Prevea welcomes new nurse practitioner to Chippewa Falls
Chippewa Falls – Prevea Health is pleased to welcome Bethany Schilling, APNP, FNP-BC to its team of family medicine providers caring for children and adults in Chippewa Falls.
Bethany, a board-certified family nurse practitioner, specializes in the following:
“Meeting each patient where they are, listening to concerns and providing education to help them determine and achieve their individual health care goals is an important part of providing high quality care,” said Bethany. “I strive for prevention of acute and chronic health conditions as well as management of existing conditions to help prevent future complications.”
Before joining Prevea Family Medicine, Bethany was part of the Prevea Urgent Care team for three years. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She also received certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest certification body for advanced practice registered nurses in the United States.
Bethany joins Drs. Danielle Helmick, Steven Steinmetz, Matthew Tomcik and Berkin Ulgen at the Prevea Chippewa Falls Health Center.
Appointments with Bethany at the Prevea Chippewa Falls Health Center can be made by calling (715) 723-9138 or online at www.prevea.com.
About Prevea Health
Founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, Prevea Health is a health care organization that provides high-quality, primary and specialty health care in 80+ locations across Northern, Eastern and Western Wisconsin in clinic and hospital settings. It is partnered with six Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin to provide patients a system of highly-coordinated care, close to home: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart -Hospital in Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.
WESTconsin Credit Union Hosts Annual Meeting Virtually; Announces Board of Directors
WESTERN WI--WESTconsin Credit Union held its 81st Annual Membership Meeting on March 30, 2021. In light of ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, the credit union held the meeting virtually via Microsoft Teams. During the meeting, Board Chairperson Gerald Wolf provided a review of the Board activities and highlights for 2020. Lora Benrud, Chief Executive Officer, reviewed the financial statement and annual report. Rita Lunderville provided the Audit Committee Report, followed by the announcement of the Board election results by Karen Flug.
Prior to the annual meeting, members voted in the election process of two Board of Directors’ positions. The following individuals have been elected as Board Officers:
In addition to those already mentioned, Board Members include Todd Leipnitz, Dale Dahlke, and Colleen Mensing. The WESTconsin Credit Union Board of Directors and leadership team extend their thanks to retiring Board Member Rita Lunderville, as well as the members who participated in the election process and annual meeting during this unique time.
David Johns Joins the Prevail Bank Bank Management Team
Prevail Bank is excited to announce that David Johns has recently joined the Eau Claire team as our new Chief Retail Officer. David brings with him 15 years of experience in the financial industry, along with an outstanding track record of customer service, leadership, and financial management.
“David John’s will be a great addition to the Prevail Bank team. His professional experience, energetic attitude, and excitement towards the Prevail Bank brand and vision make him a perfect fit for this new role. We are looking forward to new ideas he will bring to continue to help our customers Pursue what’s Possible,” states Nathan Quinnell, President of Prevail Bank.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital launches neonatal virtual care with Children’s Minnesota
Eau Claire, WI – HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is now delivering more resources and expertise than ever before when it comes to caring for newborns. It has just launched neonatal virtual care services inside its Women and Infants Center in partnership with Children’s Minnesota, home to a neonatal team of experts caring for extremely premature babies born across three sites in St. Paul, Minneapolis and Coon Rapids.
The neonatal virtual care features technology that allows HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital patients, families and the maternal care team to see, hear and communicate with newborn specialists at Children’s Minnesota Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This new service allows our hospital to provide an enhanced level of care for babies who experience an unexpected medical complication that requires critical attention after delivery, such as breathing difficulties.
“The addition of this technology means we can expedite and collaborate on the highest level of care for the precious little ones who need it most,” said HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Women and Infants Center Manager, Maria Green. “Providing care close to home is important to us and this partnership allows us to bring specially trained neonatologists from one of the country’s most highly regarded hospitals to baby’s bedside in Eau Claire in minutes while also collaborating with our hospital care team and baby’s family.”
Disney Publishing Shares the Love of Reading by Sending One Million Books to Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Disney Publishing is doing their part to encourage kids and families to come together and share their love of reading, with its first-ever Summer Reading List. To help ensure that more readers have access to books this summer and beyond, and as part of Disney’s commitment to inspiring the next generation of storytellers, Disney Publishing is donating one million books to Boys & Girls Clubs of America across the country!
