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Aurora Sinai Sexual Assault Treatment Center Wins Grant for Crisis Intervention

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Milwaukee, WI -- Aurora Sinai Medical Center today announced the receipt of $226,588 in Victims of Crime Act funds for its Sexual Assault Treatment Center. The state grant came through the Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

"This grant will allow the caregivers at the Sexual Assault Treatment Center to continue to give patients top-quality care," said George Hinton, Aurora Sinai's chief administrative officer.

Debra Donovan, supervisor for the Sexual Assault Treatment Center, said the funds will go to services that directly impact patients, such as crisis counseling provided by master's level counselors.

"This money plays a huge part in supporting what we do every day," Donovan said.

The center provides crisis intervention, medical assessment and treatment, forensic exams, follow-up emotional support and other resources for 600 clients annually. It also offers prevention education to public schools, training for police officers in how respond to sexual assault victims, training in forensic nursing, as well as a 24-hour hot line for sexual assault survivors.

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

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Contact: Myrle Croasdale, (414) 649-3917

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