Jim Kipp came to the Marshfield Clinic in 1968. At that time, he had already established a long career in electronics. However, Jim had a goal. He wanted to introduce a new specialty to Marshfield known as Bio-Medical Electronics. With the help of many clinic physicians, Jim learned how to apply his background to the medical environment. Jim became a real pioneer in those early days; designing and building many bio-electronic devices that are now commonly manufactured. Some of Jim's work included perfusion pumps and various nerve stimulators.
Early on Jim recognized the importance of AAMI Certification. He was among the first fifty to earn that distinction, and later on was named to a seat on the AAMI Advisory Board. When the Western Wisconsin Technical College contemplated an educational program in Bio-Medical Technology, they called on Jim. He had become an authority, to guide them in their curriculum development. Jim always remained involved with WWTC as a program advisor.
In a continuing effort to promote excellence and camaraderie, Jim established the Bio-Medical Electronics Technician’s Association, inviting regional technicians and others with interest to join his new group. When the BAW was formed, he sat on the Board of Directors where he worked extensively to attain the tax-exempt status that the WBA now enjoys.
These are just a few highlights in the career of Jim Kipp. For those of us who knew him, we will have a lasting memory of a man best described as intelligent, enthusiastic and innovative. Jim remained Manager of Marshfield Clinic Bio-Medical Electronics Department until his death in February of 1989. In his honor, the Jim Kipp Memorial Award was established in 1990.
A nominee for this prestigious award shall be an individual from the WBA who exhibits similar qualities as Jim Kipp. An individual who has put forth an effort to further advance the Biomedical field. The individual should exhibit qualities which have promoted the Bio-Medical field, education or camaraderie.