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Aurora Visiting Nurse Association Adds Jeannie Hefty To Board of Directors

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Milwaukee, Wis. -- Jeannie Hefty of East Troy has been appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin.

Hefty has been active in politics and community service for many years. She was elected as the first woman mayor of the City of Burlington in 1992 and before that served on the Common Council.

She was a member of the task force that proposed in 1993 the creation of a wellness center in Burlington, which became the Aurora Wellness Center in Burlington.

Educated as an emergency medical technician after the death of her husband, Hefty became the first female member of the Burlington Rescue squad in 1989.

One of her first goals as mayor was to bring a railroad overpass to the City of Burlington, because when her husband had a heart attack, a passing train stopped and delayed the rescue vehicle. The overpass she succeeded in getting constructed allows all emergency vehicles to easily reach the hospital.

Other civic accomplishments include organizing the reopening in 1992 of the Burlington Teen Center, where she served as coordinator for five years; founding in 1994 the Burlington Senior Citizens Center; and leading a community drive that led to placing defibrillators in police cars in the city and town of Burlington.

"Jeannie's drive and dedication to serving others has led to many accomplishments over the years, and we are very pleased to have her as a board member," said Candace Hennessy, president of the Aurora VNA.

Noting how the VNA's mission meshes with her life's goals, Hefty said she was proud to be on the board.

"The VNA has a longstanding record of service to people, particularly by allowing individuals to remain in their homes while dealing with health concerns," Hefty said. "This kind of community service mirrors my focus over the years to enhance community health and quality of life, and I am honored to serve on their board."

The Aurora VNA is a not-for-profit agency that has been committed to keeping people independent in their homes since 1907 and is the most comprehensive source of home care services in eastern Wisconsin. The Aurora VNA is part of Aurora Health Care, a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Linda Steiner

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