ReforMedicine, a private direct pay family practice clinic on Eau Claire’s south side, has announced the addition of a provider to their team and extended hours. Christina Funk, a board certified family nurse practitioner, recently joined the ReforMedicine team. Funk earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from North Dakota State University and master’s degree from UW-Eau Claire. Most recently, Funk worked in nursing education at Chippewa Valley Technical College and as a nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in nursing practice degree from UW-Eau Claire with anticipated completion in the Spring of 2016. The ReforMedicine offices have extended their open hours to 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and open 8 a.m. to noon on the first, second and fourth Saturdays of each month.
Joan Coffman, president and CEO of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, and fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), was awarded the 2015 Wisconsin ACHE Regent Senior Executive Award today at the ACHE-WI 2015 Annual Conference. Coffman joined St. Joseph’s Hospital in 2008 as chief operating officer and was named president and CEO in April 2010. ACHE is an organization with more than 40,000 healthcare leaders from around the world who are dedicated to improving healthcare delivery. Membership gives people the opportunity to be among leaders in healthcare management, grow professionally, enjoy greater satisfaction and career potential and contribute to and give back to their profession. The Fellowship credential (FACHE) is a symbol of professionalism, ethical decision making, competence and leadership and serves as an essential qualification for executive leadership.
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are pleased to announce the following leadership appointments: Molly Lauer has been appointed as director of patient relations for HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. Lauer has served at St. Joseph’s Hospital since November 2012 with responsibility for patient experience. Julia Lyons has been appointed as executive director of case management and the clinical documentation program for HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. Lyons joined Sacred Heart Hospital in January 2013 as director of quality and moved to the two hospitals’ division oversight in July 2014.
Marco, Inc. has been named #79 on The Channel Company’s 2015 CRN Fast Growth 150 list. Based on gross revenue over the two-year period from 2012 to 2014, The Fast Growth 150 list ranks solution providers based in North America with significant economic growth. These companies have excelled in growing their operations and constantly providing essential services to their customers. Since 2010, Marco has grown from 350 employees to over 900 employees today. The company now has 42 locations with offices in Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Nebraska.
SDS Architects announced that the firm has recently been retained for the following projects: River Valley School District Study, Spring Green, WI; R. J. Jurowski construction office addition and remodel, Whitehall, Wisconsin; Heartland Contractors Projects in Eau Claire. SDS Architects has been retained to design several significant multi-family housing projects for Chippewa Valley-based Heartland Contractors. Heartland also has retained SDS Architects as designer on a commercial hangar at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.
UW-Eau Claire has welcomed Dr. Yaakov Levi as the next individual to hold the longstanding professorship funded by the L.E. Phillips Religious Studies Professor Award. Levi’s position is the university’s first and only privately sponsored visiting professorship, funded since its inception in 1976 by the L.E. Phillips Family Foundation through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. The professorship is intended to support an educator in the department of philosophy and religious studies who has expertise on the Holocaust and Jewish studies. At UW-Eau Claire, Levi teaches courses on the Old Testament and Hebrew Bible, the Holocaust and Judaism.
Monica Frederick has joined Royal Construction as vice president of business development. In her new role, Frederick will focus on building relationships with clients, consultants, industry stakeholders and supporting the organization’s business development and marketing strategy. Frederick earned her bachelor’s in political science – legal studies from UW-Eau Claire. She spent the last five years as a marketing and event specialist at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and has also worked in business development and marketing at RW Scobie and the Eau Claire YMCA.
Jim Geary has joined EO Johnson Business Technologies as director of business development. In this new role for EO Johnson, Geary will work extensively in EO Johnson’s existing and new markets to support increased sales, work closely with EO Johnson vendors/manufacturers, and work with EO Johnson’s Marketing department to further EO Johnson’s brand. Geary brings to his new position a wealth of experience within the office solutions industry. He has spent the last 29 years in technology leadership, and for the majority of that time focused on leading award-winning teams that implemented IT, print, and software integration to help customers with information workflow.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s Hearing & Balance Center has been certified as a Dementia-Friendly Community Business by the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Eau Claire County. The Hearing & Balance Center colleagues have been trained in approaching and interacting with persons with dementia and their caregivers. A recent study by Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D., at Johns Hopkins University indicates that hearing loss can be linked to the risk of dementia. “According to the study, those over 60 years of age with hearing loss are at a significantly higher risk or developing dementia,” said Shawna Lee, audiologist.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently recognized Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire as a statewide leader in worksite wellness with a Gold Level award from the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health. The award recognizes employers that promote a work environment that encourages and enables their employees to improve their health and well-being. Locally groups who have implemented health promotion programs with Group Health Cooperative have experienced lower health care costs compared to other groups, and have seen dramatic improvement in health statistics.
Pawan Karanam, M.D., an oncologist and hematologist, recently joined the Albert J. and Judith A. Dunlap Cancer Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Karanam earned his medical degree from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India. He completed a residency in radiation oncology and practiced clinical oncology for 10 years at MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Center in Hyderabad, India. After moving to the United States, Karanam completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Then, he completed hematology/oncology fellowship at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse before joining Mayo Clinic Health System. He is board-certified in internal medicine and board-eligible in medical oncology/hematology. Medical oncology specializes in treating cancer with chemotherapy. Hematology includes diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the blood.
