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Rice names new chief nursing officer

WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital has selected registered nurse Wendy Ulferts as chief nursing officer and associate administrator for care management. Ulferts has been serving as interim chief nursing officer since April.

As chief nursing officer, she is responsible for directing nursing and patient care services provided throughout the organization. She also is responsible for designing and implementing processes and systems for integrated care delivery and ensuring that standards for high-quality care are met.

Prior to her appointment as interim chief nursing officer, Ulferts was director of acute care services at Rice, where she oversaw the adult health care and women's and children's departments. She also served as the director of inpatient services for eight years and the maternal child health care manager for almost four years. Ulferts began her career at Rice in 1994 as a staff nurse in obstetrics.

She earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Bethel University in St. Paul and a master's in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. She is an active member of Business and Professional Women in Willmar.

Ulferts lives in Willmar with her husband, Joe, and their twin daughters, McKenna and McKayla.

Reznecheck joins Hair & More

WILLMAR -- Jeanne Reznecheck has joined Hair & More, located at 1305 First St. S., in Willmar.

Rezne-check has 5½ years of experience and will offer haircuts, perms, colors and styles and updos as an independent contractor at the salon owned by Kathy Slinden.

Perez, Johnson join Heritage Bank in Willmar

WILLMAR -- Robert Perez and Ann Winge Johnson have joined the staff at Heritage Bank in Willmar.

Perez is a customer service representative. Before joining Heritage Bank, Perez managed and operated El Tapatio restaurant in Willmar.

Perez has been involved in the community as president of the Cinco de Mayo annual celebration, Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Latino Business Owner Committee, Latino Service Providers Network, and is a recent graduate of the Leadership Perspectives Program.

Perez and his wife, Aurelia, live in Willmar and have five children.

Johnson is marketing coordinator at Heritage Bank. In her new position, Johnson will be responsible for planning, directing, and implementing the bank's marketing and public relations objectives. Before joining the bank, Johnson worked as a sales representative for the Lakes Area Review newspaper in New London.

Johnson and her husband live in Hawick and have three children.

Stellar Billing purchases Midwest Data

WILLMAR -- Stellar Billing LLC announces it has purchased the operations and assets of Midwest Data, a subsidiary of Life Science Innovations. Stellar Billing's corporate headquarters are now located in the previous Midwest Data facility on the MinnWest Technology campus in Willmar.

Stellar Billing is a full-service telecommunications billing provider and is owned by four companies: CBT Inc. (owners Linda Spoors and David Langerud); Federated Telephone of Chokio; and Farmers Mutual Telephone of Bellingham, managed jointly by General Manager Kevin Beyer and Spring Grove Communications General Manager Craig Otterness.

Spoors, current Stellar Billing CEO and longtime Willmar resident, will remain CEO. She is a former Midwest Data employee with more than 25 years of industry experience.

David Langerud, who is also a former Midwest Data employee, will remain COO of Stellar Billing. Glenn Miller, former Midwest Data general manager, will be Stellar Billing manager of fulfillment operations and special projects.

The Midwest Data acquisition increases the number of clients and revenue and brings a full-service fulfillment department to print and mail bills from company platforms or from other industry providers. In addition, Midwest Data's current customer base broadens the impact as an industry leader not only in Minnesota but the entire Midwest.

UCare recognizes ACMC for top performance

WILLMAR -- Affiliated Community Medical Centers has been singled out by UCare as one of its top-performing organizations.

UCare recently held its first provider recognition event to recognize outstanding performances by Minnesota clinics and care systems that participated in UCare's Pay for Performance program.

ACMC received a P4P award for Medicaid overall performance quality of care.

Through the P4P program, UCare paid $2.4 million to clinics and care systems across Minnesota for achieving key quality-of-health measurements in 2008. This was a 58 percent increase over results in 2007. The payments were made to 546 eligible care systems and independent clinics serving Minnesota Health Care Program members and to 365 eligible care systems and independent clinics serving members of the UCare for Seniors Medicare Advantage plan.


Goeman Agency LLC of Clara City and Huseby Insurance Agency of Sacred Heart recently received Awards of Excellence from Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company of Grinnell, Iowa.

Goeman Agency was recognized for five years of outstanding achievement in the insurance profession and superior performance for Grinnell Mutual. Goeman Agency is an agent for Western Mutual Fire Insurance Company in Balaton, a mutual insurance company affiliated with Grinnell Mutual.

Huseby Agency was recognized for 15 years of outstanding achievement in the insurance profession and superior performance for Grinnell Mutual. Huseby is an agent for Bird Island-Hawk Creek Mutual Insurance Company in Bird Island, a mutual insurance company affiliated with Grinnell Mutual.

Grinnell has been in business since 1909 and provides reinsurance and property and casualty insurance products for home owners, farm owners, and business owners through nearly 1,600 independent agents in 11 Midwestern states.