This spring Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley received 11,343 books totaling $137,350 worth of summer reading materials. Our outreach through our Club sites in Black River Falls – Lunda Center, Chippewa Falls, Lee & Mary Markquart Center in Eau Claire and Menomonie, totals more than 8650 kids! The goal is to get books into each kid’s hand, additionally each Club is connecting with school partners to distribute Disney books to them as well.
Wisconsin's Public Radio
National Poetry Month On Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Spectrum West”
Eau Claire, Wis. - Former Wisconsin Poet Laureate and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire English professor Max Garland stops by to celebrate April’s National Poetry Month festivities with host Al Ross at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 15 on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls.
Eau Claire-based group The Jim Pullman Band has just released a new album, “Go On Boldly.” Pullman joins the program to talk about their music, his career and their upcoming Pablo Streams performance.
The spring 2021 showcase “Music Legacies” is fully virtual this year for the Stand in the Light Memory Choir. Director Cathy Reitz joins Ross to break down planning the event and the music involved.
Isa Small, director of programming and communications services at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, concludes the program. She will discuss the major renovations set to take place at the library over the coming months, as well as their new temporary location on Mall Drive.
“Spectrum West” is a weekly program exploring the music, arts and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show is broadcast at 10 a.m. Thursdays on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie/Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls and streamed live at wrfw887.com/listen-live. It’s also heard at 7 p.m. Fridays on NPR News & Music stations 89.7/Eau Claire and 90.7/Menomonie. Archives of “Spectrum West” are available at wpr.org/programs/spectrum-west-al-ross.
Anti-Asian American Racism On Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The West Side"
Eau Claire, Wis. - Anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander racism is the topic western Wisconsin on “The West Side” at 10 a.m. Friday, April 16 on The Ideas Network stations of Wisconsin Public Radio: 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls.
Host Clara Neupert and her guests Mai Xiong, vice chair of the Governor Tony Evers’ Equity and Inclusion Council, formerly an Eau Claire City Council member, and Yee Leng Xiong, executive director at the Hmong American Center in Wausau and Marathon County board supervisor will address the area’s history of anti-Asian racism and today's racial violence and will explore community healing and solutions.
“The West Side” is broadcast each Friday at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls and live streamed at wrfw887.com/listen-live.html. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at (800) 228-5615, or email the show at email@example.com. Archives of “The West Side” are available at wpr.org/programs/west-side.
About Wisconsin Public Radio
For over 100 years, Wisconsin Public Radio has served the people of Wisconsin with quality news, music, talk and entertainment. On air, online and in the community - we work for Wisconsin. WPR is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Listen, learn more and donate at www.wpr.org.
Walk-ins Welcome at UWEC Zorn Arena Vaccination Site Beginning Friday April 16th
Eau Claire, WI- April 15, 2020 – Walk-ins are welcome to get vaccinated at the UWEC Zorn Arena COVID19 clinic beginning Friday, April 16th. Walk-in hours are Tuesday – Saturdays from 3:00 to 6:30pm. Beginning April 29th, walk-in hours will start at 11 am. Appointments through vaccinate.wi.gov are still preferred and will guarantee that you get a vaccine. By accepting walk-ins, we hope it is easier for some people to get their vaccine.
“We encourage everyone that can get a vaccine to do so. The COVID-19 vaccine helps to prevent you from getting seriously sick from COVID-19. Protecting yourself also protects the people around you, like those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or those who can’t get vaccinated — like infants and young children,” says Lieske Giese, Director/Health Officer.
Ashley Construction - Youth Build Project
Ashley Construction employees are volunteering their time and labor to assist in constructing the second home being built by area youth participating in Workforce Resource’s U.S. Department of Labor YouthBuild program. Ashley Construction is a family-owned and operated custom home builder serving Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Altoona and surrounding areas.
The YouthBuild program is a community-based alternative education program for low-income out-of-school youth between the ages of 16 and 24 providing youth with leadership development, education and employment opportunities in in-demand industries and apprenticeship pathways. The YouthBuild model balances project-based academic learning and occupational skills training to prepare disadvantaged youth for career placement. While working side-by-side with Ashley Construction volunteers, youth are exposed to, trained in and engaged in hands-on experience in all facets of the home construction industry.
