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Site of new regional medical center provides easy access for patients throughout the area

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Advanced Healthcare and Aurora Health Care today announced the site of their new regional medical center, which will bring new options for high-quality, cost-effective health care to patients in Ozaukee County and neighboring communities.

“Our chief goal in choosing a site was to provide easy access for our patients in Grafton and all of the communities of Ozaukee County,” said Bill Ebinger, MD, an internal medicine physician in Grafton and member of the Advanced Healthcare Board of Directors. “We are confident that our patients will like the location we selected.”

The new medical center will be built on a 105-acre site northwest of the intersection of Highway 60 and Port Washington Rd.

“This site, just off the Interstate 43 interchange, will be convenient for area residents and provide quick access to the hospital for ambulances,” Dr. Ebinger said.

Advanced and Aurora provided other details of the project in a submittal to the Village of Grafton Plan Commission.
The regional medical center will be four stories and incorporate 480,000 square feet of space. Of that, 400,000 square feet will be hospital space, while the medical office building will provide 80,000 square feet.

The medical center will offer multiple entrances, each with adjacent parking and covered patient drop-off areas. “This will be a great benefit for our patients, particularly in winter,” Dr. Ebinger said. In addition to the main entrance, there will be entrances for patients receiving cancer care or rehabilitation services, as well as a separate entrance for those visiting the emergency department.

The hospital will open with 89 beds. “We believe this will allow us to meet the community’s needs for some time to come,” said Eugene Monroe, MD, president of Advanced Healthcare. “If in the future patient demand requires more space, this site will accommodate expansion.”

The medical center campus will feature several ponds, plentiful green space and extensive landscaping, including landscaped islands within the parking areas. The parking lots will be partly screened by landscaped berms.

The medical center will be accessible from both Port Washington Rd. and Highway 60. Regardless of how they enter the campus, patients and visitors will be able to take a roadway that rings the campus to reach a parking lot closest to their destination. There will be parking for 1,100 cars.

The new Aurora Medical Center in Grafton will have a 24-hour emergency department, a Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic and a complete array of other hospital services. It will feature a modern, efficient design that emphasizes comfort and convenience for patients and their families. Included will be all private rooms with home-like décor and private baths, plenty of windows for natural light, kitchenettes for use by patients and family members, family lounges and resource libraries, and nurse stations designed to encourage interaction between patients and caregivers.

The hospital will incorporate the latest generation medical technology for diagnosis and treatment. It also will include Aurora eICU Care, which saves lives and reduces costs by providing an extra level of monitoring for intensive care patients.

Plans for the new regional medical center were disclosed July 31 as Aurora Health Care and Advanced Healthcare announced that they would come together under a broad affiliation agreement.

“We have been so pleased with the response to our Grafton plans,” said Nick Turkal, MD, chief executive officer of Aurora Health Care. “We have heard from many of our patients as well as business and community leaders, and we will continue to welcome their thoughts and ideas as we move forward with the planning process.”

Anyone who has an idea for the new medical center or wishes to ask a question may do so at www.Aurora.org/Ozaukee. The web site has been updated with a color rendering of the medical center and a map of the site.

Anyone interested in employment at the medical center may submit information through the web site. The medical center is expected to employ 600 people when it opens.

Advanced Healthcare consists of 250 primary care physicians and specialists providing care at 14 clinics in Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha and Milwaukee counties.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit 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: Jeff Squire (414-647-3408)

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