Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit health care system headquartered in Milwaukee and serving eastern Wisconsin. The system has 15 hospitals, more than 150 clinics, and 70 pharmacies. With 32,000 employees, including 1,800 employed physicians, Aurora is Wisconsin's largest home care organization. Since its formation in 1984, Aurora has expanded through partnerships with independent community hospitals and affiliations with physician organizations as well as organic growth by building new hospitals and medical centers.
|Aurora Health Care|
|Genre||Health care system|
|Eastern Wisconsin, Northeast Illinois|
|Nick Turkal, MD President & CEO|
Number of employees
In 1984, St. Luke's Medical Center, located on Milwaukee's south side, and Good Samaritan Medical Center, located on Milwaukee's near north side, formed an affiliation called St. Luke's Samaritan Health Care. This partnership was the first in the Milwaukee area of two formerly independent hospitals. Three years later, when Mount Sinai Medical Center merged with Good Samaritan Medical Center in 1987, the partnership changed its name to Aurora Health Care.
The goal of the partnership of the three hospitals was to reduce costs, maintain a high level of care, and compete with the other hospitals in the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
After forming a partnership with Aurora, the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Milwaukee joined Aurora in 1988. The VNA, founded in 1907, is Wisconsin's largest provider of hospice care for children and adults.
Between 1992 and 1995, the health care system added five more hospitals:
Two more hospitals were brought into the Aurora system in 1995: the 78-year-old Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn, owned by Walworth County, and Trinity Memorial Hospital in Cudahy, founded in 1958 and owned by Catholic Health Corp. Aurora acquired Lakeland Medical Center for about $16 million. In the deal, Aurora assumed the hospital's bond obligations and debt and agreed to contribute to a fund to cover the uninsured. In February 1996, Memorial Hospital of Burlington was the final hospital to join Aurora Health Care .
In September 2001, Aurora BayCare opened as a joint effort of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic. Today, Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital serving the Green Bay area and communities throughout northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
In 1998, Aurora built its first hospital, on the west side of Kenosha, which opened in February 1999. That same year Aurora replaced Two Rivers Community Hospital with a new facility, which opened in June 2000.
Constrained by space at the 17-acre (6.9 ha) St. Luke's Medical Center campus, Aurora expanded upward by building a 12-story "heart tower" on top of the existing parking structure. The expansion has 270 beds and opened in 2004.
During the spring of 2002, the 5-story Aurora Women's Pavilion was opened at West Allis Memorial Hospital.
In March 2004, Aurora Health Care announced a new QuickCare service, the first of its kind in the Milwaukee area. The kiosks, known as Aurora QuickCare, are staffed by providers who handle basic, common medical issues for a flat rate. Aurora has opened 19 of these facilities including five in Walmart Supercenters.
After leading the health care system since its creation 22 years earlier, G. Edwin Howe retired as president and chief executive officer. Nick Turkal, a family practice physician and president of Aurora's metro Milwaukee region, was chosen as Howe's replacement. Turkal has been employed by Aurora Health Care since 1987.
In March 2001, Aurora announced plans to build a new hospital in the Pabst Farms development that was in the jurisdiction of the city of Oconomowoc. The Oconomowoc Common Council rezoned the property in June 2001, preventing the development. Aurora sued Oconomowoc because it believed that the rezoning was done illegally.
Aurora revealed plans in 2004 to construct a hospital in the Pabst Farms development located in the Town of Summit a few hundred feet (around 100 meters) south of the proposed Oconomowoc site. It was to be Aurora's first hospital in Waukesha County. In 2007, the Summit Town Board approved the new Aurora hospital, which was planned to have a capacity of 110 beds and to have been completed in March 2010.
The new Summit home for Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic was to open October 26, 2009 and replace the current Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic, the Wilkinson Women's Center, and the Aurora Vision Center, all currently in Oconomowoc. The Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic was also to move from its Oconomowoc location to the Summit campus and a new Aurora Pharmacy was to open at the Summit facility.
The new Aurora Medical Center campus in the Town of Summit is at the southeast corner of Interstate 94 and Highway 67. The new Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic was to be on the west side of the campus, and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic is on the south side.
On July 31, 2007, Advanced Healthcare, an independent practice in southeastern Wisconsin, and Aurora Health Care announced that they would join "under a broad affiliation agreement." According to the agreement, the leadership of Advanced Healthcare would remain intact.
