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Nor-Door clinic to join Aurora Health Care

Friday, December 10, 2004

The Nor-Door Clinic in Sister Bay will join Aurora Health Care effective January 1, allowing it to enhance its 28-year tradition of local health care.

The Aurora Nor-Door Clinic at 803 South Bay Shore Drive (Highway 42) in Sister Bay, will continue to be staffed by Mike Flood, FNP, PA-C, a nationally certified family nurse practitioner and physician’s assistant, who has provided care to northern Door County residents since 1976. He has been at the current site since 1988.

“This partnership provides us with better access to services and specialists than what is currently available,” Flood said. “We will continue to work with local physicians, hospitals and referral services as we always have.”

Linda Smith, executive vice president of Aurora Health Care’s North Region, said residents of northern Door County will now have greater access to Aurora’s services throughout the system, including Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, a tertiary-care hospital that offers specialized treatments including neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, cancer care and northeastern Wisconsin’s only full-service fertility clinic.

“We are pleased to have Mike Flood and the Nor-Door Clinic as part of the Aurora family,” Smith said. “The Nor-Door Clinic has been a part of the community for many years and we will continue its tradition of providing great family health care.”

The opportunity to join the Aurora system, which includes 14 hospitals and clinic sites in more than 80 communities throughout Eastern Wisconsin, will allow the Nor-Door Clinic’s service and purchasing to be more efficient, Flood said. But patients will notice little difference in how the clinic operates. David Conger, M.D., an internal medicine physician based at the Aurora Health Center in Sturgeon Bay, will continue to provide physician oversight at the clinic and to see patients there on Thursdays.

“This is a great opportunity to bring Aurora’s services to the residents of northern Door County,” said Tom Koehler, M.D., a Green Bay internal medicine physician and president of Aurora’s North Region. “Our commitment to improving the quality of health care and health outcomes will certainly be a great addition to the community.”

The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, accepting appointments and urgent care patients during those hours. Expanded Saturday morning hours are available during the summer months.

Flood graduated from the first family nurse practitioner class at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 1976. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced academic and clinical experience, which enables them to diagnose and manage common and chronic illnesses. Flood is also an advance practice nurse prescriber (APNP), which allows him to prescribe medications. He plans to continue to focus on providing family health care services along with health maintenance, disease prevention, counseling and patient education.

The nurse practitioner role has evolved and expanded over the past three decades in direct response to the increased need for primary health care, especially in rural areas.

Flood has additional training as a physician’s assistant and a surgical physician’s assistant. Although the role is similar to that of a nurse practitioner, the combined training also allows him to suture wounds, remove lesions and provide castings.

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 has care sites in more than 80 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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