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Milwaukee-based CPA and consulting firm Wipfli LLP was named the 2015 Associate Member of the Year by the Illinois Health Care Association.

Wipfli has a health care focus that is led by a team of industry experts, including more than 100 associates dedicated to serving more than 1,800 clients in 46 states. These clients include long-term care facilities, community hospitals, rural hospitals and physician practices.

Award recipients are nominated by their peers, and winners are chosen by the IHCA Awards Task Force.

St. Francis Children’s Center

St. Francis Children’s Center announced this year’s recipients for its Leading Lights 2015 Awards Banquet, which will take place on Oct. 20.

Vincent Lyles, president and chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, will win the Children’s Service Award; Michael Lovell, Marquette University president, will receive the Community Service Award; and philanthropist and community leader Nanette Gardetto will be honored with the Humanitarian Award.


The Building Owners and Managers Association-Wisconsin, based in Milwaukee, announced its Industry Leadership Awards at a banquet held on Sept. 15.

CBRE won Building Management Company of the Year; Margaret Lang was named Asset Manager of the Year; Susan Johnson and Sherry King tied for RPA of the Year; Maleta Brown was recognized as Property Manager of the Year; Dennis Kelly received the Building Engineer of the Year title; Alix Higelmire was named the Rising Star of the Year; BELFOR Property Restoration was honored as the Professional Service Company of the Year; and Chris Kujawa was recognized as Professional Service Member of the Year.

Froedtert & MCW

Wauwatosa-based Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital has been ranked fifth among U.S. academic medical centers by the University HealthSystem Consortium.

UHC’s annual ranking, called the Quality and Accountability Study, evaluates institutions’ quality and safety in a variety of patient care tasks. Among the factors considered were the national Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care: safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient-centeredness.

The top ranked academic medical center in the study was New York University’s Langone Medical Center; followed by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago; Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minn,. in third; and Emory University Hospital in Atlanta in fourth place, followed by Froedtert.

WOW Workforce Development Board

The Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board recently made several recognitions, including naming Ace Precision Machining Corp. of Menomonee Falls its 2015 Employer of the Year.

The WOW WDB also selected Ramonia Bell as the recipient of a $4,000 tuition scholarship, a newly established scholarship program aimed to help the next generation of leaders effectively compete in today’s labor force.

In addition, the WOW WDB recognized the following members: Merton Lueptow, former owner of Lueptow’s Furniture, Port Washington; Mike Bloedorn, former deputy director of the Washington County Human Services Department; Dale Shaver, director of the Waukesha County Department of Parks & Land Use; Dan Vrakas, former Waukesha County executive; Bill Baumgart, board of education member, School District of Waukesha; and Terri Sutter, former vice president of First Federal Bank of Wisconsin.

Finally, the WOW WDB elected John Heyer, president of Jackson-based Kettle Moraine Coatings, as chair, and Dawn Schicker, human resources director of West Bend-based ContinuumHR, as vice chair.

Roundy’s Inc.

The Good Jobs Inc., a Milwaukee-based employment branding solution, certified Roundy’s Inc. as a Good Jobs Company, awarding its culture badges to Roundy’s corporate, as well as its four grocery brands: Pick ’n Save, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s.

Roundy’s earned all seven culture badges from The Good Jobs: fun, extreme perks, corporate responsibility, flextime, green DNA, inclusion and career development.

“It’s very rewarding to see our efforts to cultivate a great culture at Roundy’s recognized,” said Jess Terry, group vice president and chief human resources officer. “Our culture is the heart and soul of our company and the catalyst to our continued success.”

SC Johnson

Working Mother magazine named Racine-based SC Johnson one of the 2015 Working Mother 100 Best Companies. This marks the 27th time SC Johnson has been recognized for establishing programs that support working parents, including paid family leave, flexibility and advancement of women.

In addition to this latest award, SC Johnson received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index and ranked 12th on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work Institute in 2014.

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