The multi-specialty engineering firm Ayres Associates and Cartegraph, a leader in high-performance government software and services, recently announced a partnership to help clients get a better handle on the condition of their infrastructure assets and plan for the future. Using Ayres Associates’ engineering expertise and geospatial services to supplement Cartegraph’s web-based asset and work management tools, the two companies will assess the current condition of communities’ roads, sewer systems, water supply systems and more, while also efficiently tracking local government resources, performing risk assessments and assisting with budget forecasting.
The Wisconsin Hospital Association recently nominated Joan Coffman, president and CEO of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, to receive the American Hospital Association (AHA) Grassroots Champion Award for her service and efforts. Coffman’s most recent advocacy activities include her involvement in Governor Walker’s Opioid Task Force and attending the AHA Governing Council for Small and Rural Hospitals meeting in Portland, OR, where the discussion focused on hospitals against violence. Coffman has recently been appointed to the WHA’s Subcommittee on Healthcare Reform. She currently serves on WHA’s Board of Directors, helping guide the association’s work. She is also the chair-elect to AHA’s Section on Small or Rural Hospitals. Coffman regularly participates in WHA grassroots advocacy initiatives, including Advocacy Day, promoting the WHA grassroots program, hosting local legislators and more.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital was recently among only 15 hospitals in the state to be recognized by University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation for the hospital’s ongoing commitment to saving and improving lives through organ and tissue donation. The hospital received the University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation’s Silver Award of Hope, which recognizes the comprehensive work of hospitals that achieve the goals of two important measures that maximize the gift of life: the true conversion rate, which measures the percent of medically eligible donors that become actual donors; and organs transplanted per donor, which measures the average number of organs recovered from each donor.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) a Smart Manufacturing and Resources for Transforming the Future (SMART Future) grant in June, first announced by Congressman Ron Kind’s office on June 12. CVTC applied for the nearly $900,000 grant in order to partner with rural high schools to incorporate industrial automation and networking principles into the high school curriculum. Menomonie, Durand, Owen-Withee and Greenwood high schools will also be able to start extracurricular robotics clubs; teachers will receive extra training at CVTC; and students will be able to earn industry-recognized credentials before they graduate.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the largest fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin, raised more than $214,000 at their 2017 events. Over 1,000 people raised money and took to the lanes to support mentoring in the Northwestern Wisconsin. The signature fundraising event raises nearly a third of the budget for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate. All of the money raised stays local and helps children to be matched with an adult mentor. Proceeds from the events will fund volunteer background checks, participant interviews, and on-going match support provided to each volunteer and family.
Namrata Mehta, M.D., recently joined Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Mehta completed medical school at State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine in Syracuse. She has 14 years of experience in family medicine. Mehta is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Rahul Sehgal, M.D., recently joined the Rheumatology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Sehgal earned his medical degree at the University College of Medical Sciences in India. He completed his internal medicine residency at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York, and a rheumatology fellowship at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York. He is a member of the American College of Rheumatology and the American College of Physicians. He also is fluent in Hindi.
Ten area communities in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties have approved the installation of Born Learning Trails in their area parks. Born Learning Trails are research-based outdoor activity paths for parents and caregivers to walk through with their young children to encourage them to talk, listen, read, think, imagine and create. These trails support United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley’s Successful Children’s Network initiative, which brings programs and resources together to ensure all children enter school ready to succeed.
In addition to commercial security officer and electronic security solutions, Per Mar recently has expanded its monitored home security services to include smart home automation. With smart home automation features like Lyric, the latest and most reliable wireless security and home control system, and Total Connect, which lets you stay connected to your home, no matter where you are, peace of mind is just a tap on the touchscreen away. Another new service is Skybell, a smart video doorbell allowing you to answer your door from anywhere with a smartphone.
S.C. Swiderski, LLC announced three additions to the Leasing Department. The Leasing Department oversees the management of S.C. Swiderski’s real estate portfolio which includes multi-family properties the company has built throughout Wisconsin. Lori Minnihan was promoted to leasing assistant. Minnihan joined the company as a receptionist and recently moved into her new position. In her new role, she is the first point of contact for tenants. Jerry Bruss joined the company as site manager of Willow Estates in Plover. Bruss has a business degree from Madison Area Technical College and two years of experience in customer service and management. Ali Montalbano was named leasing assistant and site manager. She manages four Central Wisconsin apartment sites. She also handles tenant communication and administrative tasks in the corporate office. Montalbano has three years of experience in property management and is pursuing her degree in business and property management.
