Ben Franko has joined Merchants Bank in Eau Claire as a mortgage lender and assistant vice president. Franko has been serving customers throughout the area in a number of roles over the past 13 years, including more than nine years in mortgage lending, most recently with Wells Fargo. A graduate of UW-Eau Claire, Franko has been involved in the community and currently serves as president for the Community Table Board of Directors.
Anne Pretasky, director of critical care services at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, recently earned her master of science in nursing degree in leadership and management from Walden University in Minneapolis. Pretasky also holds a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Viterbo University in La Crosse. Pretasky has served Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals for a combined total of 25 years.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s efforts to provide families with organ, eye or tissue donation options and information are being recognized by the American Tissue Services Foundation (ATSF). On August 28, the hospital will receive ATSF’s 2016 Tissue Donation Recognition Award. This award recognizes the hospital’s efforts to facilitate tissue donation options for patient families. ATSF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for families and helping them heal from the death of their loved ones.
Junior Achievement (JA) of Wisconsin, Inc. received $15,000 grant dollars from Nordson Corporation to support continued JA efforts to provide programming to local middle school students in Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire. These grant dollars will help JA continue to reach students at three local middle schools as well as expand the programming to other middle schools, especially local rural schools. The Junior Achievement Career Exploration programs equip students by teaching them about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. The goal is to provide career exploration opportunities throughout our communities.
Matthew Olmstead, D.O., recently joined the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Olmstead earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine from Des Moines University in Iowa and his bachelor’s degree in biology from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He completed his emergency medicine residency at St. John Oakland Hospital in Madison Heights, Michigan. Olmstead is board-certified with the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine and is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association. Previously, Dr. Olmstead served as chair of the Emergency Medicine Department at St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
Physician assistant Amanda Nogee recently joined Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Nogee will see patients at the Luther Campus, 1400 Bellinger St. Nogee earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at UW-Eau Claire and her master of physician assistant degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. Her previous work experience includes five years working as an emergency medical technician in Madison, Wisconsin. Nogee is certified by the American Heart Association in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support.
Aaron Triplett, D.O., recently joined the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Triplett was raised in Rice Lake and earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Des Moines University School of Medicine in Iowa, his master’s degree in medical science from Boston University in Massachusetts, and his bachelor degree in biology from University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minn. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Western Michigan University School of Medicine-Kalamazoo. Triplett is certified in advanced cardiac life support, advanced disaster life support and advanced trauma life support.
James Stanga, M.D., recently joined Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Stanga previously worked in the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar in Menomonie. He earned his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City and completed his family practice residency at St. Francis Family Practice in Wichita, Kansas. Stanga is board-certified in family medicine with the American Board of Family Practice. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Board of Family Medicine, and is certified in advanced trauma, obstetric and cardiac life support.
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