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Fran Finley Chosen to Lead Aurora Medical Center in Town of Summit

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fran FinleyWaukesha, Wis. -- Frances Finley, an accomplished hospital administrator with a passion for patient-centered care and community service, has been chosen to lead the new Aurora Medical Center in the Town of Summit.

"Fran Finley will be an outstanding leader for Waukesha County's new hospital," said Greg Banaszynski, executive vice president of Aurora Health Care's Kettle Moraine Region. "As a not-for-profit organization, Aurora exists solely to serve patients and the community. Fran embodies this mission. She is a tireless champion for patients."

Finley said she looked forward to the new challenge.

"This hospital will be a marvelous community asset for decades to come, and I am honored to be chosen as its first leader," she said. "I can't wait to get started with the work of opening this hospital and delivering the level of care patients deserve."

Finley joined Aurora Health Care in February 2003 as the first leader of Aurora's new hospital in Oshkosh. She was instrumental in opening Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh in October 2003, and since then has led it to attain many awards and honors, including:

  • 2007 Premier Award for Quality
  • People's Choice Award for Best Hospital (2007)
  • Premier/CareScience Select Practice National Quality Award (2007)
  • CMS/Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration Top Performer Status (2008)
  • Thompson Top 100 Hospital (2008)

Finley is also deeply involved in the Oshkosh community, currently serving as a board member for the United Way of Fox Valley, as well as the Oshkosh Rotary.

"Along with her experience in successfully opening a new medical center, Fran brings a track record of developing comprehensive programs and services that meet the health care needs of growing communities," Banaszynski said.

As chief administrative officer of Aurora Medical Center in the Town of Summit, Finley will play a central role in the wide array of activities required to prepare for the opening of the new medical center. Finley said another priority would be meeting with area government and community leaders.

Finley started her new position on Monday, Jan. 26. Finley and her husband and two children will be moving to the area.

Prior to joining Aurora, Finley held a number of leadership positions in the Charleston Area Medical Center Health System in West Virginia. Her last position there was administrator of Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital.

Finley earned a doctor of health administration degree from Central Michigan University in 2005. She also holds a master's degree in health care administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and a bachelor's degree in administrative management from Southwest Missouri State University.

Construction of the new Aurora Medical Center in the Town of Summit is nearly 70% complete, with opening scheduled for early in 2010. The hospital is being built at the southeast corner of Interstate 94 and Highway 67. The state-of-the-art, 110-bed medical center will offer a full range of hospital services, including advanced treatment options.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit 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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Peter Balistrieri

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