WED AM News: Day on Campus to explore partnerships between businesses and UW-Madison; WisBusiness: The Show with Craig Schedler of Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures

— This year’s Day on Campus event at UW-Madison will bring in companies from around the state to explore partnerships between businesses and the university. 

Amy Achter, managing director for the school’s Office of Business Engagement, says the event has historically been “fairly Madison-centric.” But she notes this year’s event is drawing folks from Outagamie, Sheboygan, Milwaukee, Marathon, Waukesha and Washington counties, as well as other states including Illinois and California. 

“It’s not only for Madison companies; our attendance this year shows that more than ever before,” she told “This is the place to be if you want to learn more about how you can engage with UW-Madison.” 

Day on Campus is being held Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Union on the UW-Madison campus. 

In the early afternoon, a panel of industry representatives will discuss their companies’ links to the university, spanning a wide range of projects and partnerships. Those companies include Foxconn, American Family Insurance, Lands’ End and Morningstar. 

“This is kind of our signature event of the day,” Achter said. “Companies represented are at various points in their journey with the university, in their partnerships with us. And they all came at it in different ways.” 

She says panelists will discuss challenges and roadblocks for these relationships, as well as looking to the future of existing partnerships. According to Achter, the goal of the panel is to show companies they don’t need tens of millions of dollars to work with the university. 

“Some have started in one area, like talent, and then moved on to bigger areas,” she said. “The goal is to get those in the audience to think, ‘I can do that, that’s not so hard.’” 

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— The latest episode of “ The Show” features an interview with Craig Schedler of Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, who talks about the corporate venture capital fund and its major areas of interest.

Also, Liz Schrum presents Tech Metrics, which chart key indicators and events in the Wisconsin economy.

In a separate commentary, Tech Council President Tom Still talks about the U.S. economy and how its ups and down touch Wisconsin. 

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— University of Wisconsin Hospitals has been ranked in the top 20 U.S. hospitals for the first time in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list. 

The designation covers both University Hospital and UW Health, ranking the hospitals 17th out of the more than 4,500 analyzed for the report. At the state level, UW Hospitals again claimed the top spot. 

UW Hospitals was nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties and four children’s specialties. Of all the hospitals examined, only 165 ranked in at least one specialty. 

“This represents a huge leap forward in the rankings for UW Health,” said UW Health CEO Dr. Alan Kaplan. “The goal for us must always be the continual improvement of patient care, but it is very gratifying to be ranked among the nation’s top 20 hospitals. I’m proud of the level of excellence our physicians and staff bring to work every day.”

First founded in 1924, UW Hospitals is affiliated with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. It includes more than 80 specialty clinics, an adult and pediatric trauma center, a burn center, a transplant program, a stroke center and the UW Carbone Cancer Center — the only comprehensive cancer center in the state, as designated by the National Cancer Institute. 

In Wisconsin, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee was ranked second, while Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin was ranked third, and Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire was ranked fourth. Each of these hospitals was “high performing” in at least one adult specialty and for multiple procedures and conditions. 

The best hospital in the country, according to the rankings, is also in the Midwest. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. was ranked first, with national rankings in 15 adult specialties and six children’s specialties. 

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— ThedaCare is now offering a new heart treatment that could offset the use of long-term blood thinners. 

The Watchman device is meant for patients with atrial fibrillation, a condition marked by an irregular, trembling heartbeat that raises the risk for stroke. Many patients with AFib take a blood thinning drug called warfarin, often sold under the brand names Coumadin and Jantoven. 

As an alternative, the Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device closes off part of the heart to keep blood clots that form there from entering the bloodstream and causing a stroke. 

According to a release from the Appleton-based care provider, 90 percent of patients in a clinical trial were able to stop taking warfarin 45 days after getting the Watchman device. 

Abdelkader Almanfi, director of the ThedaCare Structural Heart Program, says up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable, and the Watchman device can reduce the risk for stroke. 

“The recovery time is minimal, generally requiring just an overnight stay in the hospital,” Almanfi said in a release. 

The Watchman device is created by Boston Scientific Corporation, which says the device is the only FDA-approved implant that can reduce stroke in AFib patients not caused by a heart valve issue. The release shows it’s been implanted in more than 50,000 patients in the past 10 years. 

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— A manufacturer in southeastern Wisconsin called Banker Wire is moving to a larger, custom-designed facility with a goal of expanding production. 

The company’s new headquarters is located at the Bear Industrial Park in Mukwonago, at a 182,000-square-foot site. The company’s previous headquarters were slightly smaller, and located about two miles away. 

“As our company has grown and evolved, we reached a point where we had to decide whether we should add on to our previous facility or build a new one,” said Dave Stout, president of Banker Wire. “We decided to push forward into a new facility, which I believe is now the best, most efficient wire mesh manufacturing location in the world.”  

The new facility was designed and built by Briohn, a construction company based in Brookfield. New features include an employee wellness center, gathering spaces for meetings and training programs, a sample room for clients and an upgraded air circulation system.  

Banker Wire makes woven and welded wire mesh products for industrial and architectural applications. According to a release, the company was first founded in 1896 and now employs 150 workers. 

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— A Milwaukee company called ResCare Workforce Services will be laying off 100 workers in September, according to a release from the state Department of Workforce Development. 

In a letter sent to DWD, the company says its Food Share and Employment Training Milwaukee contract has expired, and five sites in Milwaukee will be permanently closed at the end of September. 

DWD and the Milwaukee Workforce Development Board will provide services to affected workers aimed at getting them back into the workforce. Thirty-nine of the workers are case managers, while others work as clerks, operations supervisors, quality assurance coordinators and other positions. 

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