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Grateful patients continue to honor their Shining Stars

Nearly 200 Marshfield Clinic staff members have been honored with Shining Stars since the program began in 2012.

The Shining Star program gives patients and families an opportunity to honor individuals or departments who have made a difference in their Marshfield Clinic experience.

Pictured above: Susan Vacca, her husband Richard Vacca (right) and Dr. Douglas Reding meet after the Shining Star presentation.

In some cases, grateful patients choose to honor multiple providers who they credit for keeping them healthy or saving their lives. Susan Vacca, a former teacher, has honored 15 Shining Stars to Marshfield Clinic staffers.   All have provided excellent care to Vacca's family.

"I've given all those Shining Stars to the staff because they're very knowledgeable in their fields and good with their patients," Vacca said.

Douglas Reding, M.D., is one of the Shining Stars she honored from outside of Minocqua.  Dr. Reding is a hematologist/oncologist at the Marshfield Center, who is treating Vacca's husband, Richard.  Vacca couldn't believe that this was Dr. Reding's first Shining Star.

"I think he always takes the time to deal with people, which is amazing because he's not only a busy doctor but also the vice president of the Clinic. All of the Clinic's staff take time to listen to you, and that's what Dr. Reding does. You really know he's listening to you," Susan Vacca said.

Find more Shining Star photos and stories on our Marshfield Clinic Development Facebook page at

Tammy MeisnnerWhy I give to Marshfield Clinic
"We consider our involvement with Marshfield Clinic to be an important investment, not only for our family's future, but the entire community as well."
-- Tammy Meissner