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HeatherWood Assisted Living & Memory Care has been selected as one of the 2018 Best of Assisted Living Award Winners on SeniorAdvisor.com, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America and Canada. The annual SeniorAdvisor. com Best of Awards tabulates over 150,000 family created reviews to find the highest quality care providers for this honor. Of the nearly 45,000 communities currently listed on SeniorAdvisor.com, just over 1,600 were recognized with this prestigious award. HeatherWood Assisted Living & Memory Care is the only winner in Eau Claire.
The Alliance has added three major health organizations in the Chippewa Valley to its provider network. HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital and 12 Prevea Health clinic locations became part of The Alliance provider network effective Jan. 1, 2018. The Prevea Health clinics are in their Western Division and are located in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, Mondovi, Augusta, Arcadia, Cornell and Ladysmith. The Alliance expanded its network in the Chippewa Valley in response to employer requests. The expansion enables employers with headquarters or facilities in the Chippewa Valley to join The Alliance, a not-for-profit cooperative of employers who self-fund their health benefits. The Alliance already has contracts with many other major health care providers in the Chippewa Valley, including Marshfield Clinic and OakLeaf Surgical Hospital.
Larson Companies is pleased to the addition of a designated Marketing Project Manager stationed at its Home Office. As Project Manager, Jill Brenner will be learning about past sales and marketing success and defining future needs. While she is a new addition to the marketing effort, she has spent the past seven years as Director of Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships for Chippewa Valley Music Festivals.
McMahon, Schleifer & Wood, LLC, Certified Public Accountants, is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Riley to the firm. Brian earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and has worked for a firm in Menomonie, Wisconsin for the past five years where he focused on tax and accounting. Brian is also a member of the Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley.
EO Johnson Business Technologies was recognized at the 2017 Marketplace Governor’s Awards, winning the 2017 Wisconsin Women Business Enterprise Award – Outstanding Large Business. The Marketplace Governor’s Awards recognize Wisconsin businesses owned by minorities, women and service-disabled veterans in a number of categories. More than 400 business of all backgrounds and sizes applied for the 2017 awards, and 21 finalists were chosen. Three businesses, including EO Johnson, were finalists for the Outstanding Large Business award that recognizes established businesses that have demonstrated the capacity to grow over the past five years and have plans for continued expansion in the future. EO Johnson Business Technologies has been certified as a woman-owned business by the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration Division of Enterprise Operations since 2014.
Care Partners Assisted Living and Memory Care announced that it is expanding into the west side of Eau Claire with a 60-bed assisted living community with 40 beds for assisted care and 20 beds for memory care. Construction is underway and expected to be open in the summer of 2018. Care Partners will be located across the highway from Menards Regional Office at 5110 Stonewood Drive in Eau claire. Residents will enjoy an array of homelike areas including an open kitchen floor plan like many of our homes now. Also, included in the community are large living room spaces, activity room, library, and sun porches for the resident to enjoy visiting with family and friends. Care Partners is a provider of high-quality assisted living and memory care communities throughout Wisconsin that specializes in small home like settings that provide personalized services and quality resident care.
Three HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital colleagues recently earned advanced certification in their respective fields. Teresa Loftsgaarden, MSN, RN, OCN, who provides cancer navigation services for both Sacred Heart Hospital and Prevea Oncology, recently earned her Oncology Nurse Navigator-Certified Generalist credential. She is also certified as an oncology nurse.
Robin Miller, certified registered nurse in the hospital’s women and infants department, recently earned her Inpatient Obstetric Nursing certification, which means that she is certified in inpatient obstetric care. This certification is an evaluative process that provides the opportunity for nurses in the obstetric, gynecologic and/or neonatal specialty to demonstrate publicly what they know and to be recognized for the special knowledge they possess. Katie Sarver, licensed professional counselor in the hospital’s palliative care department, recently earned her National Certified Counselor credential. This is the premier certification for the counseling profession. Sarver holds a master's degree in counseling, and has met high national standards for the practice of counseling.
Ashley Kosharek of AMK Cleaning Services was included on new report on the state of women’s entrepreneurship in the United States, which was recently released by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship. “Tackling the Gender Gap: What Women Entrepreneurs Need to Thrive” features new interviews with female entrepreneurs who share their business journey and how they overcame adversity on the way to building successful companies. Kosharek was one of the entrepreneurs featured. The Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship report, is available here.
