Gail Kinney and Jane Scheuermann have achieved the 2015 Roy and Jan Fuerstenberg Teaching Excellence Awards, Chippewa Valley Technical College’s top award for teachers. The awards were presented Aug. 20 during the second of two in-service days to start the new school year. Faculty members are nominated for the prestigious award by their students, and those honored receive cash honorariums of $1,500. Scheuermann, a former associated professor at UW-La Crosse, is a science instructor at CVTC. Kinney joined CVTC in 1990 as a prevention and intervention facilitator. She became and AODA instructor in 1994 and has also been program director since 2004.
Applied Data Consultants won the WI Innovation Award for Elite EXTRA, in the Software (Service) category. The event, the second annual, took place at Discovery World on Milwaukee’s lakefront. With a total of 33 finalists out of over 170 nominations, the awards were broken down into 10 categories, with biotech, business to business and education among them. Winners were decided by a panel of past winners and Wisconsin business leaders.
Seven UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff members were recognized for excellence during the university's academic year opening meeting on Aug. 25. Chancellor James Schmidt presented 2015 Excellence Awards to:
Each honoree received a university medallion and $1,500. All six of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation excellence awards for faculty and staff are funded by Markquart Motors and Markquart Toyota of Eau Claire. The 2015 UW System Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award nominee is funded by the Arnold and Lois Domer Foundation of Eau Claire.
Saleha Chaudhry, M.D., recently joined Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Chaudhry earned her medical and general surgery degrees from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. She completed her residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is board-certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the American Medical Association and American College of Physicians. Previously, Chaudhry worked in Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, Minnesota.
Pharmacist Michele Richmond recently was named outpatient director of Pharmacy & Home Medical at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire and Osseo. In addition, Richmond will be responsible for the oncology and outpatient infusion pharmacy and long-term care pharmacy in Eau Claire. Richmond completed her pre-pharmacy coursework at UW-Eau Claire and received her pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. Richmond has worked for Mayo Clinic Health System for eight years, including the past four as retail outpatient pharmacy manager. Previously, Richmond gained outpatient pharmacy and management experience at the Shopko pharmacy in Chippewa Falls.
Ophthalmologist Naomie Jean-Kraus Warner, D.O., has joined the Eye Care Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Warner completed her undergraduate degree in biology from St. Norbert College in De Pere and spent a semester abroad studying biology and chemistry at Lancaster University in England. She earned her medical degree from the School of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University in Iowa, where she also earned a master’s degree in health care administration. Warner completed her pre-residency fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at Michigan State University in East Lansing. She also completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus, or misaligned eyes, at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Before joining Mayo Clinic Health System, Warner completed a rotating internship and ophthalmology residency at Michigan State University/Hillsdale Community Health Center in Hillsdale.
Zachary Noland, nurse practitioner, recently joined the Radiology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. His practice will focus on interventional radiology, which uses minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat conditions, such as varicose veins, peripheral vascular disease and deep vein thrombosis. Noland earned his doctor of nursing practice and his bachelor’s degree in nursing UW-Eau Claire. He is board-certified as an adult gerontologic primary care nurse practitioner. Previously, Noland worked as a registered nurse in the post-anesthesia care unit and in pre-operative evaluation at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.
Joan Cook and Angela Hite have recently joined the HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation Leadership Council. Cook is a long-time member of the Volunteer Partners of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. She has volunteered for 19 years at the hospital’s information desk and has served on the hospital’s Volunteer Partners Board for 16 years in various positions. Cook has also served as district chair of the Partners of Wisconsin Hospital Association. Hite is the community relations director for Dove Healthcare & Associates. Hite is active in professional and civic organizations, including United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce and the Eau Claire Noon Rotary. HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation Leadership Council provides the local leadership, oversight and direction for fund development strategy and implementation in support of the hospital’s health care ministry through philanthropy.