The home, located at 910 Bluff View in Chippewa Falls, supports the goal of increasing affordable housing within communities by teaching youth construction skills learned by building homes for sale or rent to low-income families or transitional housing for homeless families or individuals. According to Jessica Oleson-Bue, Executive Director of Chippewa County Housing Authority, “The YouthBuild program has provided an outstanding opportunity for the development of affordable housing in our community. We have a family that is expecting to purchase and move into the property in July.” She added, “We are grateful to Ashley Construction for their assistance in helping us make progress toward our goal of completing the house by the end of June.”
Workforce Resource welcomes others with experience in home construction to participate in this worthwhile project. For more information about the YouthBuild program and opportunities to volunteer in the construction of this home, contact Michaela Stendahl @ 715 225 4768 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HSHS hospitals encourage families to discuss health care decisions sooner, rather than later: April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day
Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, WI – Each year in mid-April families are encouraged to have the often-difficult conversation with their loved ones about health care decision-making. Putting your wishes in writing is one of the most important things you can do.
“Decisions around advance directives, living wills and naming a health care power of attorney now while you are healthy and cognitively able can help ensure you get the medical care you want, and ease the burden on your family,” said Eric Butters, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals spiritual care manager.
Butters said a written advance directive should be kept on file with your medical provider and a copy should be given to your designated health care power of attorney.
National Healthcare Decisions Day was founded in 2008 to encourage families to discuss health care decision-making sooner, rather than later.
“Many conversations may start with your family and lead to a discussion with your doctor,” Butters said. “Those beginning steps will ensure your wishes and those of your loved ones are expressed and respected, as well as followed.”
Some topics to discuss are:
For help in starting those discussions, contact the HSHS Sacred Hospital Spiritual Care Department at 715-717-6594 or visit our website. To learn more about Advance Directives visit theconversationproject.org/nhdd.
About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.
About HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1885, it has served the people of the Chippewa Falls area with health care that is high tech and high touch. Known locally for the quality of the care it provides patients, the hospital has been recognized nationally for its outstanding patient satisfaction levels.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states - Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.
UW-Eau Claire students pass referendum to support Sonnentag Complex
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students voted this week to help financially support operations of the proposed more than $75 million Sonnentag Complex Event & Wellness Center after it is built.
A total of 61% (1,019) of the students who voted supported the referendum. During the three-day election, April 12-14, 38% (640) of students voted no. The referendum supported a fee of not more than $90 a semester for use and maintenance of the complex. Students would not begin paying the fee until building construction is completed and occupied.
"The student body of UW-Eau Claire has officially made their voices heard and they are in support of the new Sonnentag Complex," reported Anna Ziebell, UW-Eau Claire’s student body president. "I am so excited to continue the work to move this project forward. The students deserve a building that is accessible and sustainable for their big events, like graduation, concerts, sporting events and more. This facility will strengthen our community relations, give UW-Eau Claire a state-of-the-art event center, and overall, positively impact this campus's future."
The project will continue with finalizing the design and working through a detailed development schedule, including securing needed approvals from the UW System Administration. Construction of the complex on the land on Menomonie Street adjacent to Hobbs Ice Center and along the Chippewa River is expected to commence this year.
Eau Claire Jazz Festival will be virtual, livestreamed event on April 23
After a one-year hiatus because of the pandemic, the Eau Claire Jazz Festival is back in 2021 with a virtual, livestreamed concert featuring Chippewa Valley talent and online music education clinics for middle and high school students.
The 55th Eau Claire Jazz Festival will take place on Friday, April 23. The event will feature live world-class entertainment originating virtually from Pablo Center at the Confluence in downtown Eau Claire.
“Because of COVID, with great tragedy comes great innovation,” says Robert Baca, artistic director for the Eau Claire Jazz Festival and director of jazz studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Among those innovations organizers developed is replacing the popular downtown Jazz Crawl — formerly 52nd Street — with an online concert featuring Eau Claire musicians at 7:30 p.m. April 23.
Nursing simulation lab helps future speech-language pathologists gain new skills
Brooke Anderson quickly did a language assessment of her newly admitted patient, working to determine her ability to speak after she had a stroke.
The speech-language pathologist shared her findings with a nurse, who was checking the patient’s blood sugar levels and completing a head-to-toe assessment. That done, together they determined their next steps, including what foods to give the patient to bring her blood sugar levels back to where they need to be.
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This spring, Anderson and several other communication sciences and disorders majors gained new skills and confidence working alongside nursing majors in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ simulation lab.
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