Inside Track

Turville Bay's Barbara Thiermann, plus other Madison biz happenings

The search for a passionate, dynamic executive can be a difficult task. It can take months, sometimes even years, to find and then groom that person who truly understands a company’s mission, and can deliver that message effectively. When you hire from within, the stability as well as the institutional knowledge that type of leadership brings with it can be an added bonus. For Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology Center, that’s exactly what happened when Barbara Thiermann was named executive director in January after serving as interim director for a year. If only other business decisions were this simple.

On emerging as the number-one candidate in a nationwide search: “The longer I was in the position, the longer I was feeling this ownership.”

About the team: “When people walk away from here, because the staff is so great … they feel like they’ve just spent the last six weeks with a member of their family.”

Location, location: “Most radiation oncology departments are in hospital basements. Ours overlooks Lake Monona, and is comforting, warm with a compassionate staff.”

Health care reform: “The biggest strategy for us is to make sure we’re maintaining the technology but also finding that balance because we know the health care dollars aren’t going to be there.”

Industry news: “New imaging technology to treat cancer allows us to be more precise, see better outcomes.”

The final word: “This is a very exciting time for me, and it’s an exciting time for Turville Bay. My goal is to continue to maintain a high level of care and compassion that we offer our patients with state of the art technology and therapy.”

The Vitals

• Originally from Milwaukee
• Moved to Stoughton in 1994
• Married, 3 adult children. Son plays soccer for the Badgers
• Started at Turville Bay in 1995 as a staff radiation therapist
• Volunteer: Gilda’s Club, Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure, American Cancer Society

The Breakdown


A big shout out to UW engineering physics professor Doug Henderson for winning the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering Mentoring. He founded the Graduate Research Scholars program, a peer support network for UW students of color seeking advanced education.


Congratulations to Madison native Henry Sanders, recently appointed the regional advocate for the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. He will be its direct link to small business owners, government agencies, legislators, trade groups and small business organizations in a six-state region. Sanders was tapped for this role by former Madisonian Winslow Sargeant, chief counsel for advocacy, who was tapped for his role by President Obama.


Rick Flowers’ south side night club R Place on Park has come under fire for disturbances outside the establishment. Late last year, Flowers filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city alleging that his business has faced a disproportionate amount of scrutiny for weapons-related incidents. Regard-less of the legal outcome, let’s hope the police department finds ways to deal with and punish the folks who are causing the problems—not hard-working, job-creating business owners.

Derrell Connor hosts “Outreach” on NewsTalk 1310 WIBA, pens a column for Channel 3000 and freelances for Madison Magazine.

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