Wipfli-RWHC Cost Champions Award

The Wipfli-RWHC Cost Champions Award has been launched to “encourage and share implemented cost savings ideas suggested by a team or individual employed by a RWHC rural hospital. Click here for the  PROGRAM DESCRIPTION (pdf) 

Download the Wipfli-RWHC Cost Champions Award application (word doc).

Applications are due by end of January to Holly S Pokrandt , CPA | Partner | Wipfli LLP


Wipfli-RWHC Cost Champions Award Recipients

  • First Place ($1,500) :  Amanda Reilly, Director of Quality Services, at Southwest Health for “Introducing the Use of a Registered Nurse Flex Pool”
  • Honorable Mention ($500 ):  Ashley Thayer, PT, Director of Rehab Services, at Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics for “Discontinuing the Use of Linen in Care of Rehab Patients”
  • Honorable Mention ($500): Brian Swain, Accounting & Material Services Manager, at Stoughton Health for “ Eliminating the Use of Paper Statements for Credit Card Company
  • First Place ($1,500) :   Dan Arndt & Autumn Kumlien, Operations Services and Nutrition Coordinators, at Stoughton Hospital for “Reducing Staffing and Leveraging Community Partnerships.”
  • Honorable Mention ($500):   Melody Hargis, Director of Inpatient Services, at Door County Medical Center for “Implementing a New Staffing Plan that Called for Two IC Nurses Inhouse 24/7.”
  • Honorable Mention  ($500):   Judy Dayton, Director of Ancillary Services, at Gundersen Boscobel Clinic for “Restructuring the Lab Status.” 
  • First Place ($1,500):  Sauk Prairie Healthcare:  David Pulvermacher, Maintenance Mechanic
  • Honorable Mention ($500):  Stoughton Hospital Association:  Liz Touchett, Rehab Services Manager
  • Honorable Mention  ($500):  Mile Bluff Medical Center:  Rebecca Oetzman , Accounting Director
  • First Place ($1,500):  Fort HealthCare:  Greg Dempsey, Facilities Manager
  • Honorable Mention ($500):    Southwest Health Center:  Todd Lull, Director of IT
  • Honorable Mention ($500):  Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital:  Accounting Director , Director of Materials Management; Rick Sauer, Director of Financial Services; Lynn Dederich , Distribution Assistant; Jody Cotton , Distribution Assistant; Holly Halberslaben , Clinic Manager; and Jennifer Ekenberg , Registration Specialist
  • First Place ($1,500): Mauston:  Jodi Lankey, Purchasing Agent
  • Honorable Mention ($500):    Stoughton: Julie Stenbroten, Home Health Manager
  • Honorable Mention  ($500):   Rhinelander:  Lisa Michaelis-Alft, Regional Director of Lab Services
  • First Place:  Monroe Clinic:  Rhonda Roenneburg, Director of Imaging Services
  • Honorable Mention:  Fort Healthcare :  Sally Fetherston, Materials Manager
  • Honorable Mention: Stoughton Hospital:   Autumn Kumlien, Clinical Dietitian, and Penny Bauman, Senior PC/LAN Analyst
  • First Place: Ministry Door County Medical Center: Dale Massey, Manager of Patient Registration
  • Honorable Mention:  Southwest Health Center: Nicole Adrian, Pharmacy Purchasing Control Technician
  • Honorable Mention: St. Clare Hospital: Melinda Schoen, CQI Director
  • First Place: Vernon Memorial Healthcare:  Terry Bullock, Accounts Payable Clerk, Jessica Bjerkos, Accountant, and Lynn Taylor, Accountant
  • Honorable Mention: Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital:  Rita Kazda, Food Services Supervisor, and Tara Ringler, Dietician
  • Honorable Mention: St. Croix Regional Medical Center (SCRMC):  Tara Yunker, Director of Pharmacy, and Anita Lundquist, Manager of Unity Pharmacy
  • First Place: Boscobel Area Medical Center:  Nursing Staff, Fair Changes Scheduling Process that Reduced Overtime.
  • Honorable Mention: Stoughton Hospital Association:  Public Relations Department, Consolidating Multiple Newsletters into One Quarterly Publication
  • Honorable Mention: Richland Hospital:  Jim Summwalt, Revising Procedures for Maintaining Hospital's Boiler System
  • First Place: Reedsburg Memorial Hospital :  CRNAs, Revisions to Anesthesia Gas Use & Flow Rates
  • Honorable Mention: Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital:  Kelli McKee, Elimination of Unnecessary Paper Reports
  • Honorable Mention: Richland Hospital:  Monica Fry, Reduction in Cost of Digital Record Keeping