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Aurora Lakeland Medical Center's Benefit Ball Raises Nearly $90,000 For Women's Health Services

Monday, June 08, 2009

The SelderasElkhorn, Wis. -- Plans to further enhance women's health services at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center took a large step forward with community support from the hospital's recent Benefit Ball.

The 24th annual event, held at Geneva National, attracted 285 participants and raised almost $90,000. The event was sold out, a considerable achievement given the current economy and a testament to the community's commitment to furthering women's health services in Walworth County.

Proceeds will go toward the hospital's Building Healthier Communities Campaign, with this year's focus on updating the obstetrics unit at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center. The unit records over 800 births annually. The last upgrade was completed 17 years ago.

Greg Banaszynski, executive vice president, Aurora Health Care, said the show of support from donors and community members was outstanding.

"This was tremendous, especially given all that is going on in our economy right now,'' he said. "We would like to thank the Benefit Ball committee members who put considerable time and energy into this event year after year. Your efforts continue to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people.''

Over the years, the Benefit Ball has played a significant role in a number of projects at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, including the remodeling of the emergency department and the acquiring of valuable clinical equipment.

The focus of this year's event is based on patient feedback, according to Kathy Skowlund, vice president and chief administrative officer, Aurora Lakeland Medical Center.

She said a number of upgrades within the obstetric unit have been identified including the addition of a fourth operating room for emergency surgeries, screening equipment to test the hearing of newborns, state-of-the-art infant security system, and other aesthetic improvements to enhance the comfort of patients and families.

The honorary chairs for this year's Benefit Ball were Jay Seldera, M.D., general surgeon, and Joy Seldera, M.D., OB-GYN, Aurora Health Care. Born and raised in the Philippines, the Selderas came to the Lake Geneva area in the early 1980's, after finishing their residency in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Margaret Schloemer Humanitarian Award was presented to Cindy and Tom Stuhley, committed and active volunteers, who have played vital roles in the hospital's philanthropic mission.

The 2008-09 Aurora Lakeland Medical Center Benefit Ball Committee includes Dee Dee Allen, Maureen Berkowitz, Marianne Bonifacic, Ashley Hatley Caruso, Linda Choyce, Joey Coleson, Lin Crook, Diane Deutsch, Sherry English, Lori Grover, Kathy Hartman, Irene Humphrey, Helen Meier, Alice Morava, Laverne Schmidt, Kathy Skowlund, Cathy Slovick, Donna Surinak, and Michelle Weber.

To learn more about the Building Healthier Communities Campaign or to learn more about this project, please contact Michelle Weber, philanthropy officer, Aurora Lakeland Medical Center at 262-741-2382 or log onto

Aurora Health Care is 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 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Andy Johnson

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