursing facilities were rated five stars and 22.8 percent nationally. More information can be found on the website.
Ola Kanj Ahmed, M.D., has joined the Oncology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Ahmed received her medical degree from the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan. She was chief medical resident of the internal medicine residency program at Unity Health System in Rochester, New York. She completed her fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. Kanj Ahmed is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Justine Abel, D.O., recently joined the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Abel earned her bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology from the University of California-Davis. She earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. Abel completed her residency in emergency medicine at Western Michigan University School of Medicine- Kalamazoo. She is certified in advanced trauma, cardiac, disaster, obstetrics and pediatric life support.
Nurse practitioner Karen Bowman recently joined Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Bowman earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota, and her master’s degree in the family nurse practitioner program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Previously, Bowman worked as a family nurse practitioner at Eau Claire Medical Clinic. Bowman is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is a certified asthma educator and is certified by the American Heart Association in basic and advanced cardiac life support.
The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has set October 2 – 8 as Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities. Cooperative Education Service Agency 10 (CESA 10) is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week and to honor local board members for their commitment to children, education, and the community.
Market & Johnson announced the hiring of James Hanke and Brandon O’Connell as business development representatives. Hanke and O’Connell will assist the Market & Johnson team in securing new construction projects while building relationships with key business leaders. Hanke will focus on the industrial and manufacturing markets while O’Connell concentrates on the medical, educational and retail markets for Market & Johnson. Hanke has a bachelor’s degree from UW-Eau Claire and a master’s certification in community and economic development from Penn State. Prior to joining Market & Johnson, Hanke spent more than six years as the manager of economic development and community services at Xcel Energy. O’Connell has a bachelor’s degree in real estate property management from UW-Stout. He spent four years with Mid-America Real Estate-Minnesota as a commercial property manager.
Chelsea Schneider has been hired as CCFBank’s new vice president of human resources. Schneider has eight years of experience managing human resources. Her most recent role was as human resources manager at Clearwater Paper Corporation in Ladysmith where she helped develop and lead an initiative to enhance relations and cooperation between corporate and operations. Her role will be based out of CCFBank’s administrative offices in Eau Claire.
EO Johnson Business Technologies announced a new building expansion to its Eau Claire location. The project will create space to house a state-of-the-art customer showroom, expand IT operations and expand the warehouse and parts. This initiative, which was recently approved by the City of Eau Claire Plan Commission, will expand the location by nearly 8,000 square feet. The Eau Claire facility is a central part to EO Johnson’s seven locations and often serves as a companywide meeting place. This location also serves as the company home for Production Print. Construction work is set to begin on the facility this fall.
Business development specialist Anna Sizer recently joined Corporate Health Services at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Previously, Sizer was director of Development for Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. In her new role, Sizer will work directly with local employers to help meet the health care needs of their employees. Sizer holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and psychology and an advanced business communications certificate from UW-Eau Claire.
Jonathan Webb, M.D., recently joined the Orthopedic Center at Mayo Clinic Health System. Webb earned his medical degree from the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine and his bachelor’s degree in physiological science from the University of California-Los Angeles. He completed an orthopedic surgical residency at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester, Minnesota and a fellowship in adult reconstruction/total joint at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts. Webb is board-eligible in orthopedic surgery.
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