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Aurora Health Care Names Randall Lambrecht Vice President For Research And Academic Relations

Thursday, September 11, 2008

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Aurora Health Care has announced the appointment of Randall Lambrecht, Ph.D. to vice president for research and academic relations.

Randall LambrechtLambrecht will lead Aurora’s research team, working closely with the integrated health system’s care management team to help ensure research and care management are aligned. Additionally, he will be responsible for strengthening Aurora’s partnership with Milwaukee area colleges and universities to ensure effective communication and collaborative program development.

Lambrecht most recently has been serving as dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a professor in the Department of Health Sciences. The College of Health Sciences has 20 academic programs, all of which have received the highest accreditation/review awards possible, with several programs nationally recognized.

“Aurora is recognized nationally for its leadership in efforts to improve health care and their research and academic programs are important aspects of finding new approaches to meeting the health needs of people and communities,” Lambrecht said.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to build on that reputation and leveraging educational research and patient care research to benefit the communities that Aurora serves,” said Lambrecht.

Lambrecht will start his new role at Aurora on November 3, 2008.

“We’ve had a longstanding commitment to medical research at Aurora and Dr. Lambrecht’s deep background in research and medical education will help us to continue to be at the forefront of changing the way we care for people,” said Bruce Van Cleave, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Management at Aurora. “He has a wealth of experience that will strengthen the link between research, academics and applying that knowledge to benefit patients.”

Dr. Lambrecht's expertise and research interests in bacteriology and infectious disease are nationally and internationally recognized. He has more than 20 years of research experience, including the publication of numerous books and research papers and the recipient of grants and awards from the National Institutes of Health, USDA, HRSA, and other federal, state, and private sources. He holds two patents for molecular-based diagnostic tests and was instrumental in securing a $1million congressional appropriation for research leading towards advanced technologies for returning amputee military service personnel. Dr. Lambrecht is certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and has served on various scientific journal editorial review boards, and professional boards. He was recently awarded the title of Fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. (FASAHP)

Lambrecht’s community involvement includes serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Urban Population Health and the Center for International Health. He’s also a member of the Public and Community Health Oversight and Advisory Committee for the Blue Cross/Shield Public Healthy Wisconsin Partnership Program, previously serving as chair of the committee.

Lambrecht was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology in 1988. He received his M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in 1982 and his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1976.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Ron Irwin (414-647-3405)

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