Taking Stock

11:33 PM, May 25, 2013  |  Comments
Bud Chumbley
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? Dale Sankey has joined the lending team at the Stevens Point branch of The Portage County Bank, bringing 22 years of financial services experience.

The Portage County Bank is a locally owned and managed, full-service community bank.


? Dr. Jodi Punke accepted the position of medical director for Aspirus Senior Health. Punke will be responsible for providing clinical direction for the care of older adults with a focus on optimizing health, function and independence. She also will provide consults in the Aspirus Palliative Medicine program.

Aspirus Senior Health is a group of services that align resources to provide high-quality care at lower costs so older adults can achieve better health.

? Dr. Kristin Ehster is the newest team member at the Bautch East Clinic, a member of Allied Health Chiropractic Centers. Allied Health is staffed with skilled doctors throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan.

? Dr. Noel Deep, an internal medicine specialist with the Aspirus General Clinic and Langlade Hospital, received certification in hospice and palliative medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine. Deep also was elected to serve a three-year term on the Wisconsin Medical Society board of directors. He was elected to the position during the organization's annual meeting April 13 and 14 in Madison.

? Dr. William Raduege, a family physician who sees patients at Aspirus clinics in Land O'Lakes and Woodruff, has been appointed to the Wisconsin Medicaid Pharmacy Prior Authorization Advisory Committee. Raduege joins the 10-member committee that consists of practicing physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and consumer representatives. The PA Committee plays a critical role in assisting the Department of Health Services in administering the Preferred Drug List program, a tool that helps the Medicaid program in determining preferred and nonpreferred status for drugs within therapeutic classes. The members of the committee provide expert clinical advice and recommendations on preferred and nonpreferred status of drugs within the PDL.

? Dr. Clyde "Bud" Chumbley, president of Aspirus Clinics and Chief Clinical Integration Officer for Aspirus, has rejoined the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality board. The WCHQ is a multistakeholder, voluntary consortium of members from Wisconsin health systems, medical groups, hospitals and health plans. WCHQ members and stakeholders measure and report the quality and affordability of health care services in Wisconsin.

? The Wisconsin Medical Society selected Dr. Ryan Gossett and Dr. William Nietert from Aspirus Kronenwetter Clinic as the recipients of the 2013 Physician Citizen of the Year Award. The two were honored during the Society's annual meeting in Madison for their contributions to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Gossett and Nietert have helped enable more than 800 military veterans from northern Wisconsin to fly to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built in their honor. Prior to each flight, Gossett and Nietert screen veterans' medical history and interview every participant to ensure he or she receives the medical assistance needed on flight day. The Physician Citizen of the Year Award recognizes physicians in the state who volunteer their time and talents through civic and cultural activities.

? The Aspirus Women's Health Breast Center has been granted full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Administered by the American College of Surgeons, the NAPBC grants accreditation to centers committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care. Aspirus earned 100 percent compliance of all standards.

? Aspirus Kidney Care in Wausau, Memorial Health Center Kidney Care and the Langlade Hospital Dialysis Center have completed the 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program for outpatient dialysis. The program is a series of educational modules that facilities complete in order to implement patient safety principles for dialysis staff and patients.

? Charis Counseling LLC announced the addition of psychotherapist Julie Nelson to its therapy team. Nelson specializes in issues pertaining to grief, couple relationships, parenting, chronic illness and substance abuse.

? Sara Finger-Warmuth, executive director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health, received the Wisconsin Medical Society's Presidential Citation during the organization's annual meeting April 13 in Madison. Finger-Warmuth was recognized for her work as a champion of women's health issues.

Since 2004, Finger-Warmuth has led efforts to develop and grow WAWH, a nonprofit organization that deals specifically with women's health advocacy and health policy throughout the entire life cycle. Finger-Warmuth also is executive director of the Dane County Medical Society, serves as president-elect of the Wisconsin Public Health Association, is a steering committee member of the Wisconsin-based coalition Covering Kids & Families and chairs the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care Public Affairs Committee.

? Klasinski Clinic in Stevens Point has announced Dr. Todd A. Fairchild, M.D., has joined the practice as a spine surgeon.

A graduate of Harvard University, he completed medical school at Yale University School of Medicine and his residency at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. Fairchild comes to Klasinski Clinic from Aspirus Wausau Hospital, where he practiced for more than three years.

Fairchild treats spine conditions such as stenosis, scoliosis, disc herniations, fractures, spondylolisthesis and degenerative disc disease. He is board certified and was fellowship trained at the Twin Cities Spine Center in Minneapolis, having practiced under leading experts in the field.

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