In concert with the purchase announcement, Aurora and Advanced Healthcare constructed a new hospital in Grafton, which opened in late 2010. Health care industry experts estimated the total cost of purchasing Advanced Healthcare and constructing the Grafton hospital at $250 million.
On December 4, 2017, Aurora Health Care and Advocate Health Care Network of Illinois announced a merger agreement.
ACL Laboratories is a joint venture between Aurora Health Care and Chicago's largest integrated health care system, Advocate Health Care. It was created in 1997 by a merger of several independent laboratories in Wisconsin and the Chicago area. ACL performs a range of lab tests from routine blood tests to toxicology and drug tests.
The Visiting Nurse Association of Milwaukee joined Aurora in 1988 and, as of 2010, employs 886 caregivers that provided 273,092 visits to over 15,000 patients averaging well over 2,200 visits per day while traveling over 3,000,000 miles. In 2015, the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association began doing business as Aurora at Home.
In 1995 Family Service of Milwaukee joined Aurora to become Aurora Family Service. In 2010 Aurora Family Service served nearly 13,000 families with approximately 1,500 families receiving services on any given day.
Formed in 2010, Aurora Research Institute is a limited liability company of Aurora Health Care headquartered on the campus of Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Milwaukee, that provides infrastructure to translate new discoveries into treatment. Aurora is currently participating in more than 400 clinical trials.
Launched in 2014 and published quarterly, Aurora's Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews is a peer-reviewed, open access, multispecialty medical journal devoted to scholarly reports on human health and well-being. JPCRR content is available freely online.
Since 1984 the Aurora Sports Medicine Institute has grown to its current size of 14 locations across southeastern Wisconsin. The Institute runs programs many such as Free Injury Evaluations, Performance Running, Performance Golf, among others including arrangements with the Milwaukee Admirals as well as Marquette University.
The 2006 Duramed FUTURES Tour was a series of professional women's golf tournaments held from March through September 2006 in the United States. The FUTURES Tour is the second-tier women's professional golf tour in the United States and is the "official developmental tour" of the LPGA Tour.
The age minimum age for participation was lowered to 17 for the 2006 season.2007 Duramed FUTURES Tour
The 2007 Duramed FUTURES Tour was a series of professional women's golf tournaments held from March through September 2007 in the United States. The FUTURES Tour is the second-tier women's professional golf tour in the United States and is the "official developmental tour" of the LPGA Tour.
On July 18, 2007, the LPGA announced that it had acquired the FUTURES Tour effective immediately, "bringing women's professional golf now under one umbrella." Previously the FUTURES Tour had operated as a licensee of the LPGA.2008 Duramed FUTURES Tour
The 2008 Duramed FUTURES Tour was a series of professional women's golf tournaments held from March through October 2008 in the United States. The FUTURES Tour is the second-tier women's professional golf tour in the United States and is the "official developmental tour" of the LPGA Tour.Abdul Jamil Tajik
Abdul Jamil Tajik is a Pakistani American physician and medical investigator in the field of cardiovascular diseases. He is listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as a highly cited researcher – one of the top 250 researchers in his field in terms of number of citations.Aurora Health Care Championship
The Aurora Health Care Championship was an annual United States golf tournament for professional women golfers on the Futures Tour, the LPGA Tour's developmental tour. The event was a part of the Futures Tour's schedule from 1995 to 2003, when it was played in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area and again from 2006 to 2008, when it has been played at the Geneva National Golf Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
The title sponsor was Aurora Health Care, a Wisconsin-based health care provider.
The Tournament was a 54-hole event, as are most Futures Tour tournaments, and included pre-tournament pro-am opportunities, in which local amateur golfers can play with the professional golfers from the Tour as a benefit for local charities. Benefiting charities from the Aurora Health Care Championship were The Geneva National Foundation and Aurora Health Care.
Tournament names through the years:
1995–99: Aurora Health Care FUTURES Classic
2000: Aurora Health Care FUTURES Charity Golf Classic
2001: Aurora Health Care SBC FUTURES Charity Golf Classic
2002–03: Aurora Health Care FUTURES Charity Golf Classic
2006–08: Aurora Health Care ChampionshipAurora St. Luke's Medical Center
Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center is a private hospital located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is one of the 15 hospitals of Aurora Health Care, a non-profit health care system founded in 1984 and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Geneva National Golf Club
Geneva National Golf Club is a golf course resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. It opened in 1991.From 2006 to 2008, it hosted the Aurora Health Care Championship.
