Business Notes - Feb. 26

CliftonLarsonAllen announces interns/seasonal hires CliftonLarsonAllen, Brainerd office, announced the hiring of interns and a seasonal tax preparer. The following students accepted intern positions and are working and gaining experience in tax a...

Jill Wittrock
Jill Wittrock

CliftonLarsonAllen announces interns/seasonal hires

CliftonLarsonAllen, Brainerd office, announced the hiring of interns and a seasonal tax preparer.

The following students accepted intern positions and are working and gaining experience in tax and assurance areas.

New hires include: David Herman, Bemidji State University, Bemidji; Emily Olson, Minnesota State, Mankato; Krysta Haugley, University of Wisconsin - Superior; Taylor Sabol, Bemidji State University, Bemidji; Travis Enger, Bemidji State University, Bemidji; Wyatt Papenfuss, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.

Jon Knutson, a graduate of Bemidji State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, has been hired as a seasonal tax preparer.


Wittrock becomes CRMC oncology care coordinator

Registered Nurse Jill Wittrock of Ironton will begin serving as Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's oncology care coordinator on Monday.

She will assist patients as a navigator with every step of their cancer treatment.

Formerly a registered nurse clinic coordinator in general surgery, Wittrock replaces Christine Roy who transferred to the radiology department. She has a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Bemidji State University where she graduated with magna cum laude honors.

The CRMC's oncology care coordinator is a complimentary resource for cancer patients. The role of the nurse is to support patients and families throughout the entire cancer experience; assess the patients' needs and make referrals to appropriate services and resources; help coordinate care between healthcare providers; advocate for timely delivery of care; and provide information to empower patients to take an active role in their treatment and into recovery.

The CRMC Cancer Care Center is accredited by The Joint Commission and has been accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons since 2013.

Guetterman named Ascensus VP

Ascensus, the nation's largest independent retirement plan and college savings services provider, has appointed Dennis Guetterman as vice president of business development for the firm's retirement division.


In this role, Guetterman will present Ascensus as a partner of choice for financial institutions, strengthening the firm's market position with IRAs, qualified plans, and health savings accounts. He will also oversee Ascensus' sales team specializing in the firm's IRA, HSA, and ESA products and services. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the FinTech space and a strong background in client relationship building and strategic market planning.

Before joining Ascensus, Guetterman served as executive vice president of sales and marketing at Automated Collection Services Inc. where he was responsible for developing strategic growth initiatives and expanding corporate visibility. He also served as vice president of Array Services Group where he managed both the sales and operational staff. Guetterman received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

"Dennis has an impressive track record in driving sales growth for established products and services, as well as new offerings," said Steve Christenson, Ascensus' executive vice president of retirement and health services, in a news release.

Riverwood to host annual meeting

The Aitkin Community Hospital, Inc., more commonly known as Riverwood Healthcare Center, will host its annual meeting 6 p.m. March 14 at the 40 Club Convention Center in Aitkin.

Riverwood will present an overview of the finances for the organization and its operations along with highlights for the Foundation, Auxiliary, medical staff and quality management.

An election of board members whose terms are expiring-Chad Gross, David Meyer and Steve Wilson-will be held at the meeting. Anyone from the public is invited to attend, but only eligible members of the Riverwood corporation will be permitted to vote.

Those who attend will receive Riverwood's annual report for fiscal year 2016, which will also be available online at


CRMC gains award

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center's HomeHealth Partnership received an award recognizing home health agencies that continuously provide quality care as measured from the patient's point of view.

HomeHealth Partnership was named a 2016 Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, a leading provider of web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services and advanced analytics.

This is the third consecutive year HomeHealth Partnership received the honor. Developed by Deyta Analytics, HHCAHPS Honors uses patient satisfaction measures to acknowledge the highest performing agencies by first analyzing performance on Question 25 - Willingness to Recommend as a qualifier and then analyzing performance on 18 other questions that comprise the reported measures over a 12-month period.

The HHCAHPS Honors recipients are those agencies scoring above the HEALTHCAREfirst national average on at least 85 percent of the evaluated questions.

HomeHealth Partnership is part of the Medical Campus in Crosby.

The Dispatch welcomes business notes submissions via email to , or fax to 218-829-0211, mail to Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401 or use the drop-off box in the alley next to the Dispatch building on James Street. Questions are welcome to Renee Richardson at 218-855-5852.

More business notes may be part of the Business Extra section in Monday's edition.


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