Sister M. Peter Lillian Di Maria, O.Carm, recently was awarded the fourth-annual Father Lawrence Dunklee Excellence in Ethics Award at the sold-out 2015 Excellence in Ethics Symposium, which took place at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. The award, given annually at the hospital’s Ethics Symposium and named after the late Father Dunklee – founder of the hospital’s Center for Spiritual Care – is designed to highlight the deep connection between the Catholic Church and the ministry of health care in the field of ethics. The annual winner of the award exemplifies Father Dunklee’s spirit and devotion to the field of Catholic health care ethics. This year’s award recipient, Sister M. Peter Lillian Di Maria, O.Carm, has more than 35 years of experience in the continuum care ministry as a Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm. Sister holds a bachelor’s in secondary education and currently holds three state licenses as a nursing home administrator.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that for the first time, starting July 2015, star ratings on Home Health Agencies are available on Home Health Compare, the agency’s public information website. HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Home Health recently earned an overall 3.5 stars in the rating system and was rated above the national benchmark in indicators such as timely initiation of care, drug education on all medications, improvement in getting in and out of bed, and reduction in hospitalizations. CMS’ goal for the star rating is to help provide consumers with an easier understanding of and comparison in the quality of skilled home health care provided by agencies. The star ratings use a subset of the current 27 quality measures already publicly reported on Home Health Compare.
Two HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital colleagues have recently earned advanced certifications. Darcy Clements, Pharm D., in the hospital’s pharmacy department, recently earned her board certified pharmacotherapy specialist certification. Pharmacotherapy specialists are responsible for ensuring the safe, appropriate and efficient use of drugs in patient care. They are also responsibility for direct patient care, often functioning as a member of a multidisciplinary team and are frequently the primary source of pharmaceutical information for other healthcare professionals. Todd Edgar, RN, in the hospital’s surgical services department, has recently earned his CNOR certification. CNOR certification is the documented validation of the professional achievement of identified standards of practice by an individual registered nurse providing care for patients before, during and after surgery. CNOR-certified nurses are recognized internationally for providing the highest quality of care to patients in the perioperative setting.
Marco, Inc. announced it has been named North Central Partner of the Year by Microsoft’s US Small & Mid-sized Business (SMB) Champions Club. The award recognizes the US SMB Champions Club partner who has demonstrated significant Microsoft SMB sales and year-over-year SMB revenue growth with North Central SMB customers. The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to equip organizations that deliver products and services through the Microsoft platform with the training, resources and support they need to provide their customers superior experience and outcomes.
Bob Dubiel, senior project coordinator for Construction Services for Mayo Clinic Health System in northwestern Wisconsin, recently was recognized as a certified health care constructor by the American Hospital Association Certification Center. Dubiel has been a Mayo Clinic Health System employee for the past 20 years. For more than 15 years, he was director of Facilities/Environmental Services. Dubiel has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from UW-Stout. He is a member of the Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association and the National Fire Protection Association. He also has received certification in facilities management from the American Society of Healthcare Engineering.
The law firm of Weld, Riley, Prenn and Ricci, S.C. is pleased to announce that Attorney MaiVue K. Xiong has been elected shareholder of the firm. Xiong, a member of the Business section, joined the firm in 2010. She advises clients in business transactions, including business formations and sales, banking and financing services, real estate, landlord/tenant and intellectual property law. Prior to joining Weld, Riley, Xiong worked for The Honorable Joan H. Lefkow, District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. She also worked for the Wisconsin Department of Justice and volunteered for the Legal Information Center in Madison. For her volunteer work, she received the Wisconsin Asian Bar Association Community Award. Xiong received her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Dove Healthcare announced it has changed the name of their skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. The three Eau Claire and two Chippewa Falls facilities are under common, private ownership and have always been, collectively, Dove Healthcare. This change is meant to better reflect that affiliation and unite all locations in preparation for company growth this fall. Effective August 3, facility names in Eau Claire were changed to Dove Healthcare - South Eau Claire; Dove Healthcare - West Eau Claire; and Dove Healthcare - Orchard Hills Assisted Living. In Chippewa Falls, facility names changed to Dove Healthcare - Wissota Health & Regional Vent Center and Dove Healthcare - Rutledge Home.
Pharmastar, LLC has named Luke Johnson as clinical pharmacy manager. Johnson brings years of experience from pharmacies in the Chippewa Valley. He earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from University of Wisconsin–Madison. Johnson’s core responsibilities at Pharmastar include ensuring that appropriate clinical programs are designed, implemented, maintained and updated. He will act as a manager and coordinator of the clinical relationship with Pharmastar clients.