Junior Achievement (JA) of Wisconsin, Inc. Northwest and Coulee Region Districts received $15,000 from the Market & Johnson (M&J) Employee Impact Fund managed by the Eau Claire Community Foundation. The employee fund’s goal, which was created in 2015, is to find an appropriate way to direct M&J employee donations to charities that make an impact in the communities in which they build. This generous donation will help JA continue to reach area youth with programs teaching them about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. These skills help area youth own their own economic success.
Mid-State Truck Service is proud to be in its 10th year of giving back to the less fortunate youth within the communities they serve. This holiday season they have expanded their annual efforts and teamed up with additional partners, their employees and the local Toys for Tots program coordinators to help make a greater impact! Mid-State Truck Service is donating $5,000 towards its Truckers for Tots shopping event, which supports the area’s Toys for Tots Programs; $2,500 to Eau Claire County and $2,500 to Chippewa Falls County.
RMM Solutions has finalized an agreement to acquire the Enterprise division of Dedicated Computing. This agreement offers business growth for the community, stability for the current employees and creates new technology solutions for both customer bases. By adding Dedicated’s Enterprise division to the RMM Solutions team, RMM expands its client base, gains a knowledgeable team of employees and increases its recognition in the Milwaukee and Appleton markets.
A recent update to Nursing Home Compare by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designates local healthcare provider Dove Healthcare with an overall five-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 August 2017, the average star rating for Wisconsin skilled nursing facilities was 3.6 and nationally it was 3.3. More information can be found on the website:
WESTconsin Credit Union’s CEO, Lora Benrud, recently participated in a meeting for the Board of Governors’ Community Depository Institution Advisory Council in Washington, D.C. Members of this council are from financials with total assets of less than $10 billion to provide information, advice, and recommendations from the perspective of community depository institutions. After serving on the council for two years, Benrud was appointed by the Minneapolis Fed president to serve a two-year term as chair of the Minneapolis Council representing the Reserve Bank’s Ninth District. The Minneapolis Fed serves the six states of the Ninth Federal Reserve District: Minnesota, Montana, North and South Dakota, 26 counties in northwestern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. At the meeting, Benrud reported on small business lending practices, economic conditions, and regulatory items.
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ Clinical Education Departments recently added two mannequins and multi-faceted simulation labs that mimic the clinical setting. The technology in the “sim labs” enables the hospitals’ clinical educators to assign mannequins numerous real-life health situations for recently graduated nurses and nursing veterans alike to detect, troubleshoot and treat. Situations such as cardiac arrest, an open wound, a seizure, neurological issues, allergic reactions and more. Though not new, the hospitals also have mannequins that mimic a woman going into labor and giving birth, as well as newborn mannequins.
Royal Credit Union recently received Wisconsin Forward Award Challenger Recognition from The Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence (WCPE). The awards were presented at the recent 20th Annual Wisconsin Forward Awards gala in Madison. Royal was recognized at the Challenger level, which is the first step in the award sequence. The Challenger application is a snapshot of the organization, the key influences on how it functions, and the competitive environment it operates in. Wisconsin Forward Award uses the Baldrige Excellence Framework™ established by the national Baldrige Performance Excellence Program as its evaluation tool. The award program helps organizations continuously strive to implement the best practices in the industry or sector. Royal plans to continue its journey to achieve the highest level of performance excellence by following the Wisconsin Forward Award path. Wisconsin Forward Award is one of 34 state-based quality programs in the country dedicated to raising productivity.A recent update to Nursing Home Compare by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designates local healthcare provider Dove Healthcare with an overall five-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 August 2017, the average star rating for Wisconsin skilled nursing facilities was 3.6 and nationally it was 3.3. More information can be found on the website.
For the third time in four award years, the N. F. Leifer Memorial Journalism Award was presented to Eau Claire Energy Cooperative’s Mary Kay Brevig, manager – communications & public Relations, by the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association recently in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The Co-op’s monthly magazine was judged consistently as the best of the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative News editors for 2016-2017. Brevig serves as editor for the local magazine pages and was also presented the award in 2013 and 2015. The Leifer award is given annually to the cooperative selected by an independent judge as having created the magazine’s best local co-op pages during the prior year.
