Aurora Health Care to Donate $10 Million to Expand Community Health Initiatives

December 09, 2014

Community organizations invited to apply for funding assistance

MilwaukeeAurora Health Care today announced a supplemental, one-time contribution of $10 million to expand and enhance a number of community health and wellness programs in eastern Wisconsin. The initiative, named the ‘Better Together Fund,’ will support the expansion of primary care and behavioral health services, as well as sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and treatment programs.

“Aurora is proud to be able to make this $10 million investment in the health and wellness of the people and communities we have the privilege of serving,” said Nick Turkal, MD, CEO of Aurora Health Care. “As a nonprofit organization and a leader in health care in our state, we believe in reinvesting to create better access points to health care for all and addressing these issues of greatest need.”

As part of this effort, Aurora is establishing a charitable fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and, in partnership with the Foundation, will facilitate grant-making over time using those funds. Beginning today, Aurora is inviting eastern Wisconsin federally qualified community health centers, free clinics and sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and treatment programs to submit a proposal for funding consideration.

“Aurora’s never shied away from difficult conversations and community concerns; we take on tough issues and work to find solutions to problems, as we’re doing here with the creation of the Better Together initiative,” said Turkal. “It is vital for folks in our community – regardless of income – to have access to the care they need, when they need it. This $10 million gift to the community will create additional access points to help address these key, critical needs.”

“Aurora Heath Care is a leader in this state, and we’re very pleased that they’ve chosen the Greater Milwaukee Foundation as their partner in philanthropy,” said Ellen M. Gilligan, president and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. “For nearly 100 years, we have helped our donors fulfill their charitable wishes for a stronger community, and we are committed to supporting Aurora’s effort to have the greatest impact on the health of our region.”

Qualified community organizations are invited to learn more about the Better Together initiative and to apply for funding consideration at http://www.Aurora.org/BetterTogether.

About Aurora Health Care
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin’s most comprehensive health care provider and the state’s largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, 159 clinics, 70 pharmacies and 30,000 amazing Caregivers. As evidenced by more than 400 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.

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