The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation recently recognized Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire as the top health plan in their Second Quarter First Breath Enrollment Challenge. The Cooperative has already achieved 97 precent of its 2015 enrollment goal of 35 women and has enrolled 34 women into First Breath. First Breath is a program implemented by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation that is aimed at helping pregnant women quit smoking. By providing this service to its members over the last year, the Cooperative has helped 49 pregnant women quit smoking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Research has shown that women’s smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of pregnancy complications, premature delivery, low-birth-weight infants, stillbirth, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
The law firm of Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci, S.C. of Eau Claire, Wisconsin announced the return of Attorney John Robert Behling to its practice. Behling’s return comes after a one year leave of absence from the firm to work as general counsel and executive vice president of regulatory affairs for Smart Sand, Inc. Behling practices in the areas of frac sand, mining and minerals, government relations and administrative and environmental law. At the firm, he has served as the co-chair of these sections as well as the firm's vice president and member of the Management Committee. In 2012, Behling was appointed by Governor Scott Walker and unanimously confirmed by the Wisconsin Senate to a position on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. He was also unanimously elected vice president of the Board of Regents in June, 2015.
For the 21st consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report magazine has named UW-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest. The 2016 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 6 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest, and 33rd among all private and public institutions in the 12-state region. Every year since 1995, U.S. News has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top public institutions in the Midwest and in the top third of public and private Midwestern regional universities.
Mayo Clinic Health System registered nurse Connie Blazek earned the North Central Region Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing Excellence Award for 2015. The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate clinical expertise in wound, ostomy and continence care; participate in community and professional organizations; possess personal and professional qualities respected by colleagues and patients; and who contribute to the advancement of wound, ostomy and continence nursing through educating or mentoring students or new nurses. Blazek will be recognized at the WOCN North Central Region 2015 Conference in October.
Physician assistant Jennifer Dassow recently joined the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System. She will see patients in Barron, Bloomer, Eau Claire, Menomonie and Osseo. Dassow earned her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from UW-Madison and her bachelor’s degree in biology at UW-Stevens Point. She is certified in advanced cardiac life support and basic life support.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital has been designated as a Baby-Friendly birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA. This designation recognizes hospitals and birth centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies by offering the information, confidence, and skills needed for new mothers to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies. Sacred Heart Hospital is the first hospital in the Chippewa Valley region to achieve this distinction. Currently there are 287 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the U.S., and only eight in Wisconsin. The designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey has been completed.
Scott Rannila has been hired as vice president, private banking relationship manager with Associated Private Client Services. In this role he works with high-net-worth clients and their families to deliver customized, confidential and comprehensive financial solutions. Rannila brings more than 12 years of financial services experience to Associated. Most recently he served as vice president, Premier Services with BMO Harris Bank and held previous roles with M&I Bank and Bank of America. He attended Fitchburg State University where he studied business administration and management. He holds Series 6 & 63 securities licenses as well as Wisconsin state insurance licenses.
United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley announced Vicki Hoehn, vice president of community engagement at Royal Credit Union as the 2015 United Way Campaign Chair. For more than 32 years Hoehn has been a supporter and volunteer of United Way and began her one-year term as campaign chair officially on July 1, 2015. United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley also has elected five new members to its Board of Directors whose terms began in July of 2015: Dale Peters, director of human resources, risk management, purchasing and information services for the City of Eau Claire; Darrin Senn, owner of Senn Blacktop; Jen Rombalski, director of the Chippewa County Department of Public Health; Mary Jacobson of Chippewa Falls will serve at large on the advocacy committee; and Andrew Martin, leasing agent for Goldridge Capital Management, who will serve as Emerging Leaders Society Advisory Council chair.
Dustin Hurtgen has been promoted to vice present/commercial lender for Charter Bank Eau Claire. Hurtgen will continue to manage his commercial lending portfolio and also will work with business development opportunities. In addition, he is a recent graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at UW-Madison.
Charter Bank also announced that Sheila Stabe was promoted to deposit operations officer. Stabe will supervise the daily functions in the Deposit Operations Department related to ACH origination and deposit processing including account research and error resolution.
The Chippewa Valley Regional Airport (CVRA) Commission recently presented a plaque renaming the ‘Commission Meeting Room’ the ‘Duax Commission Room’. Local leader David Duax was recognized by the Airport Commission on August 21, 2015 with a plaque commemorating the naming of the Commission Meeting Room as the Duax Commission Room. The Airport Commission wanted to honor the many contributions Duax had made in support of the airport as a commissioner and as a community leader.
Nurse practitioner Angelica Larson recently joined the Allergy & Asthma Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Larson earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at UW-Eau Claire. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Larson is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as an advance practice nurse prescriber by the state of Wisconsin. Previously, Larson worked as a nurse practitioner in gastroenterology at Marshfield Clinic in Eau Claire and as a public health nurse for Trempealeau County Health Department in Whitehall.
Thomas Wagner, a physician assistant, recently joined the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System. He will see patients in Barron, Bloomer, Eau Claire, Menomonie and Osseo. Wagner earned his master’s degree in physician assistant studies from UW-Madison. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UW-Eau Claire. He also is a firefighter and first responder for Township Fire Department, serving residents in the towns of Seymour, Washington, Union, Pleasant Valley and Brunswick.
Richard “Rich” Schahczinski, RN, has been named director of the Emergency Department at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital. Schahczinski brings more than 25 years of emergency nursing experience to his new role. He most recently served as emergency department director at Montrose Memorial Hospital in Montrose, CO. He has also served as emergency department director at St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee, Illinois, and has served as a clinical resource nurse at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in the Chicago area. Schahczinski earned his nursing degree from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Joliet, Illinois. He also holds a bachelor’s in health arts and a master’s in Health Care Administration, both from St. Francis University in Joliet.
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