The Aspirus Cardiovascular Associates clinic locations in Wausau and Rhinelander have been granted a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear cardiology and cardiac Positron Emission Tomography (PET) by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Aspirus Cardiovascular Associates has held this distinction in nuclear cardiology since 2003 and is one of only four accredited Cardiac PET services in the state of Wisconsin. Accreditation also has been awarded in Adult Echocardiography since 2000.
The 16th annual Festival of Trees raised $158,000 in support of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. The event saw several thousand guests participate in the special events and visit during the daily hours. The Festival featured more than 100 holiday trees, wreaths, and specialty items that were available via raffle or silent auction. The proceeds from Festival of Trees will help support the Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services’ music therapy program as well as two community care rooms at Aspirus Hospice House for patients with identified financial need.
The Aspirus Health Foundation has funds available for allocation through its grant program and is currently accepting applications. The application period ends on January 18, 2013 and the chosen applicants will be notified in late February. Grant awards fall in a funding range of $1,000-$10,000 and special interest is given to development grants that show long-term sustainability. Grant guidelines and application materials can be downloaded or completed online at www.aspirus.org/grants.
Aspirus VNA Home Health has been named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite™, rating it among the top 25 percent of all home health agencies in the United States. The HomeCare Elite is a compilation of the top performing home health agencies in the nation. Now in its seventh year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top Medicare-certified agencies.
Aspirus Wausau Hospital has appointed Marita Hattem the interim President and Chief Operating Officer of Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Hattem, who has been an administrator at Aspirus since 2008, assumed her new role on November 21. She steps into the position previously held by Diane Postler-Slattery, who has moved on after 24 years at Aspirus to become the President and Chief Executive Officer at Mid-Michigan Health in Midland, Mich.
“The American Planning Association recently presented the City of Mosinee with the national “2012 Dr. Vernon Deines Memorial Award for an Outstanding Small Town Plan” for the Mosinee Downtown Development Plan. The plan was prepared in 2011 by the Mosinee Area Economic Development Committee with professional planning assistance provided by the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. This award validates the City Mosinee’s current land use planning and economic development efforts to ensure the future viability of the historic downtown area.
Architect Josh Johnson, AIA, of Becher-Hoppe Associates, Inc. has been selected to receive the 2013 “Golden Award” from the state society of the American Institute of Architects. The Golden Award is the highest honor the state architects’ society can bestow upon a member. Johnson is being recognized for his distinguished volunteer leadership of the Institute and demonstrated commitment to advancing the architectural profession and the promotion of architecture in the public realm. Becher-Hoppe Associates, Inc. is a firm of consulting engineers, architects, surveyors, and real estate specialists providing a wide spectrum of quality professional services to government, business, and individuals.
Becher-Hoppe Associates, Inc. announces the addition of Nathan J. Wincentsen as their Survey Group Manager. Nathan is a Registered Land Surveyor with over 19 years of experience. Previously, he was a partner of a surveying firm in Weston and Marion, Wisconsin, and served in the United States Marine Corp. Nathan has a Civil Technology degree from Mid-State Technical College and is a member of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors.
Melody R. Hamlin, Matthew T. Graun, and Michael A. Higgins of Becher-Hoppe Associates, Inc. attended Autodesk University in November 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Autodesk University is the premiere training event for CAD professionals. During the week of intense training, Graun and Higgins became AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 Certified Professional’s establishing them among the minority of industry leaders in the most cutting edge design software in the Civil Engineering discipline.
K-tech Restoration Services, a division of K-tech Kleening Systems, Inc. announced that its final crew members recently returned from the East coast helping with Super Storm Sandy cleanup. “It was a long trip back”, says Craig Kersemeier, President of K-tech. “I am grateful for the sacrifice of all of my team members being away from their families and homes for so long. But we had the opportunity to help a lot of people while we were there.” Some of the team members, including Kersemeier himself, were on the coast for over a month.
