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Aurora Health care unveils plans for medical center in the Town of Summit

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New hospital and clinic will serve western Waukesha County ‘for decades to come’

Aurora Health Care today unveiled plans for Aurora Medical Center in the Town of Summit, a 21st century hospital and clinic that will usher in a new era of health care excellence in Waukesha County.

“We have designed an outstanding medical center that will serve the people of western Waukesha County for decades to come,” said David Ulery, M.D., an Oconomowoc pediatrician and president of Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic. “The Wilkinson physicians and staff look forward to building on their tradition of more than a century of caring for the people in this area.”

Plans for the new medical center have been submitted to the Town of Summit. The town’s Plan Commission and Town Board are scheduled to review the plans in the weeks ahead.

Aurora hopes to begin construction in the spring. The new medical center is expected to open in the summer of 2009.

Patients at the new Aurora Medical Center will benefit from the many high-tech advancements in medicine in recent years. The hospital will offer the latest equipment for diagnosis and treatment, all-digital diagnostics, a comprehensive system for electronic health records, and an array of other technology that will enhance care and improve efficiency.

Aurora Medical Center also will feature a new model of patient-centered care.

“We are working throughout our organization to make sure that we design care around the needs of our patients,” said Donald J. Nestor, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Aurora Health Care. “You will see this emphasis reflected in every aspect of this new hospital.”

The hospital will have 110 patient rooms, all of them private and each with a full bathroom. The patient rooms will feature home-like furnishings, individual temperature controls, warm colors, natural wood trim and other amenities to ensure that a hospital stay will be as comfortable as possible.

Aurora Medical Center also will feature soft, indirect lighting, plenty of windows for natural light, family lounges, resource libraries, nurse stations designed to encourage interaction between patients and caregivers, and an easy-to-navigate floor plan that promotes privacy by separating patient hallways from those used by the public.

The medical center will be built at the southeast corner of Interstate 94 and Highway 67. It will occupy part of a 156-acre triangle of land in the Town of Summit that the Pabst Farms developers have designated for health-care related development.

The 53-acre hospital campus will feature extensive landscaping and include a “healing garden,” providing a tranquil retreat for patients, family members and staff. A paved walking path will ring the campus.

Access to the campus will be from Highway 67 and from Delafield Road. Visitors arriving at the medical center will be able to choose among five separate building entrances, each with adjacent parking. There will be entrances for the medical office building, inpatient care, emergency care, the cancer center and ambulatory surgery.

The medical center will incorporate a 593,000-square-foot hospital and a 180,000-square-foot medical office building. The office building will be the new home for the physicians and staff of Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic, which has outgrown its space in Oconomowoc. Aurora will explore new uses for the clinic building at 915 Summit Ave. in Oconomowoc.

The services now available at the new Aurora Wilkinson Women’s Center at 1284 Summit Ave. in Oconomowoc also will move to the new medical center when it opens, along with the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic that will open soon next door to the women’s center. The Wilkinson Clinic locations in other communities will continue to operate.

Total initial employment at the medical center is estimated at 950 full- and part-time employees, including the Wilkinson Clinic employees who will move from the Oconomowoc locations. Anyone interested in exploring employment opportunities will find information at www.Aurora.org/WesternWaukesha.

“Our Wilkinson physicians provide care for more than 40,000 patients,” Dr. Ulery said. “With this beautiful new medical center, we will be able to do so much more for our patients, coordinating their care across a broad spectrum of services.”

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of care. Aurora provides care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Jeff Squire (414-647-3408)

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