For the second time in three years, the N. F. Leifer Memorial Journalism Award was presented to Eau Claire Energy Cooperative’s Mary Kay Brevig, manager – communications & public relations, by the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association recently in Madison. The Co-op’s monthly magazine was judged consistently as the best of the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative News editors for 2015. Brevig has served as editor for ECEC for the past 16 years and also received the award in 2013. The award’s namesake, “Lefty” Leifer, Vernon Electric Cooperative manager during the 1940s, was instrumental in the creation of the Wisconsin REA News as the nation’s first statewide rural electric publication. The magazine can be found on ECEC’s web site at www.ecec.com. Click on the MY CO-OP tab.
Andrew Ferrell of Strobel Insurance in Eau Claire recently became a member of a very select group of State Auto independent agents – its PaceSetter agents. In the coming months, State Auto sales personnel will work closely with PaceSetter agents, like Ferrell, in forming a true sales alliance and providing professional assistance and feedback as necessary.
Rhonda Brown, director of 3D Community Health: Body.Mind.Spirit (a program of HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals) and director of Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership, and Debbie Lauer, director of Home Health and Hospice at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, will be recognized by the Northwest Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross on March 23 at the Northwest Wisconsin Heroes breakfast in Eau Claire. Lauer will receive this year’s Health Care Hero award and Brown will receive this year’s Hero of Lifetime award. They join a handful of other special community members to receive awards at the event. American Red Cross Heroes are ordinary people whose actions embody the values of the Red Cross, and demonstrate the potential that is in all of us. Whether they’re stepping up during a medical emergency to provide assistance, or helping others through a lifetime of volunteerism, heroes reflect what is best about our community.
Sarah Crosbie, RN, and Amy Laehn, RN, both in the surgical services department at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, have recently earned their CNOR accreditation. CNOR certification is the documented validation of the professional achievement of identified standards of practice by an individual registered nurse providing care for patients before, during and after surgery. Nurses who attain this certification demonstrate their dedication to providing excellence in perioperative care.
Marshfield Clinic is partnering with Appriss, Inc., to include opiate prescription histories into its electronic Health Records (EHR), built and developed by MCIS, Inc., to improve patient safety and combat prescription drug abuse and diversion. MCIS is the first ambulatory vendor in Wisconsin to integrate the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) in its EHR. MCIS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Marshfield Clinic Health System, has been continuously developing its EHR for over 30 years.
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