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Aurora breaks ground on health center

Monday, June 26, 2006

Construction begins along Highway 23

SHEBOYGAN, Aurora Health Care physicians along with state and local government officials and about 200 onlookers were on hand Thursday, June 22 to officially break ground on the new Aurora Health Center in Plymouth.

The new Aurora Health Center will be built on a 33-acre site on the southeastern corner of the intersection of Highway 23 and Pleasant View Road. The building will encompass 80,000 square feet over two floors and include parking for up to 400 vehicles.

The new clinic will be nearly five times the size of the existing clinic, a short distance to the south at 2636 Eastern Avenue.

“This new health center speaks volumes about Aurora’s commitment to the long-term health of the Plymouth area,” said David Smith, MD, MPH, a family practitioner in Plymouth. “Patients will be excited about the wide array of services to be available right here in our community.”

Plymouth Mayor Don Pohlman was on hand to help turn the first shovel full of dirt and address the crowd that gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony.

“I welcome Aurora Health Care’s commitment to such an excellent new health center to the residents of Plymouth and the surrounding communities,” said Pohlman. “I would like to thank former Mayor Kiley and all the common council alderman and civic leaders whose many, many months of negotiations resulted in the building of this grand new facility.”

As part of the plan, Aurora will:

  • Move all existing physicians and services from the existing clinic to the new building
  • Expand the hours and availability of physician specialists at the new Plymouth site
  • Move most of the services currently offered at the Valley View Campus of the Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center to the new building, including urgent care
  • Continue to operate the surgery center at the Valley View Campus
  • Move the Aurora Rehabilitation Center from its current free-standing facility on the Valley View Campus to the new building
  • Operate a retail pharmacy in the new building

Among the services available in the new facility will be bone densitometry, CT scans, laboratory services, mammography, nuclear medicine, behavioral health care, occupational health services, pain management, rehabilitation services, stress testing and ultrasound.

The specialty care available at the new clinic will include audiology, cardiology, mental health, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, optometry, oral surgery, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat. Acupuncture services also are planned.

The new, larger health center will allow additional physicians to come to the community over the next several years.

Construction is expected to take about a year to complete. The project is estimated to cost $12 million.

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 care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Mark Kantola
920-451-5351 or 920-704-3682 (pager)

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