Hicks hired as health administrator
Jill Hicks has been hired as administrator for the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program/Healthy Beginnings Program for Portage and Wood counties through the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Her appointment began June 1.
Hicks received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, with a major in health promotion and wellness along with a minor in Nutrition. She currently is enrolled in graduate school at UWSP studying Human and Community Resources.
Hicks has worked for 12 years with the UW-Extension in Portage County, the last eight as staff mentor/home visitor/nutrition educator. In her new role, she will focus teachings and programming to best meet the changing needs of families in Portage County.
The Wisconsin Nutrition Education/Healthy Beginnings Program provides nutrition, food budgeting and food safety education programs to limited-income families, children and seniors.
Emmons Business Interiors honored
Stevens Point-based Emmons Business Interiors, Wisconsin's largest furniture dealership, has earned a distinguished award from The HON Co. for outstanding sales and service to its office furniture customers in 2012.
HON, the largest operating company of HNI Corp., the second-largest office furniture manufacturer in the world, honored EBI with the award during the recent "Team Up with HON" 30th anniversary dealer loyalty trip to Monte Carlo.
"Our team has worked hard to provide outstanding service and high-quality office furniture solutions to our customers and business partners," said Robert Andersen, president of EBI. "We are focused on technology, training, customer service and product expertise, and we're pleased to receive an award of excellence from HON that recognizes and celebrates our achievements."
Iola Living Assistance receives award
Iola Living Assistance recently received a financial award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Iola participated in the Nursing Home Value Based Purchasing Demonstration, which began in 2009 and ended in 2012. The goal of the demonstration, which included 171 nursing homes from Arizona, New York and Wisconsin, was to test whether value-based purchasing can improve the quality of nursing home care while reducing the overall Medicare costs.
Participating nursing homes were judged on their annual state and federal survey, nurse staffing, minimum data set and the number of residents admitted to a hospital. Iola Living Assistance finished in the top 10 percent of participating facilities.
Iola Living Assistance is a nonprofit organization that operates the community-owned, 50-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility. In addition to this facility, they own and operate Butternut Ridge an independent living apartment complex and Living Oaks, a 24-unit assisted living facility.