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Centare Group

Brookfield-based Centare Group, recently attained the Microsoft Partner Gold Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) competency. Centare Group is currently one of only a few select companies worldwide, one of only five companies in the United States and Wisconsin’s only company, to achieve Gold ALM competency. Centare provides Agile/ALM, Mobile and Cloud technology solutions. Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is the coordination of all aspects of software engineering by using tools that facilitate and track collaboration among and within work teams. ALM practices incorporate the formulation and communication of business and technical requirements, code design and architecture, project tracking, change management, coding, testing, debugging and release management. Achieving a Microsoft Partner Gold competency is done through a seven-step process requiring examination and assessment of knowledge, skills and successful business development within the defined area. Only companies demonstrating the highest, most consistent capability and commitment within a specific business solution area are awarded the designation.

By attaining a Gold ALM competency, Centare Group is entitled to additional benefits that further strengthen its relationship with Microsoft and allow for greater service to Centare Group’s clients. This includes access to multiple community engagements designed to refine solution strategies and provide information on developing technologies, as well as access to additional key resources housed within the Microsoft Partner Network.


Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital

The Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital recently received full accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protections Programs (AAHRPP).

AAHRPP is a non-profit organization that works with institutions that conduct human research to raise the level of protection for research participants. It accredits institutions that demonstrate patient participant safeguards that surpass federal government requirements. 

This was the first time the Medical College and Froedtert applied to AAHRPP. The process involved an intensive self-evaluation, a thorough review of institutional policies and procedures, culminating with a site visit by an accreditation team who interviewed about 80 individuals including investigators and research staff, IRB members, research administration staff. As a result, the institutions received the highest level of accreditation. Only four other organizations were accredited this year. 

The accreditation stands for three years, and after a successful re-accreditation review in 2014, subsequent accreditations will stand for five year intervals.


Aurora Health Care

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center recently received the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award. It is the only hospital in Wisconsin with this recognition. The award recognizes Aurora St. Luke’s care for stroke patients and implementation of evidence-based guidelines. To receive the award, Aurora St. Luke’s achieved 85 percent or higher on all guidelines for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals, as well as a compliance of 75 percent or higher with six out of 10 Get With The Guidelines Stroke quality measures. In addition to the Get With The Guideline Stroke award, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center also has been recognized for improving stroke care and put on the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll. During the past quarter at least 50 percent of eligible ischemic stroke patients have received critical clot busting medication within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital.

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