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HCAD Celebrates Students and Long Term Care Heroes at Spring Banquet

Every year outstanding students, preceptors and friends of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Health Care Administration Program are recognized at the annual spring banquet hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Center for Health Care Administration and Aging Services Excellence (CHAASE). This year, nearly four-hundred participants attended this year’s online event which was held April 15th.  The theme for the banquet was, “TOGETHER WE CAN: Celebrating our Long Term Health Care Heroes."

The banquet started off with a welcome from the Chancellor, James Schmidt.  It was followed by our keynote speaker, James Balda, the  President & CEO of Argentum. Balda is responsible for the overall leadership of the association and with transforming its vision and mission to meet the changing needs of the senior living industry.

Award Recipients:

Preceptor of the Year: Megan Corcoran: WI Veterans Home Health Dimensions, Chippewa Falls, WI
Recognizes the contribution and leadership by a preceptor of the health care administration program.

Distinguished Student: Brooke Harris: Currently in her administrative residency at Woodside Lutheran in Green Bay, WI
Recognizes exceptional performance and extra contributions by a UW-Eau Claire health care administration student.

Distinguished Alumni Award: Jennifer Johnson, Marquardt Village, Watertown, WI
Recognizes distinguished service to the field in a manner that brings credit upon the award recipient and UW-Eau Claire

Distinguished Service Award: Mike Schanke, President of Oakridge Gardens, Menasha, WI
Recognizes the commitment of individuals to the advancement of the Center and the Health Care Administration program at UW – Eau Claire.

Applied Student Leadership Projects:

Internal Operations Award: Brooke Harris
Administrative Residency Site: Woodside Lutheran Home
Project: We Won’t Be Blinded By The Lights: Purposeful Approaches to Reducing Call Light Load
Preceptor: Meghan Mehlberg Fuss

External Relationships Award (Co-Winners):
Drew Flores
Administrative Residency Site: Marquardt Village
Project: Intergenerational Pen Pal Program
Preceptor: Jennifer Johnson

Matthew Burton
Administrative Residency Site: Rocky Knoll Health Care Center
Project: Intergenerational Programming
Preceptor: Kayla Clinton

Customer Service Award: Molly Vissers
Administrative Residency Site: Towne House Retirement
Project: Increasing the Accuracy of Special Diet Orders
Preceptors:  Amy Scheffer

Entrepreneurial Award: Rebecca Koepsell
Administrative Residency Site: Lake Country Health Services
Project: Streamlining Recruitment, Orientation, and Mentoring
Preceptor: Ray Freson


Over $20,000 in scholarships were awarded for the 2021-22 year. Special thanks to our scholarship donors.  Please see here for all scholarship recipients. 

Banquet Sponsorship:

Special thanks to our 2021 CHAASE Banquet Sponsors.

Platinum Sponsors

The Alden Network

Life Care Services

Marquardt Village

Gold Sponsors

Covenant Living Communities and Services

Oak Park Place

Heritage Senior Living

Silver Sponsors

Mayo Health Services

Bethany St. Joseph Corporation

Tealwood Senior Living

Pathway Health

Presbyterian Homes & Services

Good Samaritan Society

Bronze Sponsors

Brewster Village

Benedictine Health Services

Eden Senior Care

Ide Management Group

Martin Luther Manor

Matrix Care

Minnesota Masonic Homes

Monarch Healthcare

North Shore Healthcare

St. Paul Elder Services

Wisconsin Assisted Living Association

Please save the date for the 2022 CHAASE Spring Banquet-April 21st, 2022 at The Lismore, Eau Claire, WI.