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Health Care Administrators and Students
Receive UW-Eau Claire Awards

 MAILED:  April 9, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Robert Kane has received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s health care administration program, recognizing his support of the university’s Center for Health and Aging Services Excellence.

Kane, chair of the long-term care program at the University of Minnesota, is a member of the CHASE board of advisers, and was instrumental in providing initial energy and finding resources to develop the CHASE partnership.

CHASE is an innovative applied center that brings professional health care administrators and professionals together with faculty and students in a variety of ways, including providing scholarship dollars and practicum sites, supporting undergraduate research, meeting with students as they develop leadership projects, and advising faculty on curriculum to help ensure that graduates have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the health care field.

One of CHASE’s main goals is to continue to “raise the bar” of excellence for the field of health and aging services administration, thereby enhancing the image and value of the profession, said Doug Olson, assistant professor of allied health professions.

Carissa Behnke, a senior health care administration major from Reedsville, received the program’s Distinguished Student Award, recognizing her exceptional performance and contributions to the health care administration program. She is in the health care administration student organization and was chair of the Spring Banquet Committee. She currently is in practicum at Brewster Village in Appleton.

Karen Robinson received the Distinguished Alumni Award, recognizing her distinguished service to the field in a way that brings credit to her and the university. A graduate of the health care administration program, she is the CEO of Chippewa Manor in Chippewa Falls. She has been a leader in the Wisconsin Health Care Association, served on the state’s licensing board for long-term care administrators and is a member of the CHASE board of advisers. Chippewa Manor is a practicum site for UW-Eau Claire students.

The awards were presented earlier this month at a banquet titled “Stepping up to the Plate: Quality Leaders for Quality Care.” Mary Tellis-Nayak, president and CEO of the American College of Health Care Administrators, spoke to the more than 140 professionals and students attending the banquet.

For more information about the health care administration program or CHASE, contact Doug Olson at (715) 836-5067 or


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Updated: April 8, 2004