Hanson named chief financial officer at Aurora Health Care

January 03, 2011

Milwaukee, Wi. – Aurora Health Care today named Gail L. Hanson as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Hanson served as deputy executive director for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) since 2004 and was senior vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer for Cobalt Corporation, Milwaukee, from 1999 to 2004.

At SWIB Hanson oversaw all operational aspects of the organization, including accounting, governance and general management functions. She chaired SWIB’s compliance committee and developed policies and procedures for its investment division.

“We in health care are facing a time of many complex financial challenges and opportunities brought about by federal and state reform, the down economy, the competitive landscape and declining reimbursement,” says Nick Turkal MD, president and chief executive officer of Aurora Health Care. “Gail’s strong record of financial leadership in the public and private sectors and her strategic capabilities will put Aurora in a position to capitalize on the opportunities ahead of us.”

Prior to her position with SWIB, Hanson served in positions of increasing responsibility in finance for 20 years at Cobalt and its predecessor organization, Blue Cross Blue Shield United of Wisconsin. She has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, is a certified public accountant and chartered financial analyst.

She replaces David Eager who will continue with Aurora’s finance group under Hanson’s leadership.

Elected last year to Aurora’s board of directors, she will assume the role of board treasurer. She begins in her new role as chief financial officer in late February. Hanson and her husband, Richard Graebner, make their home in Oconomowoc.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin based health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of care. Aurora provides care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

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