L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire recently introduced its new BookBike service, which is a custom-built trailer pulled by a bicycle and holds about 100 items. It is essentially a very small library branch on wheels. Customers will be able to check out materials, sign up for a library card, get answers to reference questions, learn how to download digital content and so much more. While book bikes have been gaining popularity nationally, the BookBike is only the second known book bike service in Wisconsin; Madison Public Library rolled out their Spoke-n-words book bike service last fall. Spearheading the BookBike project were Director Pamela Westby, Youth Services Manager Shelly Collins-Fuerbringer, Reference Associate Peter Rudrud, and Library Board Trustee Bob Eierman, who also chaired the Eau Claire Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Commission for several years. In addition to visiting the Downtown Farmers Market, the BookBike schedule also includes stops at the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series in Phoenix Park and select Summer Cinema events on the west lawn of Haas Fine Arts Center on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Several special events, including the United Way Block Party in Chippewa Falls and the International Fall Festival in downtown Eau Claire, are also planned. The complete schedule can be found at www.ecpubliclibrary.info/bookbike/.
David Hopkins of Woita & Associates Business & Retirement Planning in Altoona recently earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP) designation. Eligible financial planners must have other certifications in place as well as several years of documented professional experience in order to apply to take the courses and pass the exams required to obtain the designation. RICP candidates receive specific training focused on topics such as converting savings to steady income, choosing when to claim social security benefits and company-sponsored retirement programs, how to cover health insurance, long term care, and protect retirement income. Hopkins joins an elite group of financial planners in obtaining this designation with only a few local individuals having earned it and only a few thousand nationwide possessing the designation.
Wendy McDermott M.D., a hospitalist, recently joined Hospital Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. A hospitalist is a physician who is dedicated full time to taking care of patients admitted to the hospital. McDermott earned her medical degree from the University of Minnesota-School of Medicine in Minneapolis. She received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. McDermott completed her internal medicine residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic Health System, she served as a hospitalist at Bell Hospital and at Sound Inpatient Physicians in Ishpeming, Michigan.
Radiologist Won Song, M.D., recently joined the Radiology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Song earned his bachelor’s degrees in biology, chemistry and psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Song completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, along with a residency in radiology at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium and a fellowship in nuclear medicine in San Antonio, Texas. Song is a lieutenant colonel with the United States Army. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic Health System, Song served as chief of diagnostic imaging and nuclear medicine at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Licensed athletic trainer Sydney Kapitany recently joined the Sports Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Kapitany earned her master’s degree in education from UW-Stout and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the UW-Eau Claire. Her professional interests include concussion management and education.
Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire also announced that it has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association announced the following winners of this year’s Parade of Homes People’s Choice Awards:
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