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566 express interest in employment at proposed Aurora Medical Center

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Hospital would be built along I-94 in the Town of Summit

MILWAUKEE, Wis., A total of 566 people have expressed interest in employment at the new Aurora Medical Center planned for a site in the Town of Summit, Aurora Health Care announced today.

``We are excited that so many people have inquired about jobs at the new medical center so early in the process, and the number is growing each day,`` said Amy Rislov, director of human resources for Aurora's Kettle Moraine Region. ``We will be communicating regularly with these prospective employees as the approval process for the hospital moves forward.``

The next step in the governmental approval process is a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, at Summit Elementary School in Oconomowoc. The hearing is being held by the Town of Summit Plan Commission.

About 400 people will be hired to staff the hospital when it opens. A wide range of clinical and non-clinical positions will be filled. In addition, more than 300 current Wilkinson Medical Clinic employees are expected to move to the new medical center campus.

Among the 566 people who have expressed interest in employment at the new hospital, 13% are current Aurora employees who would like to transfer to a new position at the hospital. ``We have about 3,200 employees who live or work in Waukesha County, and we would expect that many of them will want to explore opportunities at the new medical center,`` Rislov said. ``The chance to participate in opening a brand new medical center is enormously attractive to many people. Also, many would really like to continue their careers with Aurora but closer to home.``

When Aurora opened a new hospital in Oshkosh last fall, fully a third of the new staff consisted of people who had transferred from other positions within the organization.

The new Aurora Medical Center is planned for a site at the southeast corner of Interstate 94 and Highway 67. The 88-bed hospital will be the most technologically advanced community hospital in Wisconsin, incorporating the latest equipment for diagnosis and treatment, all-digital diagnostics, a comprehensive electronic medical record system, and an array of other technology that will enhance care and improve efficiency.

Aurora Medical Center will provide a new option for high-quality care close to home. Today, 57% of the residents of western Waukesha County leave the area when they need inpatient care.

Anyone interested in employment at the new Aurora Medical Center, or at any other Aurora facility, is invited to visit the Aurora web site at www.Aurora.org/Jobs.

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 80 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Jeff Squire (414-647-3408)

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