For the third time in four award 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 Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The Co-op’s monthly magazine was judged consistently as the best of the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative News editors for 2016-2017. Brevig serves as editor for the local magazine pages and was also presented the award in 2013 and 2015. The Leifer award is given annually to the cooperative selected by an independent judge as having created the magazine’s best local co-op pages during the prior year.
County Materials congratulates Shawano Lawn and Stone of Shawano, Wis., PICS Inc. of Rhinelander, Wis., and TMS Landscapes Inc. of Muskego Wis., for receiving recognition in the 10th Annual Hardscape North America (HNA) Awards. Hosted by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), the awards program recognizes the best-of-the-best projects in the industry by contractors building residential and commercial walkways, patios, driveways, and commercial plaza, parking lots, streets and more. The competition pits hardscape projects from across North America against each other for top honors. This year judges select projects from a pool of a record 149 entries for their design, construction challenges and site integration. Three projects utilizing materials manufactured by County Materials were selected as top in the nation.
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals welcomed Layton Anderson to the role of chief human resources officer for both hospitals. Anderson has more than 25 years of health care experience in areas of strategic planning and implementation, development of leaders, improving engagement scores, and collaborating with physicians and colleagues. Anderson most recently served as vice president of hospital operations and outpatient services for Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Prior to his 16 years there, he served as human resources director for Riverview Healthcare Association in Crookston, MN, and prior to that, at Villa St. Vincent, a senior living campus, also in Crookston.
Michael San Juan, a registered nurse in HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s cardiology department, recently earned his Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN) accreditation. This certification is a credential granted by AACN Certification Corporation that validates a nurse’s knowledge of nursing care of acutely ill adult patients. PCCN certification promotes continuing excellence in progressive care nursing.
Country Jam USA recently announced the first wave of its 2018 line up confirmed to perform at the three-day country music festival. Performers include: Blake Shelton, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, Clay Walker, Tracy Lawrence, Aaron Tippin, Collin Raye and Sammy Kershaw. Additional acts will be announced at a later date.
Marco, a technology services provider, announced it has purchased BusinessWare Solutions, an IT services and managed print company headquartered in Hutchinson, Minnesota. They also have locations in Owatonna, Willmar and Chanhassen. BusinessWare Solutions has been providing its clients with technology solutions since 1994. Its employees have joined the Marco team and will be serving clients from each of the existing markets. Marco has 1,140 employees and serves more than 32,500 customers from its 49 locations throughout the Midwest and nationally.
SEEK Careers/Staffing, Inc. recently announced its partnership with the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce (HWCC), based in Milwaukee. SEEK will be working together with HWCC to promote employment within the Hmong community. The Hmong Chamber of Commerce provides financial and technical support for Hmong and Southeast Asian entrepreneurs desiring to build their own businesses in order to improve the economy in low-income areas. The Chamber also supports the community through business workshops, events, and one-on-one assistance. Through their partnership and combined networks, SEEK and the HWCC will expand their abilities to support the business and employment needs of their communities.
Winners of the 2017 eHealthcare Leadership Awards were recently announced at the Healthcare Internet Conference in Austin, Texas, and mayoclinichealthsystem.org twice received the highest level of recognition possible. The website received Platinum Awards for Best Overall Internet Site and Best Healthcare Content in the Healthcare System class. The site also received a Gold Award for Best Doctor Directory, a category where there were no Platinum Award winners. This is the first time Mayo Clinic Health System has received Platinum eHealthcare Leadership Award recognition. The eHealthcare Leadership Awards recognize outstanding health care websites and digital communications targeted towards consumers and health care professionals.
Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire has been re-verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, which is an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. After a rigorous on-site review, the American College of Surgeons commended Mayo Clinic Health System for its demonstrated commitment to provide superior trauma care for injured patients. To maintain verification, a review is required every three years. Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire became a Level II Trauma Center in February 1998. It was the first recognized Level II Trauma Center in the state and is the only one in northwest Wisconsin. Statewide, only 12 trauma centers are verified by the American College of Surgeons among all levels.
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