Royal Credit Union has named Cheryl Wirth regional director of branch operations. She oversees the operations of Royal Credit Union branches located in the Chippewa Valley and directly leads the performance of branch managers, ensuring excellent member service and overall success at Royal branch locations. Wirth began working for Royal in 1998 and has spent the last 18 years serving as a branch manager at RCU locations in Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire. She has also worked at Royal as a teller supervisor and assistant branch manager.
Royal Credit Union also named Amy Bauer vice president of shared project services. She is responsible for the seamless, timely, cost effective and accurate delivery of business process analysis, eLearning, and technical writing capabilities across Royal’s projects and ongoing deliverables. Bauer began working for Royal in 2007 where she served as organizational information and development manager. She has a business administration degree from UW–Stout and received her MBA at UW–Oshkosh. Bauer is a graduate of Leadership Eau Claire.
Randi Osberg of Ruder Ware LLSC has been selected as a 2015 Wisconsin Super Lawyer. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. In addition, Bryan Symes has been selected as a 2015 Wisconsin Rising Star. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital was recently recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Health Service’s Coverdell Stroke Program for becoming a Coverdell Stroke Champion. As a Coverdell Stroke Champion, the hospital continues to implement stroke quality improvement and work with emergency medical service to improve transitions of care, while sharing data and practices to improve stroke care throughout the nation.
Royal Credit Union has named Nicole Wilson vice president of organizational talent services. She is responsible for developing and executing talent management strategy in support of Royal’s core purpose and values, organizational strategy, and business goals, specifically in the areas of total rewards, performance management, attracting and retaining high impact talent, team member relations, organizational development, succession planning, corporate culture and engagement. Wilson began working for Royal in 2002 and has spent the last three years serving as its organizational talent services manager. She has a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and is a Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). Wilson graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a bachelor’s of administration degree in management-human resources. She is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Eau Claire™.
Werner Electric has entered an agreement to purchase all DS Electric Supply’s Rockwell APR and inventory. DS Electric Supply currently services areas in the following counties; parts of Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland and Vernon. DS Electric Supply will continue to service their customers in the La Crosse and Eau Claire territories with their other electrical product lines. The acquisition of DS Electric’s Rockwell APR and inventory will expand Werner’s presence in the La Crosse market. Werner Electric is headquartered in Cottage Grove, MN with branches in Eau Claire and La Crescent, Mankato, Owatonna, Rochester, and Saint Cloud, Minnesota.
The Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation recently hosted its inaugural Golden Apple Awards banquet, which celebrated one Golden Apple Award recipient from each of the 20 schools in the Eau Claire Area School District. All honorees were nominated by their peers. Each recipient will receive $500 in unrestricted grant funding to use in their schools and classrooms, and each school will also receive $500 for their greatest needs fund thanks to the sponsorship of generous businesses in the Chippewa Valley. Recipients included: Chippewa Valley Montessori: Julie Campbell; Prairie Ridge Early Learning Center: Lyn Krochmalski; McKinley Charter School: Kevin Mahoney; Memorial High School: Bev Pierson; North High School: Molly Thorp; DeLong Middle School: Lori Koepke; Northstar Middle School: Brenda Xiong; South Middle School: Steph Rowe; Davey: Beth Duellman; Flynn: Amy Detrick; Lakeshore: Abby Seveland; Locust Lane: Mary Hayes; Longfellow: Craig Hinden; Manz: Liz Mosher; Meadowview: Robin Becker; Northwoods: Vance Mead; Putnam Heights: Anne Aubart; Robbins: Jodie Baca; Roosevelt: Deb Heath; Sherman: Katie Bergeron.
HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital announced that Carolyn Craft has been named the 2015 recipient of the hospital’s Keeper of the Tradition award. Craft joined the hospital in 1991 as director of human resources. The award honors one colleague each year who carries on the traditions of Christian hospitality, servant leadership and the integration of the mission of the Hospital Sisters into his or her everyday work and service. This year marks the 13th year the hospital has given the award, which is one of the highest colleague honors at the hospital.
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital was recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. St. Joseph’s Hospital was recognized for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for the treatment of venous thromboembolism (the formation of blood clots in the vein) surgical care and immunization. The hospital is one of only 1,043 hospitals in the U.S. to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction. The program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions. This is the second year the hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer. St. Joseph’s Hospital was recognized in 2014 as a 2013 Top Performer for the treatment of pneumonia and surgical care.
