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$140,000 commitment from Aurora Health Care to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin includes leading gift to capital campaign

Friday, January 05, 2007

Aurora Health Care is making a $140,000, multi-year investment in the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) to advance its mission of providing HIV medical, dental and mental health care services and to help assure access to comprehensive health care for all HIV patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Through this contribution, Aurora is committing $90,000 in general operating support for the ARCW Medical Center and has made an additional lead donation of $50,000 to support an ARCW capital campaign to expand and renovate the Medical Center, according to Doug Nelson, ARCW President and CEO.

"We have enjoyed a long and meaningful partnership with Aurora," Nelson said. "They have always been an effective and reliable collaborator with us in the fight against AIDS. Their generous support is very meaningful and comes at a time of rapid patient growth that has made the ARCW Medical Center Wisconsin's largest provider of outpatient HIV health care."

Nelson said that Aurora's financial support for the ARCW Medical Center will increase its capacity to provide care to an increasing patient census, most of whom are either indigent or Medicaid patients. "Nearly 40% of our HIV patients have no health care coverage whatsoever and Aurora's commitment helps us assure that they have access to quality health care."

Nick Turkal, MD, Aurora Health Care CEO, said that the Aurora support of ARCW continues Aurora's commitment to community based primary health care and its historic support for the fight against AIDS.

"Our investment in the ARCW Medical Center continues a strong
commitment to AIDS treatment," said Turkal. "By supporting the largest HIV/AIDS clinic in Wisconsin and helping expand its capacity to serve a growing number of patients, Aurora Health Care is reaffirming a commitment to quality care and treatment for HIV/AIDS patients," he said.

The expansion and renovation of the ARCW Medical Center is scheduled to begin in January, 2007 with a completion date set for September.

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Contact: Mike Brophy (414-647-6429)

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