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Aurora Health Care honored with state `courage award`

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Aurora Health Care has been honored with Wisconsin Literacy’s “Courage Award for Corporate Leadership,” presented at the Celebration of Adult, Family and Workplace Literacy,” recognition event held at the Wisconsin Governor’s Residence recently.

The Winnebago County Literacy Council in Oshkosh nominated Aurora Health Care in recognition of Aurora’s local employee support of the Council’s activities, and Aurora’s ongoing financial support. The Council is a member of Wisconsin Literacy, Inc., a coalition of adult, family, and workplace literacy providers.

Lisa Ellis, Executive Director of the Winnebago County Literacy Council said, “Aurora employees have been active volunteers and involved with our annual fund raising events, especially our Corporate Spelling Bee. We felt that Aurora would be a worthy recipient because the organization and its employees understand the importance of literacy. Low literacy impacts the ability of some patients to make informed health care decisions. Patients require basic literacy skills to communicate with their caregivers, understand their treatment plans and options, and follow through with prescription drug instructions.”

Lisa Schubert, Executive Director of Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. added, “Adult literacy programs across the state must increasingly rely on the philanthropic support of Wisconsin companies, such as Aurora Health Care. In the past few years Aurora has donated thousands of dollars to support adult literacy efforts in Winnebago County.”

Randy Roeper, Aurora’s Vice President of Business Development, Central Region, said, “We are pleased to accept this award for corporate leadership. Researchers are just beginning to document the relationship between low literacy skills and poor health. Health literacy — that is, the ability to read, understand and act on health information — is an emerging public health issue that affects all ages, races and income levels. Aurora Health Care recognizes that a healthy community is a literate community, and financially supporting literacy efforts in the communities we serve, just makes good sense.”

In addition to Aurora Health Care, a number of adult literacy students and community-based literacy programs that serve them were honored in 12 different categories.

The mission of the Winnebago County Literacy Council is to help adults and their families increase their literacy skills so they can function more effectively in all areas of society. For more information, please contact Lisa Ellis at (920) 236-5185.

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 in 80 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

Contact:   Mark Kantola (920-451-5351)

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