Larry Accola has been appointed president of Merchants Bank in Eau Claire. Accola has more than 25 years of experience in the Eau Claire market, including more than 20 years at Royal Credit Union, where he served as the senior vice president of Business Loans and Services. Accola has a long history of community involvement, including the Eau Claire Economic Development Corporation, Eau Claire Noon Kiwanis, Eau Claire County Industrial Development Agency, Eau Claire City Revolving Loan Fund, Eau Claire Near Equity Loan Fund, Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce, Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Eau Claire Downtown Business Improvement District.
HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals welcome Rick Tolson to the role of chief people cfficer for both hospitals. Tolson most recently served as vice president and chief operating officer at Hanna Resource Group, a human resources consulting firm in Lexington, KY. Tolson has an extensive background in human resources, previously serving at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati and Catholic Health Initiatives in Kentucky. Tolson earned his bachelor’s in management from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH and his master’s in public administration from Indiana University at Bloomington. Tolson also is a US Air Force veteran.
Dawn Gregorich, radiologic technician at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, recently received the 2015 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award by Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC). The award honors outstanding alumni who have made significant contributions to their community, college and career. Gregorich is a 2011 graduate of CVTC. As a student, she served as president of the radiography club. She currently is a member of CVTC’s radiography advisory board. Gregorich has volunteered as a tutor for the past three years and also instructs students on x-ray equipment. To be selected for the award, a graduate needs to display commitment to improving their chosen profession, have involvement in the community or CVTC while in school and after graduation, and demonstrate involvement and service that goes above and beyond or merits recognition.
Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire today has been ranked among the best hospitals in Wisconsin and is recognized as the top ranked hospital in northwestern Wisconsin in the 26th U.S. News & World Report annual America’s Best Hospitals list. Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire also was recognized as “high performing” in orthopedics. Nationally, Mayo Clinic was second overall on U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-2016 Best Hospitals list and earned more No. 1 rankings in individual specialties than any other provider based on reputation, services and volumes, safety and clinical outcomes.
Cardiologist Andrew Calvin, M.D., M.P.H., recently joined the Cardiac Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Calvin earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He earned his master of public health degree from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Calvin completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiovascular disease and echocardiography, all at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.
Infectious disease specialist Janki Patel, D.O., M.P.H., recently joined Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Patel earned her bachelor’s degree in microbiology at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, School of Life Sciences. She earned her master of public health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health. She received her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Des Moines University in Iowa. Patel completed a residency in internal medicine at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, and a fellowship in infectious disease at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Erik Sviggum, M.D., recently joined the Radiology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System. Sviggum earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He earned his medical degree at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. Sviggum completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was a fellow in cross-sectional imaging at Mayo Clinic. He is board-eligible by the American Board of Radiology. He is a member of the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America and the American Roentgen Ray Society.