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Aurora BayCare, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Bring Integrated Care to Local MS Patients

Monday, September 22, 2008

Green Bay, Wis. - The Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at Aurora BayCare Medical Center has partnered with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in a three-year agreement to form Northeast Wisconsin's first integrated care program for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at Aurora BayCare launched in 2006.

"For MS patients in Northeast Wisconsin, this means having a local, credible and comprehensive resource for specialized multiple sclerosis care," says Merle Teetzen, M.D., neurologist and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at Aurora BayCare. "It gives patients peace of mind knowing that Aurora BayCare is tapped into the knowledge and resources of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society."

To be considered for a partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Aurora BayCare's Multiple Sclerosis Clinic needed to meet the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's criteria, which includes:

·Having at least one provider who successfully completed a certification examination for MS care;
·Facilitating a connection between consultants with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and patients at Aurora BayCare; and
·Demonstrating a commitment to the care of MS patients for a minimum of one year.

Aurora BayCare met the criteria and has entered a three-year agreement that enhances health care and services available for patients and families living with multiple sclerosis.

A major benefit from the affiliation is increased access to education about MS and support programs. People with MS will benefit from having direct access to representatives of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and can utilize educational materials, programs for newly diagnosed patients, peer counselors and referral resources.

Providers at Aurora BayCare will benefit by receiving regular research and clinical updates from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

More than 10,000 MS patients are diagnosed and registered with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Aurora BayCare is the only hospital in Northeast Wisconsin to enter into an agreement of this kind with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center opened the first integrated Multiple Sclerosis Clinic in northeastern Wisconsin in Oct. 2006. It is directed by Aurora BayCare Neurologist Merle Teetzen, M.D. For more information about the Aurora BayCare Medical Center MS Clinic, call (920) 288-8020.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay's east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint effort of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic.

Aurora Health Care is 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. To learn more, visit www.aurora.org.

BayCare Clinic is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is comprised of over 100 specialty physicians with expertise in more than 20 specialties. BayCare Clinic physicians have served patients in Green Bay and the surrounding region for over 25 years.

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Contact: Jen Strebel (920-496-6369)

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