Dean Mathwig has joined Insty-Prints of Western Wisconsin as marketing coordinator and account manager. Mathwig will plan and oversee efforts to connect with current and potential clients, including local and regional businesses, institutions and non-profit organizations, in order to help them increase their brand awareness and offer solutions to grow their business. A marketing and communications professional for nearly 30 years, Mathwig has served with a number of local organizations, including Mayo Health System, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Community Health Partnership and Asher Lasting Exteriors.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin announced that Jamie Nelson has joined the organization as community development manager. This newly created role will serve as the lead strategist for agency-wide fundraising-event management and volunteer recruitment. Nelson brings with her a wealth of experience making her aptly suited for this new role. She holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and theatre from the UW-Superior. For the past five years, Nelson has had direct responsibility in volunteer recruitment, event management and fundraising to ensure the continued success of Relay for Life. In her position at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Nelson will be providing direct support to all regions while playing strategic point on all Chippewa Valley and Dunn region fundraising events.
Lang Jacobson, M.D., has joined the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Jacobson received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. Before completing his residency and joining Mayo Clinic Health System, Jacobson was stationed in Japan as a general medical officer in the United States Navy and was deployed to Afghanistan where he served as senior medical officer. He is a member of the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is board-eligible in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Scott Spritzer, D.O., has joined the Neurology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. He will provide care for patients with epilepsy and other neurological conditions. Spritzer received his medical degree from the Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. He completed a neurology residency program at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona. Spritzer also completed an epilepsy fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and electroencephalography at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Scottsdale. He is certified in neurology and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Epilepsy Society and the American Medical Association.
Physician assistant Erica Vogel recently joined Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Vogel earned her bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies, both at UW-Madison. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. She has special interests in wellness and women’s health.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is among a select group of hospitals and transplant centers nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching the Gold Level of achievement by conducting activities that promoted enrollment in state organ donor registries. This marks the second year the hospital has achieved Gold Level. Sacred Heart Hospital is part of the national Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Campaign, sponsored by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Of the 1,658 hospitals and transplant centers enrolled in the campaign, 355 were awarded the Gold Level of achievement during this phase of the campaign.
Culver’s restaurants nationwide recently said thank you to their local FFA Chapter or agriculture organization through Culver’s Thank You Farmers - Scoops of Thanks fundraiser. Through the Scoops of Thanks fundraiser, guests who donated $1.00 to their local FFA or agriculture organization received a scoop of custard. Over $40,000 was raised to help create awareness and generate support of local FFA and agriculture organizations.
U.S. Bank has named Therese Pershall-Birmingham market president in Eau Claire. Pershall-Birmingham will assume market leader responsibilities for Eau Claire and will maintain her role overseeing its private banking group. She also will represent U.S. Bank in a leadership role within the community. Pershall-Birmingham has been with U.S. Bank since 2007, and with the company in Eau Claire since 2008. Previously, she worked for U.S. Bank in Fargo, North Dakota. Pershall-Birmingham earned a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead where she studied finance, psychology and gerontology. She is a member of the Women’s Giving Circle of the Community Foundation of Dunn County, and treasurer of the CJ Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of the Chippewa Valley.
EO Johnson Business Technologies, a leading business technologies company, and Sterling Water Culligan, provider of quality water treatment, announce the sale of EO Johnson’s Pure Water® Technology Division to Sterling Water. Finalized July 31, 2015, the sale fits both companies’ strategic plans for growth. The deal allows Sterling Water to provide more extensive point-of-use water system product offerings and aids EO Johnson in focusing on its core business technologies offerings and IT services. As part of the transition, Sterling Water welcomes Pure Water® Technology’s three employees – Division Manager Pat Brogan and water installers Mike Fox and Randy Boneske – to its team.
