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Len Wilk Len Wilk: Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Len Wilk serves as chief administrative officer for Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

Len begins his management role with a proven track record of working with physician leadership in developing a highly regarded medical staff and comprehensive programs and services to meet the growing health care needs of the community. Len has been an integral part of the Aurora Health Care management team since 1992.

Len served as vice president and chief administrative officer of Aurora Sinai Medical Center from 1997–2008. Len's leadership was instrumental in the transition of Aurora Sinai into a destination for key programs and services in downtown Milwaukee, including Acute Care for the Elderly, the Bariatric surgery program and specialized care for Parkinson Disease.

Most recently, Len has served as vice president and chief administrative officer for Aurora Sheboygan Medical Center, with responsibility for financial accountability and oversight of daily operations.

"I enjoy applying my past experience to operating our new regional medical center in Grafton," said Len. "The hospital provides patients a seamless entry into the Aurora integrated health system and shows that together, Aurora and Aurora Advanced are finding better ways to provide the best health care for our patients."

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Carla Lafever Carla LeFever: Director, Human Resources

Carla LeFever began her new role as director of human resources at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton in May of 2010.

As director of human resources, Carla is responsible for planning, administering and evaluating recruitment and retention strategies, employee relations functions and policy development at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

Carla directs the recruitment and selection of caregivers for the new medical center. Her team is committed to hiring caregivers who are passionate about patient care and who will provide a great patient experience.

Carla brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role. Since 2001, she has served as director of human resources for Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, and promoted to the director of human resources for the entire Sheboygan and Calumet Patient Service Market in 2006. She has also assisted with recruitment for the opening of Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

Carla has demonstrated a record of success in human resource management and has extensive experience in the implementation of Aurora's patient-centered care culture.

"To deliver exceptional care, our caregivers must be passionate about what they do and ready to go the extra mile, meeting the needs of our patients on an individual basis," says Carla.

Sally Pegelow Sally Pegelow: Director, Finance

As Director of Finance for the Greater Milwaukee East patient service market, Sally's role includes financial responsibility for Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. Sally has worked with Aurora for more than 12 years in finance. Sally finds that focusing on patient safety, quality and the overall patient experience almost always has a positive impact on a hospital's finances.

Lisa Schairer Lisa Schairer: Director, Support Services

Lisa comes to Aurora Health Care from a 255-bed community hospital in Elgin, Illinois as the director of the Food and Nutrition Department. Lisa was an integral contributor from the design phase of the new state-of-the-art replacement hospital to the patient move in day on December 15, 2009. Lisa is passionate about the patient experience by maintaining patient loyalty scores in the top quartile year after year and now bring that passion and commitment to Grafton.

Brian Brennan Brian Brennan: Director, Clinical Services

Brian's experience as the manager of imaging services for Aurora Sinai, Aurora St. Luke's South Shore and Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center for the past six years makes him a perfect fit for the Director of Clinical Services at Grafton. Prior to Aurora, Brian was responsible for managing imaging centers and physician offices throughout the Tampa, Florida area and comes to Aurora with 16 years of operational management and clinical experience. Brian has always maintained a positive work environment by focusing on caregiver engagement and working collaboratively to bring teams of caregivers together toward common goals. This dedication to building strong teams along with a passion for patient care serves as a great benefit to the Grafton hospital.

Cheryl Johnson Cheryl Johnson: Director, Growth and Market Development

Cheryl has been with Aurora for nearly 13 years. She has served as an integral member of Aurora Sinai Medical Center's administration team, and has provided over a decade of business development leadership for the north side of Milwaukee County patient service market. Cheryl also develops strategic work plans to support the new Grafton Medical Center, as well as having continued growth and market development accountability for the surrounding Grafton primary and secondary patient service markets. Cheryl is a dedicated, passionate person who enjoys new and exciting opportunities to meet the needs of all the patients and communities she serves, as well as to collaborate successfully with all caregivers to make it happen.

Wendy Peche Wendy Peche: Director, Patient Experience

Wendy began her career in health care 34 years ago at the bedside working with patients as part of the physical medicine and rehabilitation team. Her passion and commitment to patients and their families has been part of every role she has filled. Wendy has been part of the Employee and Organizational Development Department in Aurora for the past 17 years and now is a member of the new Aurora Medical Center in Grafton as the director of the patient experience. Her focus on patient-centered care and the Aurora patient experience at the system level will now be brought close to her home community in Grafton. Wendy is also the author of Legendary Team Leadership and co-author of a chapter in the award-winning book, Putting Patients First.

Terry Kabitzke-Groth Terry Kabitzke-Groth, RN MS: CNE/Director, Nursing Services

Terry has been providing patient-centered care for more than 18 years with Aurora and is very excited to be a part of the leadership team of the new Aurora Medical Center Grafton. Terry's clinical background, her ongoing commitment to high-quality patient care, and previous progressive leadership roles will help her be successful as the new hospital's director of patient care services and chief nurse executive.

Mary Kannenberg Mary Kannenberg: Director, Quality

Mary has been with Aurora Health Care for nearly 17 years mainly in the role of hospital quality director. She also worked in a regional care management and quality role specifically with clinics in Washington and Waukesha counties. Most recently, Mary played a key role in the opening of the Aurora Medical Center in Summit and its successful Joint Commission survey. Mary is passionate about creating partnerships along a patient's continuum of care that leads to the development of best practice care within Aurora. Her leadership style is well suited for ensuring the new Aurora Medical Center in Grafton is positioned to receive top rankings in quality, caregiver engagement and patient loyalty.