Business briefs for Nov. 15

Snell hired at SW/WC Service Cooperative

Lance Snell was recently hired at the SW/WC Service Cooperative as the Helpdesk operator. Snell will provide technical support for all SW/WC SC staff and member school districts. He recently graduated with a bachelor of science in computer science from Southwest Minnesota State University.

New precision ag specialist at Schuneman Equipment Co. in Marshall

Schuneman Equipment Co. welcomes Amanda Hatlevedt to the Marshall sales team. She will serve as the precision ag specialist for the greater Marshall area.

Hatlevedt grew up in agriculture in the Marshall area. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls with a major in ag business and a minor in animal science. Her experience as a swine production specialist, crop adjuster and retail sales rep have prepared Hatlevedt for her new role as a precision ag specialist. She will continue to reside in Marshall and looks forward to working with farmers in the area.

The agriculture industry is rapidly changing and Schuneman Equipment Co. is responding to the increased needs by adding to its pool of talented employees. Schuneman Equipment Co. is an authorized John Deere Dealer and has been in business since 1979. It currently owns and operate six locations in western Minnesota and eastern South Dakota with more than 200 employees.

Buchanan honored with Physician Excellence Award

Affiliated Community Medical Centers announces that ACMC-Willmar obstetrics and gynecology physician, Dr. Glenn Buchanan, has been awarded the 2013 Physician Excellence Award. He received a crystal statue and a donation to the charity of his choice, the YMCA. This award is given annually to honor an outstanding ACMC physician for his or her leadership, innovation, clinical knowledge and dedication to patients, community, profession and colleagues.

“Dr. Buchanan came to Willmar in 1978 and began his ob/gyn practice,” said ACMC Medical Director, Dr. Richard Wehseler. “He has served his patients and colleagues here with distinction ever since that time and has held most leadership positions in our medical community.”

Buchanan has served patients in the local community for 35 years. He has delivered thousands of newborn babies and brought reproductive endocrinology as a field of specialty to this region of the state and country. His work and service in the field of endocrinology has improved the lives of many hundreds of families in west central Minnesota. Many young families have Dr. Buchanan to thank for their ability to grow and thrive.

Along with his busy patient schedule, Buchanan has held many leadership positions. He was chief of staff at Rice Memorial Hospital in the early 1980s, has served two full terms on ACMC’s Board of Trustees and has served numerous times as the chief of obstetrics at Rice Memorial Hospital. He also guided the development of a physician peer review system at Rice Memorial Hospital. He has held a teaching clinical faculty position at the University of Minnesota Medical School and most recently was named by the governor of Minnesota to serve on the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.