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Discovery World and Aurora Health Care Partner to Promote Heart Health Innovations

Monday, September 09, 2013

Discovery World and Aurora Begin Development of Health Satellite Experience and Environment

Milwaukee, WI: A significant community partnership was recently announced at the Discovery World Gala. After more than a year in the making, Aurora Health Care and Discovery World Center for Public Innovation have begun work on development of a “Health Satellite” experience and environment to promote “heart health innovations.” Through six Saturday sessions scheduled to start early next year, top Aurora cardiologists and other medical professionals will educate visitors about the latest developments in cardiovascular research and treatment, restorative/regenerative medicine and cardiovascular aging.

Discovery World annually hosts the Gala fundraiser to showcase Discovery World’s mission and celebrate its accomplishments – while also inspiring the innovators of the future. The announced partnership between Discovery World and Aurora was a memorable moment during last month’s Gala and was made in front of nearly 500 people, many of whom serve as Milwaukee’s community leaders. The Health Satellite partnership aims to significantly contribute to promoting awareness and interest in medical innovation.

The Aurora Health Satellite will provide a unique educational experience that will increase awareness of the innovative cardiovascular research, treatments and services available within our community. It will also inspire young visitors to start thinking about health care careers,” stated Randall Lambrecht, PhD, Senior Vice President of Research and Academic Relations at Aurora Health Care and its recently launched Aurora Research InstituteTM. “The Aurora Research Institute™ in conjunction with Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center offers patients more treatment options with new drugs and leading-edge technologies, as well as growing collaborative work with academic institutions and biomedical industries.

Now in its 31st year, Discovery World has established itself as a leader in the development and delivery of innovative educational experiences for public and K-12 audiences. Serving more than 300,000 annual visitors, the organization provides a unique platform for engaging and educating regional audiences and for promoting community discourse about key issues affecting our region. Discovery World informs its many visitors about innovations in science, technology and engineering and about economic and career opportunities available in the regional marketplace.

Both Aurora Health Care and Discovery World share a commitment to innovation in science and technology. They also share a commitment to enhancing public and K-12 education in Milwaukee, to building community, and to improving the overall quality of life for residents in Milwaukee and throughout our region.

Cardiac disease is the leading cause of death in our country,” stated Arshad Jahangir, MD, co-chair of Aurora’s Cardiovascular Services Research Committee and director of the Center for Integrative Research on Cardiovascular Aging.

"Our primary goal is to engage the community and educate the public about conditions that promote cardiovascular disease and to encourage healthy lifestyle choices promoting wellness and healthy aging.” Dr. Jahangir will be one of the Aurora cardiologists hosting the Heath Satellite sessions in 2014.

Discovery World is the perfect venue to create awareness and make a meaningful and lasting impact on the health of our community,” stated Nina Garlie, PhD, director of the Regenerative Medicine Center located at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. “Aurora is extremely pleased to be part of the exceptional Discovery World organization, which is dedicated to helping people positively impact their communities by developing a better understanding of technology and the environment while fostering both innovation and creativity.

The Discovery World Gala was held at the Discovery World Center for Public Innovation facility at 500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This annual event helps to generate funds to underwrite admissions, memberships and program participation for economically challenged adults, families and kids.

About Aurora: Aurora Health Care is a leading integrated not-for-profit health care provider in the Midwest serving communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois across a network of 15 hospitals and 172 clinics. The Aurora Research InstituteTM centralizes existing research endeavors at Aurora and opens the door for more studies, partnerships and collaborations. The institute houses research that transforms new discoveries into practical ways to improve patient outcomes. Aurora offers 700 clinical research projects, including 400 clinical trials, more than any other organization in Wisconsin. Through this patient-centered research, Aurora gives patients access to more new drugs and devices than any other health care system in the state.

About Discovery World: Discovery World is Milwaukee’s center for public innovation, which connects people with innovation and creativity. Discovery World offers enhanced experiences and customized programs in technology, the environment, design and freshwater. For more information visit www.discoveryworld.org

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If you’d like more information about this topic, please call:

Aurora Health Care: Myrle Croasdale at 414/299-1691 or email Myrle at myrle.croasdale@aurora.org

Discovery World: Paul Fladten at 414/274-4207 or email Paul at pfladten@discoveryworld.org

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