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Aurora to build new clinic in Hartford

Monday, April 05, 2004

Replacement for older building will allow for expanded services

HARTFORD, Wis., The physicians of Aurora Health Care in Hartford announced plans today to replace the existing Aurora Health Center with a new, larger building that will allow for expanded services and greater comfort and convenience for patients and their families.

“This is something that we’ve wanted to do for many years,” said Dr. Scott Kenitz, an Aurora optometrist and longtime resident of Hartford. “This beautiful new building will allow us to enhance the care we provide for our patients in the Hartford area.”

The new Aurora Health Center will be built at the corner of Highway 60 and Hilldale Drive, seven-tenths of a mile east of the existing clinic. It will encompass 72,000 square feet, more than three times the space of the current clinic.

Hartford Mayor Scott M. Henke welcomed the news.

“Construction of the new Aurora Health Center represents a major economic development project and a significant investment in the future of health care services in our community,” Mayor Henke said. “We’ve done a great deal of work behind the scenes to make this happen. I thank the people of Aurora for their continuing commitment to Hartford.”

In addition to offering more space for primary care, the new clinic will allow for new or expanded specialty care including urology, pulmonology, orthopedics, gastrointestinal services and women’s services.

The clinic will offer a range of diagnostic testing and imaging services, a laboratory, rehabilitation and occupational health services, a retail pharmacy, an optical center and walk-in care.

“The expanded space will allow us to recruit several new physicians to the community,” said Steve Holcomb, M.D., a family practitioner and president of the Aurora Medical Group physicians in Washington County. “We will focus first on attracting new primary care doctors.”

Fifteen physicians now practice at the existing Aurora Health Center, supported by a staff of more than 120. All will move to the new building.

“The existing clinic is older and simply will not allow us to meet the growing health care needs of the community,” said Greg Banks, president of Aurora Health Care’s Kettle Moraine Region, which encompasses parts of Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties. “We are pleased to be able to provide a new building to better serve our patients in Hartford.”

Construction will begin this fall, and the new clinic will open in the summer of 2005. The estimated cost of the project is $10 million.

The existing Aurora Health Center is at 1004 E. Sumner Street, adjacent to Aurora Medical Center. “We looked at a number of ways we might build a new clinic on the hospital campus, but there just wasn’t enough room,” Dr. Kenitz said. New uses of the old building will be explored while the new building is under construction.

Aurora also announced several projects that will enhance care at Aurora Medical Center in Hartford. Construction already is under way in the Ambulatory Care Center to provide additional procedure rooms for the Pain Management Center and dedicated space for a gastrointestinal lab. Later this year the Diagnostic Imaging Department will be expanded to accommodate a new nuclear medicine camera, cardiac stress testing, a radiology reading room, a patient waiting area and easier patient access for MRI.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of care. Aurora offers care at sites in more than 80 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

Contact: Jeff Squire (414-647-3408)

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