Sadly, one in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. Of more than 123,000 women in a 60-mile radius of HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals who are eligible for mammography screenings, fewer than 25 percent are anticipated to receive those screenings.
A mobile mammography bus is the best way to provide advanced imaging to women who may not have the opportunity to travel for this type of service, especially those who live in rural areas.
HSHS hospitals in Green Bay, Sheboygan and Oconto Falls, in partnership with Prevea Health in those communities, have been providing mobile mammography services since 2018. It’s the goal of the western Wisconsin division of HSHS, which includes HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals, to bring a similar life-saving bus to our communities in western Wisconsin permanently. This will be accomplished through the HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation and HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation, which have begun raising support for this important project.
Later this month, community members will have the chance to tour the mammography bus from eastern Wisconsin as it makes its way to visit the communities of Rice Lake, Ladysmith, Cornell, Menomonie, Mondovi and Arcadia.
The goal of the two hospitals’ foundations is to fund the purchase of a similar mobile mammography bus in 2020 and begin offering mobile mammography services at Prevea Health clinics in rural areas of western Wisconsin.
“Early detection continues to be the best defense against breast cancer,” said Ken Brown, director of imaging services for HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals. “The ability to take this technology to women outside of the medical facility and to their location will increase the opportunity for women to access screening mammograms easily.”
Community members are encouraged to check out the mobile mammography bus at the dates and times below:
Cornell: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Cornell Area Care Center, 320 North 7th Street, Cornell
Ladysmith: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Prevea Ladysmith Health Center, 1101 Lake Avenue West, Ladysmith
Chippewa Falls: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Prevea Chippewa Falls Health Center, 2509 County Highway I,
Rice Lake: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Prevea Rice Lake Health Center, 1051 West Avenue, Rice Lake
Menomonie: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Cardinal Glass, 2200 Stokke Parkway, Menomonie
Mondovi: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Prevea Mondovi Health Center, 250 State Road 37, Mondovi
Arcadia: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Prevea Arcadia Health Center, 945 Dettloff Drive, Arcadia
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and the Wisconsin Parkinson Association are partnering to host a free educational community event June 21 from 9 a.m. to Noon at Lismore Hotel Eau Claire, 333 Gibson Street. Join us to learn about Parkinson’s symptoms, treatment and more. Whether you’re affected by this disease, or are a care partner, friend or family member, or a professional in the Parkinson community, you’ll have your questions answered! The event is free, but registration is required by calling 414-312-6990 or register online here.
Wisconsin Job Market Expected to be Among Strongest in Nation as U.S. Employers Report the Most Optimistic Outlook in 13 Years
· For the coming summer months of July-September, hiring heats up in Construction, Durable Goods Manufacturing, Nondurable Goods Manufacturing, Transportation & Utilities, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services, Education & Health Services, Leisure & Hospitality, and Government.
· Overall prospects look bright for jobseekers as U.S. hiring intentions hit 13-Year-High.
· Double-digit Outlooks reported in all 50 states, according to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.
· Nationally, Strongest Outlooks reported by employers in West (22%) and Midwest (21%).
U.S. employers are reporting the strongest nationwide hiring intentions in 13 years at +21%, according to the Q3 2019 ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) Employment Outlook Survey.* The last time the survey of more than 11,500 employers reported an Outlook as high as +21% was in Q3 2006. Among survey participants, the Wisconsin area employment outlook is the second best in the nation.
“At a time of record low unemployment and employer optimism at levels we haven’t seen since the mid-2000s, we need to do more to connect people to jobs if we’re going to sustain economic growth,” said Becky Frankiewicz, President of ManpowerGroup North America. “With such strong competition for talent, skilled workers are choosing when, where and how they work. We find jobs for 275,000 workers every year and know flexibility, access to childcare and clear career paths are especially attractive benefits to women and men. To find and retain top talent, the best companies are offering holistic benefits packages with accelerated training programs and opportunities to learn, earn more and move up so employees have the skills for jobs today and tomorrow.”
Among employers surveyed, 35 percent plan to hire more employees from July through September. This number is offset by the 1 percent that plan to reduce payrolls, while 62 percent of employers expect to maintain current staff levels and 2 percent indicate they are not sure of their hiring plans. This yields a Net Employment Outlook* (NEO) of 34%.