County Materials congratulates Shawano Lawn and Stone of Shawano, Wis., PICS Inc. of Rhinelander, Wis., and TMS Landscapes Inc. of Muskego Wis., for receiving recognition in the 10th Annual Hardscape North America (HNA) Awards. Hosted by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), the awards program recognizes the best-of-the-best projects in the industry by contractors building residential and commercial walkways, patios, driveways, and commercial plaza, parking lots, streets and more. The competition pits hardscape projects from across North America against each other for top honors. This year judges select projects from a pool of a record 149 entries for their design, construction challenges and site integration. Three projects utilizing materials manufactured by County Materials were selected as top in the nation.
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals welcomed Layton Anderson to the role of chief human resources officer for both hospitals. Anderson has more than 25 years of health care experience in areas of strategic planning and implementation, development of leaders, improving engagement scores, and collaborating with physicians and colleagues. Anderson most recently served as vice president of hospital operations and outpatient services for Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Prior to his 16 years there, he served as human resources director for Riverview Healthcare Association in Crookston, MN, and prior to that, at Villa St. Vincent, a senior living campus, also in Crookston.
Michael San Juan, a registered nurse in HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s cardiology department, recently earned his Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN) accreditation. This certification is a credential granted by AACN Certification Corporation that validates a nurse’s knowledge of nursing care of acutely ill adult patients. PCCN certification promotes continuing excellence in progressive care nursing.
Country Jam USA recently announced the first wave of its 2018 line up confirmed to perform at the three-day country music festival. Performers include: Blake Shelton, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, Clay Walker, Tracy Lawrence, Aaron Tippin, Collin Raye and Sammy Kershaw. Additional acts will be announced at a later date.
Marco, a technology services provider, announced it has purchased BusinessWare Solutions, an IT services and managed print company headquartered in Hutchinson, Minnesota. They also have locations in Owatonna, Willmar and Chanhassen. BusinessWare Solutions has been providing its clients with technology solutions since 1994. Its employees have joined the Marco team and will be serving clients from each of the existing markets. Marco has 1,140 employees and serves more than 32,500 customers from its 49 locations throughout the Midwest and nationally.
SEEK Careers/Staffing, Inc. recently announced its partnership with the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce (HWCC), based in Milwaukee. SEEK will be working together with HWCC to promote employment within the Hmong community. The Hmong Chamber of Commerce provides financial and technical support for Hmong and Southeast Asian entrepreneurs desiring to build their own businesses in order to improve the economy in low-income areas. The Chamber also supports the community through business workshops, events, and one-on-one assistance. Through their partnership and combined networks, SEEK and the HWCC will expand their abilities to support the business and employment needs of their communities.
Winners of the 2017 eHealthcare Leadership Awards were recently announced at the Healthcare Internet Conference in Austin, Texas, and mayoclinichealthsystem.org twice received the highest level of recognition possible. The website received Platinum Awards for Best Overall Internet Site and Best Healthcare Content in the Healthcare System class. The site also received a Gold Award for Best Doctor Directory, a category where there were no Platinum Award winners. This is the first time Mayo Clinic Health System has received Platinum eHealthcare Leadership Award recognition. The eHealthcare Leadership Awards recognize outstanding health care websites and digital communications targeted towards consumers and health care professionals.
Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire has been re-verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, which is an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. After a rigorous on-site review, the American College of Surgeons commended Mayo Clinic Health System for its demonstrated commitment to provide superior trauma care for injured patients. To maintain verification, a review is required every three years. Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire became a Level II Trauma Center in February 1998. It was the first recognized Level II Trauma Center in the state and is the only one in northwest Wisconsin. Statewide, only 12 trauma centers are verified by the American College of Surgeons among all levels.
Azza Ahmed, M.B.B.S., recently joined the Hospital Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Ahmed completed medical school at the University of Khartoum College of Medicine in Sudan. She completed an internal medicine residency at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. Ahmed is certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Heart Association.
Cardiologist Ismail Tabash, M.D., recently joined the Cardiac Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Tabash earned his medical degree from Al-Quds University on the West Bank in Palestine. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He completed a cardiology fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia – Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. Tabash is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology and National Board of Echocardiography. He is certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Echocardiography and Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.
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