The 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 

Click for the Wipfli-RWHC Cost Champions Award application . Applications are due by end of January to Joe Svetlik, Financial Consulting Services Senior Manager.


Wipfli-RWHC Cost Champions Award Recipients


  • 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
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