Nick Turkal Welcome
2010 was an active year for health care providers. The vast changes enacted through the health care reform act left providers and patients wondering what the future of health care would look like. At Aurora Health Care, we've monitored the debate and changes with cautious optimism and confidence.
Our purpose is to help people live well. It's what we do every day and impacts our work across the entire spectrum of care: from treatment or cure, to prevention and even end-of-life care.
Our integrated delivery model helps us to coordinate and simplify care, improve quality, keep costs down and improve our patients' overall health care experience. We've been working on this at Aurora; reforming care from the inside out, for years. We understand the concepts proposed for Accountable Care Organizations, because we've already created the structure and key resources to effectively implement an integrated delivery model.
In this year's annual report, you'll read about the many ways we continued to reform health care in 2010 and how our purpose comes to life to benefit our patients. The opening of two new medical centers improved access and provided more options. Advancements in electronic health records improved integration, efficiency and safety. New strategic partnerships are advancing our research capabilities, accelerating the clinical trials process and improving health care now and in the future.
Results this year were excellent. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration Project has again named us among the best performing health care systems in the United States - for four straight years. Studies show that we're the most cost-efficient health care system in the Milwaukee and Green Bay areas. And our efforts to lower costs have helped bring Milwaukee's overall health care costs down five percent since 2009 - closer to the Midwest average than ever before.
In a constantly changing health care landscape, we remain committed to our purpose and to the future of health care in Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
Nick Turkal, MD
President and CEO