Rassbach Communications, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017, recently received a national sales growth award. Rassbach Communications was named “Fastest Growing Dealer” by Hytera America, Inc. for 2016. Only a handful of nationwide firms out of 436 nationwide dealers are recognized with awards for different measures of outstanding performance. Hytera America, Inc. is a well-known international manufacturer of wireless communications products utilized across many industries.
Bret Tangley, master water specialist and third-generation owner of Sterling Water Culligan, was recently recognized by the Water Quality Association (WQA) as one of its 2017 Hall of Fame honorees. A past president of the association, Tangley received his award, the highest honor bestowed upon any WQA member, at the Opening General Session of WQA’s annual convention and exposition in Orlando, Florida. WQA Hall of Fame inductees are selected from candidates nominated by association members, and the award aims to recognize a lifetime of dedication and service to the water quality improvement industry.
Ken Kreb has joined the Per Mar Security Services as an electronics installation supervisor out of Per Mar’s Eau Claire office. Kreb comes to Per Mar with 24 years of experience in the security industry as well as 10 years of service in the US Air Force.
After nearly 36 years of service, Randall Linton, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System for northwest Wisconsin, is retiring at the end of April. Linton has served in his current capacity as president and CEO for the past 15 years. Prior to that, he served as a pediatrician for more than 20 years. Linton announced his retirement plans in September 2016. Linton’s successor is Richard Helmers, M.D., who will hold the title of regional vice president, northwest Wisconsin region, to better align with other similar job titles and organizational structures within Mayo Clinic.
Janki Patel, D.O., a specialist in Infectious Diseases at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, was named northwest Wisconsin’s 2016 Consultant of the Year. The award was created in 2012 by Mayo Clinic Health System’s primary care physicians in northwest Wisconsin to show their appreciation for consultants who often assist with management of their patients. A consultant is annually selected by peer vote and recognized at the Physician Quarterly Forum by Primary Care departments. Consultants are nominated for providing patient‑centered care, outstanding service and encouraging open communication.
Radiologist Eric Niendorf, M.D., recently joined the Radiology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Niendorf earned his bachelor’s degree in physics, his master’s degree and doctorate in medical physics and his medical degree from UW-Madison. Niendorf completed his residency and a fellowship in body MRI at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic Health System, Niendorf practiced at the University of Minnesota-Department of Radiology in Minneapolis. He is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology.
Nurse practitioner Kristi Burdick recently joined Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Burdick will see patients at the Clairemont Campus. Burdick earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing and her master’s degree in advanced practice nursing in family practice at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. She earned her doctor of nursing practice degree at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Prior to joining Family Medicine in Eau Claire, Burdick worked as an assistant professor of nursing at UW-Eau Claire and as a staff nurse practitioner at the Student Health Center. She is a member of the American Nurses’ Association and is a board-certified family nurse practitioner.
Nurse practitioner Nicole Swett recently joined the Emergency Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Swett earned her master’s degree in nursing at Chamberlain College of Nursing in Downers Grove, Illinois. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Phoenix in Arizona. She also completed emergency medical technician training and a medical service apprenticeship with the U.S. Air Force. For the past 10 years, Swett has worked as a nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System – Oakridge in Osseo. Swett is certified in comprehensive advanced life support and pediatric advanced life support.
Certified nurse-midwife Jessica Korger recently joined Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Korger earned her master’s degree in the nurse-midwife program at Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky, and her associate’s degree in nursing at Chippewa Valley Technical College. Korger previously worked as a registered nurse in the Family Birth Center. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses.
WESTconsin Credit Union recently launched $MART, its new financial literacy program. This program was created to bridge the gaps between the credit union’s many financial literacy programs, events and resources, and support members on their financial journey from childhood through retirement. $MART stands for:
$upporting financial literacy within our communities
Mentoring credit union members and members of the community on their financial journey
Advocating for credit unions and financial literacy
Relationship-building with credit union members, educators, parents and members of the community
Teaching credit union members and members of the community about finance
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.