Richard A. Helmers, M.D., recently assumed the role of regional vice president at Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. Helmers is the new physician leader for Mayo Clinic’s community practice in northwest Wisconsin, a region that includes five hospitals and 12 clinics. He began transitioning into the role in April, as previous president and CEO Randall Linton, M.D., prepared to retire. In his new role, Helmers will provide organizational leadership, direction and be responsible for the overall performance of northwest Wisconsin operations, including outcomes, safety, service and financial performance. Helmers will promote and expand Mayo Clinic Health System’s foundation of providing high-value care, supporting local wellness and promoting overall community health.
The law firm of Weld Riley, S.C. announced that Attorney Garrett W. Nix has been elected a shareholder of the firm. Garrett, a member of the Business section, joined the firm in 2014. His legal practice centers on providing businesses and individuals expert legal counsel on issues relating to business formation, operations, and succession planning. Nix also assists individuals in developing estate plans. He has a specialty in farm and business succession planning and serves as municipal counsel for several government entities in western Wisconsin. Nix received his undergraduate degree from UW-Stevens Point, with a B.S. in Economics and his law degree from Marquette University Law School. Since becoming a lawyer in 2012, Nix has worked with numerous individuals and businesses with planning and transactional matters.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Nationwide Leadership Council recognized Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin with a 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Quality Award. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin is in its 45th year of serving the children of the Chippewa Valley. In the past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin has served nearly 500 children by connecting them with supportive adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and supporting those mentoring relationships. The Quality Award recognizes Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin for its excellent community programming. Throughout the year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin hosts fun match activities, as well as fundraising events such as their signature event, Bowl For Kids’ Sake. Out of more than 300 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies, Big Brothers big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin is one of 36 that will be recognized as Quality Award Winners at the 2017 Big Brothers Big Sisters National Conference.
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals recently held its Colleague Service Awards banquet where it was announced that Donna Stolp, occupational therapist, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Father Klimek Healing Presence Award. In addition, Erica Barrette, M.D., has been named Sacred Heart Hospital’s Physician of the Year for 2017, and that Robert Maslonkowski, M.D., a Marshfield Clinic physician, has been named St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Physician of the Year for 2017. Stolp has worked in the inpatient rehabilitation department at Sacred Heart Hospital for 32 years and is well admired by her colleagues. The Father Klimek Healing Presence Award is the highest honor a hospital colleague can receive, and recognizes a long-term colleague who has dedicated his or her life to being a humble servant of the sick. Barrette joined HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in September 2011, and she will be transitioning to OakLeaf Clinics on June 1, 2017. She will continue to care for patients and deliver babies at Sacred Heart Hospital. Maslonkowski is board-certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has brought more than 2,500 babies into the world since moving to the community. Last fall at the St. Joseph’s Hospital board appreciation dinner, Cheryl Halida received the St. Joseph’s Keeper of the Tradition Award, which is the highest honor a St. Joseph’s Hospital colleague can receive. She was recognized at this year’s colleague service awards event, as well.
Royal Credit Union was recently honored with a Diamond Award, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry. The award was presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council, a national network comprised of over 1,200 credit union marketing and business development professionals. Awards are given in each of 30 categories ranging from advertising to community events and beyond. Royal Credit Union won the financial education category for its entry, entitled Social Media Q & A videos. Royal also received an award in the Print Campaign category for its entry, entitled Black Friday Newspaper Insert.
Marco announced the addition of Chris Pudenz as chief financial officer (CFO) and the transition of Jennifer Mrozek from CFO to executive vice president of business development and operations. As former executive vice pesident and CFO of ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Pudenz led all finance, procurement and legal functions for the $900 million business that includes 283 company-owned locations and 53 franchise locations. Mrozek brings more than 20 years of experience to her new role focused on leading the company’s acquisition strategy. Mrozek will provide strategic leadership for executing and integrating acquisitions and for the company’s business, sales and service operations.
Library volunteer Karen Peters of Altoona was recognized for her outstanding service to the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library at the Friends of the Library recent annual meeting. Peters was the 10th recipient of the library’s Distinguished Service Award, which honors generosity of time and spirit and extraordinary contributions to a library-related issue. Peters has served with distinction as a library volunteer for more than 15 years. As a driver for the Home Delivery Service (HDS), she provides valuable resources to those who would not otherwise receive them.
Eau Claire Chamber
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