"Wisconsin employers have reported a stronger hiring pace compared to Q2 2019 when the Net Employment Outlook was 22%," said Lisha Akers, spokesperson for Manpower, a ManpowerGroup brand. "Compared to this time last year, hiring activity has remained stable when the Outlook was 32%.”
Summary of Results for Wisconsin
View complete Q3 2019 U.S. survey results: Manpowergroup.us/MEOS
*The Net Employment Outlook (NEO) is derived by taking the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in hiring activity and subtracting from this the percentage of employers expecting a decrease in hiring activity.
Across the United States, employers in all 13 industries report double-digit hiring intentions, suggesting continued strength in the labor market at a time when open jobs have outnumbered unemployed U.S. workers for 13 consecutive months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the coming summer months of July-September, hiring heats up in Construction, Durable Goods Manufacturing, Nondurable Goods Manufacturing, Transportation & Utilities, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services, Education & Health Services, Leisure & Hospitality, and Government. Job prospects in Information and Other Services remain unchanged.
“Our ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey is the most extensive, forward-looking employment survey of its kind,” said Chris McKay, spokesperson for Experis, a ManpowerGroup brand. “As technology and automation continue to transform the world of work, it’s important to learn from the past to ensure a great future. That’s why our findings from each quarterly MEOS combined with our insights into the World of Work and rich suite of innovative workforce solutions are so vital for every employer.”
U.S. Hiring Plans by Industry Sectors, Regions and Metro Areas/States
· Nationwide, employers in all 13 industry sectors expect to add staff in Q3 2019. The strongest Outlooks are reported in Professional & Business Services (+28%), Leisure & Hospitality (+27%), Transportation & Utilities (+25%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (+24%) and Construction (+21%) followed by Government (+20%), Mining (+19%), Durable Goods Manufacturing (+18%), Financial Activities (+17%) and Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing (+16%).*
· Both the West (+22%) and the Midwest (+21%) have the strongest regional Outlooks in the country and the highest reported Outlooks in 11 and 18 years, respectively. Hiring prospects in the South (+20%) are close behind with employers in the Northeast (+19%) not far behind.
· Employers in Maine (+34%), Wisconsin (+34%), Alaska (+33%), North Dakota (+32%), and West Virginia (+32%) report the strongest Outlooks nationwide. Of the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas, the strongest job gains are expected in Charlotte, N.C., (+37%), Grand Rapids, Mich. (+36%), Madison, Wis. (+34%), Columbia, S.C. (+33%), Milwaukee, Wis. (+33%) and San Jose, Calif. (+33%).
MARCO EARNS SPOT AS A CORE TECHNOLOGY PROVIDER IN WISCONSIN
Thanks to organic growth, high customer satisfaction and recent acquisitions, Marco has become a staple in Wisconsin. The technology provider offers comprehensive services, including copier/printer, Managed Print Services, Managed IT, voice, carrier services, audio/video and data solutions.
Marco entered the Wisconsin region in 2011 - with a single office in Eau Claire - and Marco built its Wisconsin footprint from that first office and only three employees. Today, the company has seven offices across the state and 139 employees.
“Starting and growing Wisconsin was an exciting risk. I’m so grateful for our clients who put their trust in us early on and believed in us when we were still the new kids in town,” said Kevin Schmidt, Marco Sales Director.
In 2011, Schmidt moved his family from the Twin Cities to Eau Claire, leaving an established sales role to take a chance with his future. “Moving our family was risky; I left behind a great job, but I believed we could grow in our new region,” said Schmidt.
And grow the company they did. Since venturing into Wisconsin, Marco has integrated six businesses, including Enterprise Systems Group, Northeast Photocopy, Hadley Office Products and the most recent Accent Business Solutions. “I still remember walking in the room when we first acquired Northeast Photocopy. I was excited but also a little nervous,” Schmidt said. He explained his team had a strong game plan, but wondered about the culture fit, comradery, role shifts and how everyone would work most efficiently together.
Schmidt and the other Marco members didn’t need to worry; the teams immediately connected. “We had a lot of fun integrating. In fact, we grew sales and delivered their highest producing year! Being our first major acquisition in the state, this team really set the example to our employees who came in later acquisitions that they can be a part of something special.” Schmidt added that many of the staff have secured prominent roles and developed their Marco careers.
After Marco acquired Hadley Offices Products’ copier group in Wausau, they also experienced exceptional organic growth. In 2018, Marco placed an additional 632 copiers in the field to new customers in the Wausau area alone.
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