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La Causa, Inc.

La Causa, Milwaukee, recently received the Wisconsin Cares About Kids Award. The award, sponsored by Governor Jim Doyle and the State Public Defender’s Office, formally recognizes extraordinary efforts in working with children. Founded in 1972, La Causa is one of the largest bilingual, multicultural agencies committed to providing children, youth, and families with quality, comprehensive services to nurture healthy family life and enhance community stability.  Serving nearly 13,000 individuals annually La Causa provides a broad range of family-centered services that include education in a charter school setting, early education and care, from foster care recruitment, mental health treatment services, parenting classes and support groups, and case management to children in protective custody, sheltering and resources for families in crisis.



Sheboygan-based Acuity’s most recent annual report has garnered two Platinum MarCom Awards, one for writing and one for design. The MarCom Awards represent the largest international competition for the concept, writing, and design of marketing and communication programs and materials. The awards are administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, an international organization consisting of thousands of advertising, public relations, and media production professionals. Acuity’s 2007 Annual Report was designed like a children’s book, complete with full-color illustrations, rhyming prose, and a hard-cover binding. Acuity is well-known for creating annual reports that are unconventional and entertaining. One year’s report was designed around cartoons from The New Yorker; another was shaped and themed like an LP record.

Acuity was also named one of the top 20 mid-sized companies when it comes to leadership training by Executive Excellence Publishing Group. Executive Excellence surveyed companies across all industries to select their 2008 Best in Leadership Development list.

Pro Health Care

Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital was recently named a 2008 Summit Award Winner by Press Ganey, for sustaining the top level of patient satisfaction with the care provided in its emergency department. Oconomowoc Memorial is the only hospital in Wisconsin to receive this honor, and the hospital’s emergency department is among only 13 in the nation to achieve this distinction. Hospitals must sustain patient satisfaction scores at the 95th percentile or higher during three consecutive years to qualify for the award. Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital’s emergency department ranked even higher, at the 99th percentile, for six of the 12 quarters. The ranking means Oconomowoc Memorial’s emergency department was rated higher by its patients than 99 percent of the hospitals in the nation, according to patient surveys conducted by Press Ganey.

Aurora Health Care

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee was recently named one of the 100 Top Hospitals for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters. Award winners had higher survival rates, kept more patients complication-free and achieved these results at a lower cost than other hospitals. Thomson Reuters estimates if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those who were treated at the hospitals named to its 100 Top Hospitals list, an additional 120,000 lives would be saved each year. This is the 4th year Aurora St. Luke’s has earned this recognition.

C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions

In recognition of demonstrating excellence in public charter school education, C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions, Milwaukee, recently received a Distinguished Merit Award from the Wisconsin Charter School Association. C2 was the only private company to be nominated and receive an award. Since February 2008, C2 sends five of its instructors to teach 20 to 30 CHS students hands-on training in Dreamweaver, InDesign and other graphic design programs to publish and print the CHS newspaper, develop video and help with the school’s brand. C2 also coordinates weekly guest speakers and professionals from the local advertising and design community to reinforce the importance of software training and shed light on the different careers available in the industry.

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