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April 24, 2019

3/18/2019 8:45:00 AM
Upland Hills Health announces employee recognitions

Three people were honored with well-respected and long-standing recognitions at the Upland Hills Health (UHH) Annual Award celebration in February. Becky Tank of Dodgeville, Kari Tranel of Blue Mounds and Laura Isaacson of Mount Horeb were honored for their contributions to the organization, to patients and to the community.
Kari Tranel, Physical Therapist, was honored with the Kaye Walsh Spirit of Optimism Award. This award recognizes a UHH employee or volunteer who exemplifies a spirit of optimism and excellence in customer service when serving patients, families, and colleagues. In life, Kaye demonstrated her expertise in radiology, her concern for patients and their families, and her dedication to her employees and our hospital.
Kari is able to connect with a wide variety of people and their family members with her engaging smile, kind words, and excellent treatment skills. She sees every situation as an opportunity to improve something or learn something new, and inspires this in her co-workers as well. Kari often participates in community wellness events or Upland Hills events after her typical work hours being a positive "face" of Upland Hills Health. She has a passion for representing not only Upland Hills Health, but the physical therapy profession as well.
Laura Isaacson, Director of Clinical Nutrition, was recognized with the Award for Outstanding Leadership. This award recognizes an Upland Hills Health employee who demonstrates outstanding leadership to the mission of Upland Hills Health, Inc.
Under Laura's leadership, working with county government officials and highlighting the many efforts taking place within UHH and through our partnerships, Iowa County was designated as a bronze level awardee for the Wisconsin Health Communities designation. The Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation recognizes and encourages achievements in health improvement in Wisconsin communities. Only six communities in the state realized this recognition. Signs are currently being posted along the county roads displaying this designation.
Laura is also a leader in her field of clinical nutrition, and serves as the President of the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Becky Tank, R.N., Cardiopulmonary Rehab Co-Manager, received the Kaye Davis Community Wellness Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who has actively demonstrated a commitment to actions that promote the well-being and quality of life in their communities. Throughout her life's work, Kaye carried an innermost desire to serve humanity and one's fellow man.
For 25 years, Becky has been a Registered Nurse at Upland Hills Health. She has served in the intensive care unit along with the medical/surgical care floor, and more recently, has managed the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program along with the Cancer Empowerment Program. Though she has worked tirelessly in these roles, she has committed time to many other groups that promote community wellness.
Internally, she has served on the Upland Hills Health Wellness Committee and Community Health Needs Assessment Committee, but has also dedicated her time to the Dodgeville Food Locker, Healthy Iowa County Initiative, Healthy Hospital Initiative, Go-Time committees, Farm to Hospital Committee, and many more. She has organized six years of the Community Fun Run/Walk and continues to serve on the committee for this event that promotes physical activity in our community. She has continued to support and help organize the WISCPHR Hearts of Gold Games, by evoking participation in a regional event for anyone that has been touched by cardiovascular disease--a contest in which her team has won several times! Becky never passes up an opportunity to encourage and inspire individuals to maximize their own potential, and relentlessly works toward a vision for greater community wellness.
For more information, contact Upland Hills Health at 608-930-8000 or visit

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