Jennifer McHugh of Royal Credit Union became a credit union development educator (CUDE) after being guided by dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation). A total of 48 credit union professionals received their CUDE designation. DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. During the recent week-long program, participants were involved in group exercises, field trips, discussions with speakers from around the credit union system, and are required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area.
The UW System Board of Regents elected a new Board president: John Robert Behling. Regent Behling has served as the vice president for the Board since 2015, and will begin his term as president last week. At age 46, Behling is the youngest president- elect, as well as the first Board president from the Chippewa Valley, where he is an attorney with the Eau Claire law firm Weld Riley, S.C. At the firm, Behling serves as the firm’s vice president and chairs Weld Riley’s government and administrative law practice.
Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a period of two years.
The Eau Claire Community Foundation awarded $118,441 in grants through its 2017 competitive grant cycle. In this grant cycle, the Foundation received 65 grant applications and was able to fully or partially fund 51 of them. These awards bring the Foundation’s current 2017 disbursements through competitive and Donor-Advised granting to more than $2.1 million, including more than $1.9 million in support of the Confluence Project.
Peoples Bank Midwest recently recognized Donnie Magadance on her retirement. She had worked at the bank for 22 years.
The Carson Park Baseball Stadium Renovation Project is a partnership between the City of Eau Claire, the users of the stadium, and the many supporters of baseball in the Chippewa Valley. The Eau Claire Community Foundation is accepting donations for the Project. Renovation plans include:
• Permanent bleacher seating along both sides of the stadium
• Expanded dugouts and artificial turf
• New restrooms and concession areas
• Enlarged plaza area
The estimated cost of these improvements is $3.5 million, with the city covering half of the costs. The balance, ($1.75 million), will be provided by the users, area businesses, and individual donations. Project organizers encourage everyone to consider contributing to this Project. With strong community support, the renovations will commence following the 2017 baseball season. Online donations can be made on the Carson Park Baseball Stadium Renovation Fund page of the Eau Claire Community Foundation website at www.eccommunityfoundation.org.
CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named EO Johnson Business Technologies’ Locknet® Managed IT Services to its 2017 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s predominant channel partner award list, serving as the industry standard for recognition of the most successful solution provider companies in the channel since 1995.
The 21st Annual Breakfast in the Valley was a big success thanks to more than 80 sponsors and over 300 volunteers. This year, we served 3,350 people from 5 to 10 a.m.! This event would not be possible without the Chamber members who volunteered to serve the breakfast and the Breakfast in the Valley committee that worked for several months to plan the breakfast.
A special thanks to the early risers who helped get the breakfast running whether it was making coffee, firing up the skillets, directing traffic or serving guests. We appreciate those that brought a whole team from their company. We hope it was a good team building event! We also want to thank those that came for the less exciting part of the day, clean up! Thanks to everyone for making the breakfast a great success. Save the date for the 21st Annual Breakfast in the Valley on June 8, 2018.
Breakfast in the Valley Committee
Bob Bosold, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Mary Kay Brevig, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
Nikki Crotteau, Eau Claire Co-op Oil/Chippewa Valley Energy
Jenn Engaldo, Kwik Trip - Otter Rd
Eve Fischer, Marshfield Clinic - Eau Claire Center
Christine Gimber, Weld Riley, S.C.
Dave Graham, Northwest Enterprises
Ricki Gudis, Kwik Trip - Otter Rd
Mark Hagedorn, Eau Claire County
Jim Hager, WRR Environmental Services Co., Inc.
Nick Heike, Heike Law Offices, LLC
Steve Hunsley, Eau Claire Co-op Oil/Chippewa Valley Energy
Nick Meyer, Volume One
Nicholas Mohr, Rhom Construction LLC
Jennifer Roetter, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Nate Rosenthal, JH Findorff
Brian Schneider, WRR Environmental Services Co., Inc.
