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Aurora Lakeland Medical Center ball raises $94,000 for Womens Health Services

Monday, May 24, 2010

Elkhorn, Wis.—Plans to 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 25th annual event, held at Geneva National, attracted 295 participants and raised $94,000. The event was sold out, a testament to the community’s commitment to 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.

Dan Bonk, 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,’’ he says. “We would like to thank our volunteers who put considerable time and energy into this event. 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.

Patient feedback dictated the focus of this year’s event, according to Kathy Skowlund, vice president and chief administrative officer, Aurora Lakeland Medical Center.

The money will go toward the obstetric unit including the addition of a fourth operating room for emergency surgeries, screening equipment to test newborns’ hearing, a state-of-the-art infant security system, and aesthetic improvements in patient and family areas.

The honorary chair for this year’s Benefit Ball was Greg Gerber, MD, family physician at Aurora Health Care, who also happens to have been born at Lakeland Medical Center.

The Margaret Schloemer Humanitarian Award was presented to LaVerne and William Duncan, committed and active volunteers, who have played vital roles in the hospital’s philanthropic mission.

The 2010 Aurora Lakeland Medical Center Benefit Ball Committee includes: Maureen Berkowitz, Marianne Bonifacic, Linda Choyce, Diane Deutsch, Sherry English, Janet Giovannetti, Lori Grover, Kathy Hartman, Irene Humphrey, Sue Jacobs, Jennifer Jones, Cindy Maher, Helen Meier, Alice Morava, Rachelle Poteracki, Kathy Skowlund, Cathy Slovick, Rita Stensland, Donna Surinak, and Michelle Weber.

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: Myrle Croasdale
Phone: 414-389-2210

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