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Aurora Wilkinson Women's Center set to open

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

More than ever before, women are taking an active role in their health care. It is important that they have a convenient, yet comprehensive, place to go to take care of the health care needs.

The new Aurora Wilkinson Women's Center set to open Nov. 6 will be just that. The new center is located at 1284 Summit Ave. in Oconomowoc, in the Summit Center Marketplace.

The physician practices of ob/gyns Julie DeJong, MD; Alan Gustin, MD; Lisa Harshbarger, MD; and Patrick Sims, MD; along with gynecologist JoAnn Dudley, MD will be relocating from the existing Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic in Oconomowoc, to the new Aurora Wilkinson Women's Center. The physicians will continue to see patients at Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic in Hartland.

With 14,000 square feet of space, the new center more than doubles the size of Women's Health Services previously offered at the Aurora Wilkinson Clinic in Oconomowoc. Just as before, women will be able to see their ob/gyn, but now there will be the space to offer so much more.

Stereotactic breast biopsy, breast care coordination and a private sub-waiting room for women once they have changed and are waiting for their mammogram will all be available at the new site. In addition, there will be space on-site to bring in sub-specialists in women's health. The center will truly become the main location women need to come for their health care.

Plus being located in the Summit Center Marketplace with its many unique shops and business, offers women more of a destination. Now, women can combine seeing their doctor with shopping or meeting friends for lunch.

"Women are traditionally the care providers in the family," explains Dr. DeJong. "We felt it was important to reevaluate how we were making health care available to them."

There were several key components that went into the planning the new women's Aurora Wilkinson Women's Center Set to center. The first is that the time women spend on themselves is limited. Between family and work responsibilities, it is hard for today's woman to find the time to address her own health needs.

"By consolidated her resources into one location, we're allowing her to schedule doctor's appointments and receive follow-up testing or routine preventative screening all at one time," adds Dr. Gustin.

The 2nd component is a focus on preventive care. By keeping women healthy, the need for advanced medical care and ultimately health care costs are lowered. At the new location several patient services will be offered to engage the woman in her health care.

"We will be able to proactively watch a woman's risk for osteoporosis and other health problems," says Dr. Sims.

"Our digital mammography services allow for more accurate result and faster access to key information," explains Dr. Harshbarger.

Since it has been determined family history plays a role in risk for breast cancer, genetic counseling becomes important. "The physicians work closely with a genetic counselor who can help women evaluate her predisposition to cancer and explore the resources available," adds Dr. Dudley.

In order to introduce women to Aurora Wilkinson Women's Center and the Summit Center Marketplace a special holiday event is planned for Sat., Nov. 11. The Holiday Stroll from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. offers women a chance to visit many of businesses in the marketplace and take advantage of valuable promotions. A horse-drawn carriage will take visitors around the marketplace and holiday entertainment will be available all afternoon. Aurora physicians and staff will be on hand to answer questions at the new facility. There will also be an offering of refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres.

For more information about the Aurora Wilkinson Women's Center, the Holiday Stroll or to schedule and appointment, please call 262-560-3700.

Aurora Wilkinson Women's Center is part of Aurora Health Care, 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 at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Jennifer Gross (414-385-2363)

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