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Aurora Medical Center in Grafton to add 16 new patient rooms

Expansion will increase community’s access to quality care

March 02, 2021

Grafton, Wis. – Aurora Medical Center in Grafton is expanding to add a new 16-bed, 8,000 square-foot modular medical observation unit. This addition will seamlessly integrate with the existing building and will fulfill a vital need to enhance the community’s access to comprehensive medical care.

The prefabricated modular unit will be located at the western end of the medical center campus between the existing patient tower and diagnostic and treatment areas of the hospital. A modular build was selected as part of Advocate Aurora’s dedication to sustainability as there is less waste since the unit is produced in a controlled factory setting and shorter construction time, which requires less energy and onsite pollution. The new unit was designed with patient experience and safety in mind.

"This expansion will allow us to increase our capacity quickly and underscores our commitment to environmental stewardship," said Aurora Medical Center in Grafton President Michelle Y. Blakely, PhD. "We are grateful to the Village of Grafton Board for approving this expansion so we can increase our ability to provide safe, high-quality, compassionate care to help our community live well."

Aurora Medical Center in Grafton intends to add around 24 team members as a result of this expansion. Construction activities on-site are scheduled for April 2021 and the new unit will open this summer.

Aurora Medical Center in Grafton is nationally recognized for excellence, including recognition as the #4 regional hospital in Southeastern Wisconsin by U.S. News and World Report. The expansion will continue the hospital’s commitment to the community as a significant employer and long-term partner. The medical center currently provides a broad range of services including cardiac care, orthopedics, minimally invasive and traditional surgical services, emergency care and neuroscience. In addition, Aurora Medical Center in Grafton is a leader in a broad variety of women’s health services, including the highest level neonatal intensive care unit (Level II) in Ozaukee County.

As patients seek to return to care for preventive and other visits, the Advocate Aurora Safe Care Promise ensures that patients receive the care they need safely at all Advocate.

Aurora facilities. Safety measures include:

  • Virtual check-in through the Advocate Aurora LiveWell app for seamless, low contact arrival.
  • Everyone goes through a COVID-19 screening before entering this location.
  • Anyone who enters the location should wear a mask. If a person does not have a mask, one will be provided.
  • Newly designed waiting areas and staggered appointment times to reduce traffic, minimize contact and create safe spaces for all.

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About Advocate Aurora Health
Advocate Aurora Health is one of the 12 largest not-for-profit, integrated health systems in the United States and a leading employer in the Midwest with more than 75,000 employees, including more than 22,000 nurses and the region’s largest employed medical staff and home health organization. A national leader in clinical innovation, health outcomes, consumer experience and value-based care, the system serves nearly 3 million patients annually in Illinois and Wisconsin across more than 500 sites of care. Advocate Aurora is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies and is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology and pediatrics. The organization contributed $2.2 billion in charitable care and services to its communities in 2019. We help people live well.


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