Keller Planners, Architects and Builders was recently awarded the “Top Volume Award” by American Buildings of Eufaula, Alabama. Keller was presented the award by American Buildings in Peoria, Illinois based on purchasing over 200 million pounds of steel. Wayne Stellmacher, President of Keller, said, “The “Top Volume Award” that was presented to Keller was due to our great customer base. Our loyal customers have propelled us to become a general contractor that provides construction services nationwide.”
In January of 2012, Marshfield Clinic installed a new Toshiba Aquilion One CT scanner in the Wausau Center. Now, a year later, Toshiba is providing a software update for the scanner. “The new software will significantly reduce the level of radiation to our patients,” said Dr. Timothy Swan, chief radiologist, Marshfield Clinic System Radiology. “Depending on the patient and the procedure, the radiation reduction could be 50 percent to 70 percent lower than the already low levels from the Aquilion One.”
Marshfield Clinic Wausau Center has been awarded a three-year reaccreditation in mammography by the American College of Radiology (ACR). “The accreditation is important for our patients, so they know they’re receiving the highest standard of care at what can be a very stressful time,” said Dr. Sarah Nielsen, Marshfield Clinic radiologist. “It shows the commitment of the staff to our patients, providing them with the best care possible.” The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.
Another season of WIAA sports physicals is in the books at Ministry Medical Group Clinic’s in Rib Mountain, Weston and Merrill. Each year, Ministry Medial Group provides free pre-participation sports physicals for students entering grades six through twelve. As a part of the program, donations are accepted and are donated to the athletic department of each participant’s school. More than 200 students took part in the program with donations totaling nearly $3,500 which will be shared with athletic departments of 30 area schools whose students took part in the program.
RMM Solutions is pleased to introduce Brad Kowieski as our new Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. Kowieski joins RMM with over 6 years of business development experience in the information technology industry. In his new role, Kowieski will be responsible for providing strategic direction to grow the RMM client base with a special focus on RMM Vault and developing strategic relationships. Prior to joining RMM, Kowieski led a nationwide business development to support his clients’ strategic direction.
Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Shanna Yonke to their attorney team; she will be based in the Wausau office as a member of the Trusts & Estates Practice Group. A Wausau native, Shanna advises individuals and business owners in all aspects of personal estate and business planning. Working with individuals, Shanna drafts wills and estate plans bringing a particular talent to capturing the family’s desires while maximizing tax saving opportunities.
The Samuels Group was presented with a 2012 Build Wisconsin Award from the Wisconsin Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) in the Design Build – New Construction category. The winning entry, The Noel House, is a stunning 29,838 SF Hampton-style home revealing old world style with modern technology and amenities. An interesting twist to the house is that the Noel’s have set up a trust and plan to someday convert it into a lodge for the children of Portage County through an organization that helps youth.
Travel Leaders located in Schofield announced they’re gearing up to assist travelers, “Travel Better,” now that three of its travel agent experts have just returned from Dallas, site of the 2012 Travel Leaders National Meeting. Owners, Scott & Ann Hunger along with Manager/Agent Kim Banczak represented Wausau’s Travel Leaders at the exclusive industry convention, which drew nearly 600 leading travel agents and industry representatives. Among our takeaways from Dallas, we’re most excited about our new website design and functionality coming in early 2013.
Students at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County (UWMC) will be able to participate in the UW System Flexible Option degree program announced today by University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Reilly, according to Keith Montgomery, campus executive officer and dean. UW Colleges will provide general education, liberal arts freshman and sophomore level offerings that will be available in a competency-based, self-paced format as early as fall 2013.
The Woodson Art Museum will receive a NEA Challenge America grant to bring north-central Wisconsin residents programs enlivening an origami exhibition this winter and a related paper sculpture artist residency in March. “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami” features the work of the world’s foremost origami artists and will be complemented by a Canadian artist’s residency and exhibition, “Calvin Nicholls: Paper Sculpture by Design.” Both exhibitions will be on view at the Woodson Art Museum from January 26 through April 7 and enhanced by Nicholls’ March 5-9 residency.