Recently, the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA) named Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire the winner in a wellness challenge that attracted the state’s most active and wellness-focused companies. The challenge, WELCOA’s Most Active Companies, engaged participating employees in activity time tracking, weekly challenges and quizzes and online team interaction and support. Ninety-three percent of Group Health Cooperative employees participated in the challenge logging more than 4,000 hours of physical activity.
Partners across the University of Wisconsin System recently established the Regional Materials and Manufacturing Network (RM2N) [http://wiscmat.org/]. The network is currently developing features on this website to allow academic and industrial partners from all over Wisconsin to list and search for the resources they have and need to advance materials science and engineering through both academic research and the development of new products. The initial member campuses in the network are UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville and UW-Stout. The network will help all the institutions involved expand their efforts and make the most of what’s already here in the state.
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital physicians, leaders and clinicians gathered recently to celebrate the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence award for the second year in a row. This award was given to HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine recently received the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence award for the second year in a row. The Hospital’s Wound Care Center, which met the Center of Distinction quality standards for Healogics, Inc., was one of 88 centers in the nation that qualified for the Center of Excellence award. The center also received its third Center of Distinction award for meeting the quality standards set by Healogics. Over the past two years, the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine has achieved patient satisfaction rates of 94 percent and a healing rate of 93.5 percent in 21 days, among other quality standards.
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Radiology Services passed its annual Mammography Quality Standards Act inspection this month, received no recommendations for improvement and has been recertified. To operate lawfully, a mammography facility must be MQSA certified as providing quality mammography services. For a facility to be certified, it must be accredited by a federally approved private nonprofit or state accreditation body. The facility also must undergo an annual inspection conducted by federally trained and certified federal or state personnel. St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Radiology Services is inspected and certified each year.
Igor Dumic, M.D., recently joined Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire as a hospitalist. A hospitalist is a physician who is dedicated full time to taking care of patients admitted to the hospital. Dumic earned his medical degree at Belgrade University School of Medicine in Serbia. He completed an internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Before he earned his medical degree, he attended nursing school and worked as a registered nurse in Serbia. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, Society of Critical Care Medicine and Society of Hospital Medicine.