Wipfli client’s director Mary Peterson honored for achievements in rural health care industry


November 5, 2013
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Mary Peterson, a long-time staff member of Wipfli’s client Mile Bluff Clinic (Mauston, Wisconsin), was recently awarded the National Association of Rural Health Clinics’ (NARHC) Ron Nelson Award. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment to the advancement of rural health clinics.

“Mary Peterson’s connection to Wipfli goes back many years,” said Jeff Johnson, a Wipfli health care partner. “We are thrilled that Mary is being honored for her exemplary work at Mile Bluff Clinic. It is great to see long-standing Wipfli clients go above and beyond the call of duty within the industry they serve.”

Peterson, who served as the Director of Compliance and Billing for Mile Bluff Clinic, spent more than 40 years working in the health care industry, 15 of which were spent advocating for rural health clinics. During that time, Peterson founded an informal rural health care group in Wisconsin that allows health care providers to share concerns, experiences and to continue pursuing education in the field. Additionally, she has participated in open door forums and petition calls for legislation change.

The award was presented to Peterson by Bill Finerfrock, co-founder and Executive Director of the NARHC, at the association’s Fall Conference in Indianapolis. Michael Bell, a retired Wipfli partner who served the industry for over 30 years, was also honored with the same award.

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