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Aurora hospital in Grafton to open November 1, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Grafton, Wis. - Aurora Health Care today announced that it will be opening the new Aurora Medical Center in Grafton on Monday, November 1, 2010. It will be the first entirely ‘green’ hospital in Wisconsin and will provide integrated care for thousands of residents throughout the greater Ozaukee County region.

“More than half of the residents of Grafton and the many surrounding communities are already choosing Aurora for their health care,” said Len Wilk, chief administrative officer of Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

“Hundreds of Aurora Health Care and Aurora Advanced Healthcare doctors are now caring for the community’s outpatient needs and soon our patients will have the benefit of coordinated inpatient care,” said Bill Ebinger, MD, an internal medicine physician in Grafton and member of the Advanced Healthcare Board of Directors.

The campus will have a comprehensive orthopaedic center with the convenience of a uniquely designed entrance and four dedicated operating rooms. The fellowship-trained and experienced orthopaedic team is just one example of the Aurora Advanced Healthcare partnership and presence in the community.

The hospital is nearly 80 percent complete, including most of the exterior. Towards the end of summer medical devices to support surgeries, diagnostics and rehabilitation will begin to arrive, said Wilk. Equipment installation can take two to three months to complete. After installation, each of the devices will undergo strict and comprehensive testing and certification.

Aurora Medical Center in Grafton is being built to LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification standards; LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that provides third-party verification that a building or community was constructed using strategies aimed at energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

The new hospital, located just west of I-43 and Highway 60 in Grafton, will offer 107 beds. The original bed count of 89 was based on projections from 2007. The 18-bed adjustment accounts for recent affiliations, the number of physicians who have joined Aurora and Aurora Advanced Healthcare and the incremental volumes that coincide with those additional physicians. The adjustment also reflects the projected rise in orthopaedic surgeries based on demographic data.

The new Aurora Medical Center in Grafton is a 520,000 sq. foot, state-of-the-art, sustainable regional medical center that will bring more than 600 jobs to the area. The hospital will also offer a wide array of specialty care services, including cardiac, cancer and neurological care, 24-hour emergency department, an orthopaedic center, NICU, advanced technology for diagnosis and treatment and much more.

The campus will offer plentiful, convenient parking with three separate, canopied entrances (main entrance, orthopedic entrance and emergency department entrance). The official web site is The hospital also has its own social media sites on Facebook (search “Aurora Medical Center in Grafton”), Twitter (@aurora_grafton) and YouTube (search “Aurora Grafton”).

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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Contact: Peter Balistrieri
Phone: 414-389-2317

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