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Affinity Medical Group, Aurora Health Care partner to provide cardiology services in Oshkosh

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

OSHKOSH, Wis. - Affinity Medical Group and Aurora Health Care have formed a partnership to provide cardiology services in the Oshkosh area. Beginning February 1, 2010, Affinity Medical Group cardiologists Issam Al-Bitar, MD, Mamoun Al-Nouri, MD, and Donald Brescia, MD, will also see patients at Aurora Health Center and Aurora Medical Center, both in Oshkosh.

"This is a really exciting collaboration for us," said Tim Loch, chief operating officer, Affinity Medical Group. "Both health systems have focused on providing the right coverage level for the Oshkosh community. We have built a partnership to ensure that patients in Oshkosh will be provided with the highest quality of cardiac care at Mercy Medical Center and Aurora Heath Care. Our providers have been seeing patients at Mercy Medical Center for many years and are eager to provide care to Aurora's patients as well."

"These physicians have an excellent reputation in the Oshkosh community," said Robert Devermann, MD, vice president of medical operations for Aurora Health Care. "We're pleased to be able to partner together to ensure the right amount of cardiac services to the community of this size."

The Affinity Cardiologists will work with Aurora's current cardiac team. Drs. Al-Bitar, Al-Nouri and Brescia join Aurora Health Care current electrophysiologists. This will ensure inpatient coverage around the clock at both hospitals.

The Affinity Medical Group cardiologists will continue to see patients at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh.

Affinity Health System, a Catholic mission-oriented regional health care network, is a partnership of Ministry Health Care and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. Affinity Health System is the Fox Valley's third largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and is nationally listed among the top 50 hospitals for quality and efficiency (Thomson Reuters, Modern Healthcare). For eight consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI Health (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation - Affinity ranks no. 29 in the 2009 report. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent among hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Network Health Plan has achieved Excellent accreditation status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the highest possible level. It is ranked 31st in the nation, according to the U.S. News and World Report/NCQA Best Health Plans in America listing. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Community Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 22 family practice and specialty clinics - including two fully operational Medical Home models - in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; Network Health Plan, Menasha; and Affinity Occupational Health.

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.

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Contact: Krissy Lillie
Phone: 920-288-3629

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