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Prairie Pointe to Serve 48 New Families with Assisted Living and Memory Care Suites
The state-of-the-art senior care facility is opening up its care to assisted living and memory care in spring 2022. When completed, Prairie Pointe will dedicate 48 rooms to providing assisted living and memory care for our residents.
Grace Lutheran Communities CEO Amy Duhr said, "We are very excited about this change to the services we offer at Prairie Pointe. This will allow us to provide multiple care options for our seniors and complete the continuum of care at our Altoona campus."
Grace Lutheran Communities has been providing quality care throughout the Chippewa Valley since 1960. The compassionate staff and individualized care plans ensure your loved ones are safe and secure in the state-of-the-art healthcare campus.
For more information: Contact Grace Lutheran Communities at https://www.graceluthfound.com/contact/
Royal Credit Union Donates $30,000 to Tree Trust
Royal Credit Union is donating $30,000 to Tree Trust, a non-profit organization committed to transforming lives and landscapes, located in St. Paul, MN. The funds will be used to enhance job skills and work capabilities for program participants through the purchase of a compact utility loader. Tree Trust provides employment training programs for promising young people ages 14-28. While enrolled in Tree Trust programs, young people earn a wage, receive employment readiness training, work with case managers to identify and fulfill goals, and get an introductory experience to green industry careers.
Royal has partnered with Tree Trust since 2020 to provide ongoing financial education on a variety of relevant topics to the participants in its programs. Through this partnership, Royal team members have seen first-hand the impactful work Tree Trust is doing in the metro and are excited to be able to contribute financially to its mission.
“Sharing financial education with Tree Trust participants has been such a rewarding experience,” shared Deb Paulsen, Royal Credit Union Community Financial Education Coordinator. “Not only are they learning valuable job skills, but Tree Trust is providing a comprehensive learning environment that helps participants be successful in other areas of their lives. The lessons we teach promote financial wellness and include topics such as banking basics, budgeting, credit, and purchasing a vehicle.”
“Tree Trust is thrilled to receive a donation of $30,000 from Royal Credit Union for the purchase of a compact utility loader for our Career Pathways Landscaping and Tree Care program,” stated Jared Smith, Executive Director and CEO of Tree Trust. “This generous donation makes it possible for program participants to gain invaluable hands-on training and experience for future green careers, while completing projects that improve our community.”
Tree Trust has been in operation since 1976 and has three core focus areas that guide its work and service to the community: Pathways to Careers, Planting Trees, and Partnership. Pathways to Careers equips people to achieve family-supporting, skilled trade, green careers that create economic opportunity and equity. Planting Trees (5,620 trees in 2021) helps grow a vibrant and resilient urban forest. Partnerships are collaborative—with each other, community partners, and the people they serve.
Security Financial Bank Names Mark Oldenberg as President
Jerry Bauer, chairman of the Board of Security Financial Bank (SFB) and Security Financial Services Corporation (SFSC), the holding company that owns the Bank, announced the appointment of Mark C. Oldenberg to succeed Paul Rudersdorf as president of SFB effective January 10, 2022. Rudersdorf will continue to serve as CEO of SFB as well as CEO and president of SFSC until he retires at the end of 2022 at which time Oldenberg will assume those responsibilities.
“Mark Oldenberg will be an outstanding asset for Security Financial Bank,” Bauer said. “We are excited for this next phase of SFB.”
Oldenberg has more than 25 years of experience in community banking including expertise in accounting, finance, marketing, compliance, audit, operations, human resources, and lending. He is no stranger to SFB having served as executive vice president/chief financial officer for SFB from 2008-2011.
“I am looking forward to coming back to a financial institution with a great reputation, that has a proven record of financial success, and being part of a management team with a history of supporting local economic growth,” Oldenberg said.
Oldenberg, who received degrees in both finance and accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, now serves as an Advisory Board member for UW-Eau Claire’s College of Business. He also has been active with the Boys & Girls Club, serving on the Board for both the Chippewa Valley and Wausau clubs. Oldenberg is married with three children and in his free time enjoys golfing and travel.
“Mark Oldenberg is the right leader for SFB’s future,” said Rudersdorf. “With his exceptional experience in the banking industry, he is the ideal president to lead SFB in its next chapter of growth and success.”
Rudersdorf has served as CEO and president of SFB for the past five years. During his tenure, Rudersdorf has successfully overseen two acquisitions and has grown the bank from a $416 million to an $850 million financial institution.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital reveals top baby names for 2021
A name says something about a person - noble, kind, charitable or simply derived from another name. Below are the top names given to babies born at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in 2021.
1. Tied for #1
These names were part of the 723 babies delivered by HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Women and Infants Center in 2021.
"It is always such a joy to help families welcome little ones into the world and to know our staff is a small part of that journey, "said Maria Green, Women and Infants Center manager.
For more information about HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s baby friendly initiative, the Women and Infants Center,
and birthing options, please call (715) 717-7666 or visit: www.hshs.org/sacredheart
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