Mike Krach has joined The Alliance® as business development manager. The Alliance is an employer-owned not-for-profit cooperative of more than 240 self-funded employers and not-for-profit insurance trusts. In this role, Krach will be responsible for bringing new employer members into The Alliance by managing the distribution channel and through direct sales efforts. Krach comes to The Alliance from Valley Health Services in Davenport, Iowa where he was the chief operations officer and senior vice president of sales and marketing. In this role, he developed and led the execution of business development, sales and marketing strategies to support the growth of the areas health plans. Earlier he served as the vice president of business development for Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson, Kansas. Krach holds his MBA from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa and a masters in counseling from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
Kurt Schauss has joined the Woita & Associates team as an independent financial advisor and serves clients from the Altoona office. He is a recent graduate of Chippewa Valley Technical College with an associate degree in business management. Schauss is licensed in life, health, property and casualty insurance and has passed the securities exams to become an independent financial advisor. During college, he started a small business, Silver Eagle Financial, that provided a blog and eBooks for young adults to provide education on personal finance.
Internationally known Mayo Clinic physician-scientist and UW-Eau Claire alumnus, Timothy J. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., has been named the director of Research and Innovation for Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. The newly created position will support collaboration between Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and Mayo Clinic Health System.
Nelson’s role of director of Research and Innovation will be multifaceted. He will be charged with developing a cutting-edge research program for the northwest Wisconsin region of Mayo Clinic Health System, focused on expanding clinical trials and research and fostering greater research opportunities for UW-Eau Claire students and faculty. Nelson, a native of Osseo, is renowned for his pioneering research involving cardiovascular regeneration using bioengineered stem cells. Nelson is board-certified in internal medicine. He serves as director of the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, is the medical director of the Regenerative Medicine Consult Service of the William J. von Liebig Transplant Center and is an associate professor of medicine and pharmacology for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester. He also serves as a grant application reviewer for the National Institutes of Health.
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine recently received the Center of Distinction award and the Robert A. Warriner III Center of Excellence award for 2017 from Healogics, the nation’s largest wound care management company. The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire received recognition for outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal. The hospital’s centers offer highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds that have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced treatments include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.
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