Pending state approval, Dove Healthcare will become the licensed operator of Mayo Clinic Health System nursing homes and assisted living facilities in northwest Wisconsin with plans to construct new buildings in the area in the future. The transfer of operations, planned for Oct. 1, 2015, will affect Mayo Clinic Health System nursing homes in Barron, Bloomer and Osseo, as well as its assisted living facilities in Barron and Osseo. Dove Healthcare will work closely with the 135 affected employees and Mayo Clinic Health System to assist with continuing employment, either with Dove Healthcare or within another Mayo Clinic Health System entity. Dove Healthcare’s plans to build new facilities in Rice Lake, Osseo, and Bloomer will increase skilled nursing beds by 51 and assisted living units by 10 in northwest Wisconsin.
Eau Claire based PESI, Inc. has entered into an agreement with Cross Country Healthcare, Inc., to purchase Cross Country Education. The sale of Cross Country Education will be completed in September 2015 and will combine more than 50 years of serving a wide variety of professionals. Cross Country Education employs 52 staff in Brentwood, Tenn. PESI is excited to welcome all Cross Country Education employees to the PESI family to continue developing and producing high-quality educational products and services.
Feather Communications’ website, www.feather-communications.com, has been voted as one of the Top Career Websites for 2015 by Career Igniter. The top 45 websites were chosen, with representation mainly from the United States and additional sites from Denmark and the United Kingdom. Selection factors included level of usable information, how the site assists job seekers, and overall value related to resumes, career coaching, and employment advice. Various sources were used to compile a Career Igniter score for each website on the list. Sources included Alexa, Page Authority (PA), Domain Authority (DA), Klout Score, and the number of Twitter Followers.
Heartland Contractors Inc. has hired Justin Utpadel as its new project developer for its commercial building and excavation divisions based out of Chippewa Falls. Utpadel will be responsible for helping Heartland Contractors grow its client base and develop new business throughout the Midwest. Utpadel recently joined the Heartland team with more than 16 years of construction experience in both the commercial and civil industries. He graduated UW-Stout with a bachelor’s degree in construction and began his construction management career in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
WESTconsin Credit Union was a recipient of the 2014 Platinum Million Dollar Lender Award, which 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 2014, WESTconsin Credit Union utilized more than $5 million of GRH program funds by financing home purchases to help moderate income families in Wisconsin. Nearly 3,300 families across Wisconsin were able to purchase a home last year through the GRH loan program, totaling nearly $414.6 million.
Bruce Ommen, PE has been named executive vice president at Ayres Associates. He joins Thomas Pulse and executive vice presidents Jan Zander and Richard Schoenthaler to form the engineering/architectural consulting firm’s executive committee. Ommen will continue to serve as vice president of the firm’s Wisconsin and Arizona transportation operations in addition to overseeing the architecture and Wisconsin engineering services divisions. He joined Ayres Associates in 1990, initially designing bridges and performing construction observation for the transportation structures division. Ommen, who is a stockholder in the firm, has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Florida. He has been involved in the American Council of Engineering Companies and the Eau Claire County Safety Commission.
Environments announced that Ashlee Casey has joined their team as an interior designer. Casey brings with her more than seven years within the design and space planning arena. Her responsibilities include space planning, design, specifying and estimating. She works directly with the business development managers and clients to help achieve their design goals for interior spaces. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interior architecture from UW-Stevens Point.
Market Sector Leader Michael Clark, who joined ADG Architects in May, will lead project management and support from the Minneapolis area office, pertaining primarily to projects for Five Bugles Design, the emergency service facilities division of ADG Architects. Clark’s 28 year career has focused almost exclusively on projects in the public sector and includes management positions with prominent architectural firms. ADG and Five Bugles look forward to his professional contributions in programming, planning and architectural design of Public Safety Facilities with an emphasis on Law Enforcement and Fire Departments, as well as Municipal and Governmental Facilities.
Pulmonologist Joseph Kojo Kittah, M.D., recently joined the Pulmonology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. In addition, he will care for patients in the Critical Care Unit and provide sleep medicine consultations. Kittah earned his medical degree from the University of Ghana. He received his residency training at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and with the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana. Kittah is board-certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine, and board-eligible in critical care medicine and sleep medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He also is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society and American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire recently was recognized for exceptional care for heart attack patients by earning a gold award from the American College of Cardiology and a silver award from the American Heart Association. The ACC’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Achievement Award recognizes commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It signifies that Mayo Clinic has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.
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