Mike Noreen of River Falls joined the Chippewa Valley Technical College Board of Directors. Noreen, the conservation and efficiency coordinator for River Falls Municipal Utilities, will serve a three-year term as an employee member. Noreen earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental education from Western Washington University and a master’s degree teaching science from Northern Arizona University. He has also taken coursework at UW-Stevens Point, UW-River Falls and community colleges in Washington and Arizona.
Pablo Center at the Confluence recently announced the inaugural 2018-19 season. This lineup will be part of the Pablo Presents series, including the Set List which will be a series to watch for an ever-expanding lineup of regional and national bands. Find the full Pablo Presents lineup here. Tickets for the 2018-19 season will be available for purchase at PabloCenter.org on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. Please visit PabloCenter.org for more information, a full listing of events, and to order tickets when they go on sale.
Christopher D. Williams, M.D. recently joined the Pulmonology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Williams earned a medical degree at Vinayaka Mission’s Medical College, Karaikal, Pondicherry, India. He completed a residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York. He completed fellowships at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile. Williams is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in critical care medicine, internal medicine and pulmonary medicine. He also is board-eligible in sleep medicine.
A $47,000 matching grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services was received by Mayo Clinic Health System to train emergency medicine advanced practice providers in point-of-care ultrasound — a technology used to provide timely diagnoses for trauma and critical care patients. The grant is part of more than $300,000 awarded to support development of eight training sites to ensure access to quality health care in rural and underserved areas of the state. The grant will be applied toward training equipment, instructor training, quality improvement infrastructure and the first several courses. The courses will be available to physician assistants and nurse practitioners who practice at Mayo Clinic Health System critical access hospitals in Barron, Bloomer, Menomonie and Osseo, as well as other rural emergency medicine providers throughout Wisconsin.
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s mammography program passed its annual Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) inspection earlier this week, received no recommendations for improvement and has been recertified. MQSA is the accrediting branch of the FDA with special focus on mammography quality, reporting and billing. To operate lawfully, a mammography facility must be MQSA certified and undergo an annual inspection conducted by federally trained and certified federal or state personnel. Congress enacted MQSA to ensure that all women have access to quality mammography for the detection of breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages.