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Quarles & Brady

Milwaukee-based Quarles & Brady LLP has received a perfect 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index and was named a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

The CEI is a benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies related to LGBT workplace equality. Quarles, which also received a 100 percent in 2015, was one of 408 major American companies that received perfect scores for 2016.

The most recent survey included 1,027 businesses nationwide, and took into consideration policies and practices surrounding non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community.

Aurora Health Care

Eight of Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care’s hospitals have been named 2014 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission is the leading health care organization accreditor in the U.S. The Aurora hospitals were among just 1,043 hospitals nationwide to earn the distinction for 2014.

Those recognized were: Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center; Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington; Aurora Medical Center in Washington County in Hartford; Aurora West Allis Medical Center; Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn; Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay; Aurora Medical Center in Summit; and Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County in Two Rivers.

The hospitals demonstrated improved performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes in patients with conditions such as heart attack, pneumonia, stroke and tobacco treatment.

PyraMax Bank

Greenfield-based PyraMax Bank has received a Preferred Lender Designation from the U.S. Small Business Administration and a preferred lender designation for the SBA Export Express Program.

The designations are awarded to lenders that demonstrate a strong knowledge of small business practices and a commitment to helping small businesses.

PyraMax will now have greater access to SBA programs, including Export Express, which provides a simplified process for exporters and lenders to get SBA-backed financing for loans and lines of credit of up to $500,000.

Walworth County Jail Literacy Program

The Walworth County Jail Literacy Program has received the 2015 Eisenberg Award from the State Public Defender Board.

The program, a collaboration between the Walworth County Literacy Council and the Walworth County Jail, was founded in 2008 to help inmates improve their English and math skills while preparing them for GED and HSED exams, to improve their future employment prospects. Literacy Council volunteers teach in a jail classroom on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule.

The Eisenberg award is named for the late Howard Eisenberg, who championed the disenfranchised during his career and as dean of Marquette University Law School. Walworth County Sheriff Kurt Picknell and Walworth County Literacy Council board member Brigette Kutschma accepted the award.

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