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Aurora Health Care Breaks Ground for Grafton Medical CenterTuesday, September 23, 2008
Village officials join physicians and other caregivers to celebrate start of construction
GRAFTON, Wis. -- Aurora Health Care broke ground today for Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, a state-of-the-art hospital that will serve patients from throughout Ozaukee County and beyond for generations to come.
“This is a wonderful day for the Village of Grafton,” said Jim Brunnquell, village president. “Recent years have brought significant progress toward our goal of providing enhanced services for our residents. A 21st century medical center will be a tremendous asset in our community.”
Nick Turkal, M.D., chief executive officer of Aurora Health Care, thanked village officials and residents for the way they have welcomed this project.
“We came to the Village of Grafton last year with a bold idea for improving health care services in this area, and village leaders were quick to share our excitement,” Dr. Turkal said. “Today we break ground on a project that will contribute to a strong, vibrant, healthy community.”
The new Aurora Medical Center in Grafton will have a 24-hour emergency department, a Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic and a complete array of other hospital services. The design emphasizes the comfort and convenience of patients and their families. Features include all private rooms with home-like décor and private baths, plenty of windows for natural light, kitchenettes for use by patients and family members, family lounges and resource libraries, and nurse stations designed to encourage interaction between patients and caregivers.
The hospital will incorporate the latest generation medical technology for diagnosis and treatment. It also will include Aurora eICU Care, which saves lives and reduces costs by providing an extra level of monitoring for intensive care patients.
“This medical center will allow us to do much more for our patients. That’s what this is all about,” said Eugene Monroe, M.D., president of Aurora Advanced Healthcare. “We will be able to coordinate our patients’ care across an entire continuum of services, and that will mean a better care experience, better outcomes and lower costs.”
Aurora Advanced Healthcare, which joined Aurora at the beginning of 2008, has been serving Grafton for 25 years through the Cedar Creek Clinic, 215 W. Washington St. in Grafton. That clinic is being replaced with a new building under construction on the same site. It will open next year.
The design and construction of the new Aurora Medical Center will incorporate many environmentally friendly elements, from conserving energy and water to reducing and recycling waste.
“A critical aspect of building a strong, healthy community is ensuring a healthy environment,” Dr. Turkal said. “Aurora intends to be a leader in environmental stewardship in health care.”
More than 600 people were expected to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site near the northwest corner of Highway 60 and N. Port Washington Rd. in Grafton.
Construction of the new Aurora Medical Center is expected to take two years. More information about the project is available at www.Aurora.org/Ozaukee.
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of care. Aurora provides care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.
Contact: Peter Balistrieri (262-896-6449)