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Aurora Health Center expansion complete in Wautoma

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

More medical specialists, more services, more tests, more room... those are just a few of the "mores" now at the Aurora Health Center in Wautoma after completion of a large expansion project. The health center is located at 900 E. Division St. in Wautoma.

"Since its opening in 2005, the center has experienced incredible patient growth, so it was only natural for the health center to grow as well," said Thomas Ryan, M.D., a board-certified, internal medicine physician at the center. "More people were using the health center, and we were growing beyond our facility's capabilities and the needs of the community. Aurora's leadership saw the growing need and addressed it before it became an issue."

The project, which began in Sept. 2006, added nearly 5,500 square feet of space to the original 16,000-square-foot clinic. Features of the expansion include:

  • Additional diagnostic tests, including mammography and bone densitometry
  • A new physical therapy department
  • A new peritoneal dialysis facility
  • Expanded space for primary care providers and visiting specialists
  • A drive-through window at the pharmacy
  • A wider entrance drive and additional parking.

"There was a clear need for us to significantly expand our scope of services," said Fozia Alvi, M.D., family practice physician. "Our patients prefer to be treated close to home whenever possible, and this expansion will help us provide that care close to home."

The expansion also provides space for more specialty physicians. Among the specialties now offered at the health center are general surgery, orthopedics and dialysis services. The specialists seeing patients in Wautoma are Joel Cler, M.D., orthopedics, Richard Kiefer, M.D., general and breast surgeon, and Edward Lake, M.D., nephrology. Depending on patient demand, more specialists and primary care providers could be added in the future.

"The physician specialists coming to Wautoma are well-established and highly qualified," Dr. Ryan said. "We are pleased to be able to offer this high level of specialty care right here in the community."

A large component of the expansion is the brand-new, full-service physical therapy department. Patients now have the option of injury rehabilitation at the new health center. A full-time physical therapist will be on hand to guide patients through rehabilitation.

"Our goal is to provide greater access and convenience to our patients," said Sue Schmidt, clinic manager. "When you can see your doctor, receive your tests, see a specialist, do your rehabilitation and have your prescription filled all in one place, it makes the process of receiving health care just a little bit less stressful."

Also on site is the newly enhanced dialysis department. It now has eight stations and one isolation room for hemodialysis. Each station is equipped with an individual television, state-of-the-art dialysis machine with computer chair-side charging. The unit will also offer peritoneal dialysis in the near future. Dialysis hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Aurora Health Center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Hours are expanded on Monday and Wednesday for the convenience of patients needing later appointments. Patients will be seen 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday. For more information on the Aurora Health Center expansion or to schedule an appointment, please call 920-787-6900.

The Aurora Pharmacy offers extended hours for the convenience of patients needing prescriptions filled after hours and on the weekend. The pharmacy hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. A new Aurora Pharmacy program offers free delivery of prescription medication. Call the Aurora Pharmacy at 920-787-6940 for more information.

Other Aurora Health Centers near Wautoma include Omro and Redgranite. Inpatient care is offered through the new Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh, a full-service community hospital. The 84-bed hospital is located along Highway 21, just west of Highway 41.

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Contact: Mark Kantola (920-451-5351)

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