New members join Friends of Sacred Heart Hospital Leadership Council

Julie Manas, CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital, is pleased to announce that Garrett Baumgardner, Linda Danielson, Jim Geraghty, M.D., and Robert Ridenour III, M.D., have joined the Friends of Sacred Heart Hospital Leadership Council.

Baumgardner serves as production print marketing specialist at E.O. Johnson Office Technologies. Danielson serves as attorney and shareholder at Ruder Ware, L.L.C. Jim Geraghty, M.D., is a certified radiologist with Medical X-Ray Consultants and practices at Sacred Heart Hospital. Robert Ridenour III, M.D., is a certified pathologist with Pathology Service Corporation and also practices at Sacred Heart Hospital.

“As Friends of Sacred Heart supports the hospital’s efforts to meet community needs, we are grateful for the commitment of these outstanding individuals to advance our hospital’s health care mission and ministry through philanthropy,” said Ann Kaiser, CFRE, director of Friends of Sacred Heart Hospital.

Returning Friends Leadership Council members are: Todd Anderson, Linda Erickson, Bill Kaiser, Jack Kaiser, Jason Plante, Tom Pulse, Jeff Theisen and Bob Weisenberger.

Jason Plante, director of business development at Market & Johnson, will serve as chair of the Friends Leadership Council. Tom Pulse, president of Ayres Associates, previously served in that role. Linda Erickson, mortgage lender with U.S. Bank, will serve as vice chair.

Outgoing members are Thomas Edwards, M.D., Michael Happe and David Johnson.

“We are very grateful to our retiring members for their years of service,” said Kaiser. “They have left their mark by positively impacting patient care and creating new treatment possibilities for the residents of our region.”

Friends of Sacred Heart Hospital is Sacred Heart Hospital’s foundation. Since it was established in 1983, Friends has invested millions of dollars in patient programs, technological advancements and facilities at Sacred Heart Hospital, including $6.2 million for the Center for Advanced Surgery and Medicine, $1.5 million for the daVinci robotic surgical system, and more than $1 million establishing an endowment to honor the ministry of Monsignor Edmund Klimek, senior priest chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital. 



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About Sacred Heart Hospital

Sacred Heart Hospital is an affiliate of the Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889 it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition. For more information about
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About Hospital Sisters Health System

Hospital Sisters Health System is a Roman Catholic health care mission founded to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care framed in traditional values taught by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.  It is dedicated to serving all people, including the poor and the needy, at each of its 13 Local Systems in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Litchfield, Springfield and Streator) and in Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). For more information about HSHS, visit