(6/19/14) Black River Falls – The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) recognized Nicole Schweitzer, rehabilitation services manager for Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH), as a Rural Health Ambassador. Schweitzer has been with BRMH for 18 years, 14 of which have been in the manager role.
Some of the criteria of the award include supporting and strengthening rural healthcare within their community, demonstrating a positive attitude and demeanor during interactions with patients, visitors, co-workers and other customers, serving as the hospital representative on community boards and service organizations, taking advantage of volunteer or public speaking opportunities through the hospital, participating in hospital events (health fairs, outreach activities, etc.) and supporting community health activities beyond the scope of the hospital.
Schweitzer has been very involved in the hospital and especially in the community. She has been involved with Jackson in Action (a coalition working on decreasing obesity in Jackson County), Special Olympics, Jackson County Board of Public Health and Human Services, Lunda Community Center Board, and the Boys and Girls Club. She has been the spearhead behind the Jackson County Fitness Day occurring on June 28th at the Lake Wazee Recreation Area, as well.
Amy Yaeger, marketing and business development manager, wrote in her nomination about Schweitzer, "You will not find anyone in our community who works harder to bring wellness education to Black River Falls and the Jackson County Area. She is progressive and a big picture thinker. She is constantly called on for her expertise and always puts others first. She is so passionate about a healthier society and exudes positivity. She is so committed to our community all while raising a family and taking time to be outdoors. I can't imagine not having her on our management team."