Jon M. Schultz, City of Eau Claire
Mary Stabenow, Nohre & Company, S.C., CPA's
LaVern L. Stewart, LL Stewart, Inc. & American Realty Partner
Michael Stoffel, Ayres Associates
Pat Sturz, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP
Jodi Thesing-Ritter, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Adam Wehling, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Justin Zoromski, Woita & Associates
Platinum Sponsor: Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
Click here to see all the breakfast sponsors!
Per Mar Security Services, a leading provider of total security solutions for residential and commercial clients based in Davenport, IA, was named the 2016 Salient Regional Dealer of the Year for the Midwest Region. This award recognizes the top dealer in the Midwest Region who sells more than $500,000 in equipment. Per Mar was also named a Diamond Level Dealer with Salient for selling over $500,000 in equipment. Only a few Salient dealers reach Diamond Level Dealer status.
USDA Rural Development Acting State Director, Dave Schwobe, named WESTconsin Credit Union as a recipient of the 2016 Platinum Million Dollar Lender Award. The Award is presented each year to lenders who have partnered with, and made a significant contribution to, supporting Wisconsin rural residents looking to become homeowners through the USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing (GRH) Program. In fiscal year 2016, WESTconsin Credit Union utilized more than $6 million of GRH program funds by financing home purchases to help moderate-income families in Wisconsin. Nearly 2,400 families across Wisconsin were able to purchase a home last year through the GRH loan program, totaling nearly $318 million.
Prevea Health now offer women’s care services to the communities of Eau Claire and Menomonie, in addition to Chippewa Falls. Prevea Women’s Care offers a wide variety of care for women of all ages and in all stages of life. Services range from routine physicals to pregnancy care, urogynecology and menopause care, and are provided by a team of experienced and board-certified OB/GYNs: Dr. Rebecca England, Dr. Amy Lysyand and Dr. Michael Tiffany.
Junior Achievement welcomes Debi Waldusky, Financial Advisor at Edwards Jones to Junior Achievement Board of Directors. Debi Waldusky joined Edward Jones as a Financial Advisor in August 2011. As a financial advisor, Debi helps people plan for retirement, save for college for children or grandchildren, and protect their financial future. Debi has been active in business and civic affairs for many years as a member of the Chippewa Falls Rotary Club, Lake Wissota Lions Club, Chippewa Falls Chamber, St. Joseph’s Foundation Council, and National Association of Professional Women.
Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital recently earned a three-year accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. Veterinary hospitals are evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence in order to become accredited. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. AAHA Standards of Accreditation are continuously reviewed and updated to keep accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence. AAHA standards address patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology and continuing education. To maintain accredited status, hospitals undergo comprehensive on-site evaluations every three years. Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital has been an AAHA accredited hospital since 1999.
Edina Realty, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, is pleased to announce the addition of the following agents to our Chippewa Valley office.
Royal Credit Union (Royal) has named Lawrence Lightfield vice president-business loan officer. In this role, he is responsible for servicing existing business member credit and other financial needs. He also will solicit new business members to help grow the credit union. Lightfield comes to Royal with many years of experience in business lending. He has worked as an agricultural lender and business lender at Pierce County Bank & Trust and Hiawatha National Bank, respectively. Most recently, however, he spent the past 11 years as a business lender at Bremer Bank in Menomonie.
Prevea Health recently opened its newest location in Western Wisconsin: Prevea Hamilton Health Center at 703 West Hamilton Ave. in Eau Claire. Prevea Hamilton Health Center offers Prevea Women’s Care and Prevea WorkMed. Prevea Women’s Care services are provided by a team of three experienced, board-certified OB/GYNs: Dr. Amy Lysy, Dr. Rebecca England and Dr. Michael Tiffany.Prevea WorkMed, previously located inside HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, is now located at Prevea Hamilton Health Center to continue to offer a variety of high-quality occupational health services.
Prevea Health also announced the upcoming release of Prevea Gets Cooking with Cobb: Randall’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Recipes, a cookbook done in partnership with professional athlete, Randall Cobb. The cookbook is a compilation of recipes grouped into categories of healthy, 5 to 15-minute meals, 20 to 30-minute meals, 45 to 60-minute meals and snacks and desserts. It will be released Tuesday, June 6 and sold at area Festival Foods for $12.50. Proceeds from all book sales will benefit HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital and Ben’s Wish.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.