Marshfield Clinic recently purchase Concert Health Resources, a Kaukauna-based wellness company. Concert Health Resources performs onsite employee biometric tests at businesses throughout northeastern Wisconsin and in 30 states. They use results from employee health screens and biometric tests to provide employee-focused health coaching. Concert Health Resources’ health screenings are customized to individuals and their companies. Concert Health Resources has two employees. Dr. John Butitta is an internal medicine physician and nutritionist and Virginia Schuller-Rach is a nurse. They formed the company 22 years ago to address demand by companies for wellness programs.
Thank you to the sponsors, volunteers and committee members who made the fall Real Life Academy a success. We had 277 students from Altoona, Fall Creek, Memorial, North and Regis high schools participate in the event on Wednesday, November 18 and experienced a day of "real life."
Mary Kay Brevig
Melissa R. Wait
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
Eau Claire Auto Group
Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
Eau Claire Police Department
Eau Claire Area School District
Global Finishing Solutions, LLC
Graystone Management, LLC
Hand in Hand: A Place For All Children
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc.
L.E. Phillips Career Development Center
Marshfield Clinic - Eau Claire Center
Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital LLC
Peoples Bank Midwest
Principal Financial Group
Royal Credit Union
Walmart - Eau Claire
Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci, S.C.
WESTconsin Credit Union
The spring Real Life Academy is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, 2016
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital recently earned the 2015 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award, which was given to hospital leaders on November 11 at the Press Ganey National Client Conference in Orlando, FL. The hospital achieved this distinction by reaching the 95th percentile for patient experience in the hospital’s emergency department for one year. The award is given annually to honor the hospitals that are in the top five percent in the country in patient satisfaction.
The Eau Claire YMCA announced that it is receiving a gift of a new eight-court tennis center from Menards. It’s proposed that this new facility will be constructed on land currently owned by the Eau Claire YMCA just west of the entrance to Carson Park on Menomonie Street. The gift would replace the current five-court LE Phillips Tennis Center on Moore Street that opened in 1972 and become known as the Menard Family YMCA Tennis Center. Before construction may begin, a final site plan needs to be developed and approved by the City Council. If all goes as planned, construction could potentially begin in Spring, 2016 with a targeted completion date of Fall, 2016.
Nurse practitioner Kelly Meinen recently joined the Hospital Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Meinen earned her master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she also received intensivist training at Vanderbilt University Hospital. Meinen is certified in adult-gerontology acute care. Hospitalists provide continuity of care for patients. Because they are located in the hospital, they are available to follow up on tests, procedures and treatments throughout a patient’s stay, and for discussion with patients and families. As a result, problems can be detected earlier, and complex medical issues can be managed better.
April Anderson was promoted to principal at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA). For more than nine years, Anderson has worked exclusively with governmental entities providing annual external audits, budget assistance and other consulting services. She has extensive experience performing single audits required by the state and federal governments. Anderson also has significant experience advising executive level management and audit committees on compliance, risk and controls.
In addition, CLA announced the hiring of Eric Winkler as a senior in the tax department, Knue Thor as a seasonal tax preparer and Lauren Bogumill as an audit intern.
The Chippewa Valley Fundraising Professionals will host its 21st Annual Celebration of Philanthropy on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Florian Gardens in Eau Claire. Several area philanthropists will be honored with the distinguished Outstanding Philanthropist Award including Jeff and Patti Darley from Chippewa County, Marilyn Fanetti from Dunn County, and Mel and Leann Breed from Eau Claire County. Also being honored is an area youth, Daniel Ivankovic, with the Outstanding Youth Philanthropist Award. Two area fundraising professionals, Aliesha Crowe, executive director of CVTC Foundation, Inc., and Sue Bornick, executive director at the Eau Claire Community Foundation, will be awarded the 2015 Bert Swanson Memorial Scholarship recipients.
Joan Coffman, president and CEO of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, has been selected by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) Nominating Committee to serve on the WHA Board of Directors for a three-year term starting January 1, 2016. She is currently a member of the WHA Council on Public Policy and is president of the WHA West Central Region and serves as a board alternate for that region. Coffman joined HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital as chief operating officer in 2008 and became president and CEO in 2010.
Eau Claire Chamber
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