The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic (CVFC) announced its purchase of a new facility to become its permanent medical home. The Clinic is currently making plans to move from its current downtown location at the Syverson Lutheran Home, 816 Porter Avenue, to a new location at 1030 Oak Ridge Dr., located in the professional medical area off Clairemont Avenue in Eau Claire. The clinic will be making light renovations before moving into the vacant 5,500 square feet on the top floor of the building. The tenants in the building’s ground level will not be displaced. In its new home, the clinic will grow from five exam rooms to six exam rooms, from two dental chairs to three dental chairs, improve the workflow for the Clinic’s staff and volunteers and offer the patients a more traditional clinic experience. The clinic, which provides basic health care to those who have no reasonable alternative, will conduct business as usual in its current location through mid-November. Pablo Properties, Commonweal Development Corporation and Market Family Investments are the purchasers of the Syverson Lutheran Home property and have generously assisted CVFC in its search for a new, permanent home and are among several generous donors working to provide a more secure future for the free clinic.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Western Wisconsin announced Debbie Nichols as the new executive director. Nichols comes to the Foundation with more than 20 years experience with leadership, advocacy and outreach. Nichols will lead various key initiatives, programs and outreach in 22 counties in Western Wisconsin. She replaces Lou Kelsey who retired in August after many years of dedicated service. A lifelong resident of the Chippewa Valley, Nichols has a bachelor’s degree in vocational rehabilitation from UW-Stout and an associate’s degree in counseling. During her career, Nichols has been instrumental in leading positive change and sustainability for agencies that provide long-term care and advocacy for people with intellectual, physical and acquired disabilities in the Chippewa Valley.
Jordan Reed, D.O., recently joined the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Barron and Eau Claire. Reed received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at Des Moines University in Iowa and completed a residency in emergency medicine from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He is board-eligible in emergency medicine. He is certified in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and advanced trauma life support. His professional interests include emergency medicine, point-of-care ultrasound and teaching.
The American Culinary Federation (ACF) has approved the Chippewa Valley Technical College Culinary Management program’s state-of-the-art teaching kitchen as a practical test site for ACF certification programs. The ACF certification program is the most comprehensive certification program for culinarians, offering 16 certification levels. Culinarians achieve certification based on education, experience, and successful completion of written and practical exams. To become a testing site, a facility must have a specific set of equipment and work space for each candidate tested, plus a staging area. The site must also have a specified number of qualified certification evaluators.
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