Kimberly Hennings has been named the new assistant director of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Hennings will fill the position left vacant when the previous assistant director, Mark Troendle, left in September to serve as the library director at the public library in Stillwater, Minnesota. Hennings has been the director at the Friday Memorial Library in New Richmond since 2014.
The Confluence Arts Center has added to its team by two. Sadie Hamill and Elaine Coughlin, both of Eau Claire, join Executive Director Kevin Miller in temporary office space in downtown Eau Claire while construction continues. Hamill will serve as the Confluence Arts Center’s executive administrator. Hamill, who has a degree in arts management, worked for the City of Eau Claire from 2005-2017. Prior to her tenure with the City, Hamill was employed by the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, serving in marketing and bookkeeping capacities. Hamill, a visual artist, has been a member of the Janet Carson Gallery’s Visual Arts Committee for several years. Coughlin will serve as the marketing coordinator for the Confluence Arts Center. Coughlin, who has an associate’s degree in marketing from the Chippewa Valley Technical college and a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, previously worked as a business assistance specialist for the City of Eau Claire and Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. from 2014-2016. She most recently worked as marketing director for the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center.
County Materials announced that team members in its Eau Claire facility have surpassed a safety milestone of 1,000 days worked without an OSHA recordable injury. An OSHA recordable injury occurs when an employee sustains an injury that requires medical treatment beyond first aid. County Materials’ Eau Claire facility achieved this safety milestone as of October 1, 2017. Steve Hoesing, County Materials’ VP Operations, attributes this achievement to positive employee engagement, a team-focused approach to safety, and regularly scheduled safety activities involving team members.
Oakwood Mall announced that Hobby Lobby will be joining the selection of Oakwood Mall retailers in 2018. Hobby Lobby will occupy a portion of the former Macy’s building. Construction will begin in the latter part of 2017 with an anticipated opening in summer of 2018.
Sameer Batoo, M.B.B.S., has joined the Oncology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Batoo received a medical and surgery degree from Government Medical College Srinagar in Kashmir, India. He completed a residency and was chief resident in internal medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York. Batoo is board-certified in hematology, internal medicine and oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He also is certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Society of Hematology.
Physician assistant Julie Loscheider recently joined the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Loscheider earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Concordia University in Mequon and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from UW-La Crosse. For the last five years, she served as a physician assistant in the Emergency Department in Burlington. She is certified in advanced cardiac life support, basic life support and pediatric advanced life support. Her professional interests include abdominal care, pediatric care and trauma.
Larson Companies will break ground next week on a new 81 all-suite, Candlewood Suites hotel in Eau Claire. The 46,000 square foot hotel is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018. Candlewood Suites Hotel is owned by a group led by Larson Companies, under license agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group. The project ownership group includes Richard Larson, Tim Pabich, Tim Olson and Tom Toy. The property will be built by Royal Construction and managed by Larson Companies
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