It has three courses, designed by Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino respectively.Greater Milwaukee Open
The Greater Milwaukee Open was a regular golf tournament in Wisconsin on the PGA Tour. For 42 years, it was played annually in the Milwaukee area, the final sixteen editions in the north suburb of Brown Deer at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course. U.S. Bancorp was the main sponsor of the tournament in its final years and the last purse in 2009 was $4 million, with a winner's share of $720,000. The event was run by Milwaukee Golf Charities, Inc., with proceeds going to a variety of Wisconsin charities.
The tournament debuted in 1968 as the Greater Milwaukee Open (or GMO), competing against the British Open by offering a $200,000 purse (second highest on the Tour) with a $40,000 first prize. Lee Trevino, the recent U.S. Open winner, chose to play in the more lucrative GMO instead of the 1968 British Open.Art Wall Jr., the 1959 Masters champion, won in 1975 at age 51 for his first tour win in nine years, his fourteenth and final win on the tour. Wall was one stroke ahead of 27-year-old runner-up Gary McCord, later a noted golf commentator, but winless in his career on the PGA Tour.
In 2004, U.S. Bank signed on as title sponsor. In July 2006, U.S. Bank and Milwaukee Golf Charities Inc. announced that U.S. Bank will remain the sponsor for at least three more years.The tournament was played at four courses in the Milwaukee area:
It was nationally televised beginning in 1989, and Tiger Woods made his professional debut in 1996 at Brown Deer with a 67 on August 29, four days after winning his third consecutive U.S. Amateur title in Oregon. At age 20, he made the cut and tied for 60th place, earning a modest $2,544.The event ended when U.S. Bank announced that it would not renew its sponsorship after the 2009 event. Secondary sponsor Aurora Health Care also announced that it would substantially cut back on its financial involvement. Before U.S. Bank's sponsorship, the tournament survived thanks to the help of late philanthropist Jane Pettit. Its slot on the PGA Tour schedule against the British Open, along with low attendance and TV ratings, were reasons cited by U.S. Bank for pulling out of the event. The Greater Milwaukee Charities organization has closed its offices and has shut down.Heil Environmental Industries
The Heil Co. d/b/a Heil Environmental, a subsidiary of Dover Corporation, is a manufacturer of garbage and recycling trucks. For many decades, Heil Environmental has been the chief supplier of refuse and recycling equipment for the world's largest waste collection agency, the New York City Sanitation Department. The company has many smaller municipal customers, national publicly-traded customers, and regional/small haulers as well. Heil has an extensive US dealer network and also sells & supports its products in many countries around the world.Implantable loop recorder
An implantable loop recorder (ILR), also known as an insertable cardiac monitor, is a small device about the size of a pack of chewing gum or USB memory stick that is implanted just under the skin of the chest for cardiac monitoring (that is, to record the heart's electrical activity).Joanne Disch
Joanne Disch is an American professor ad honorem of nursing at University of Minnesota. She is best known for her contributions improving patient safety and health administration.Disch earned her BS in nursing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1968, in 1976, she earned an MS in nursing at University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her doctorate in 1985 from University of Michigan.Disch is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, an organization for which she served as president from 2011 to 2013.
As an advocate for patient safety, Disch has testified before Congress sharing both large-scale data and compelling case studies.In 2016, Disch was elected chair of the board of directors of Aurora Health Care, a not for profit health-care system headquartered in Milwaukee. In 2018, Disch was elected chair of the board of directors after the merger of Aurora Health Care and Advocate Healthcare, the largest healthcare provider in Illinois. The joint healthcare system is the 10th largest in the United States.Katherine Kirk
Katherine Kirk (born 26 February 1982) is a professional golfer from Australia, currently playing on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and the ALPG Tour. She played under her maiden name, Katherine Hull, until her marriage to Tom Kirk on 2 August 2012 and also under the name Katherine Hull-Kirk.Kevin Fickenscher
Kevin Fickenscher, M.D., CPE, FACPE, FAAFP currently serves the President/CEO of CREO Strategic Solutions, LLC - a consulting, advisory and management services company involved in all aspects of the telecare field. He is also extensively involved in leadership development for organizations of all sizes. CREO is an organization which provides a network of senior-level people resources with extensive backgrounds in all aspects of healthcare. He has also previously served as the Director for Healthcare at The MITRE Corporation, a federally funded research and development corporation providing services to the federal government; Interim CMO for AMC Health, a remote care management programs; and, CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the leading association of informaticians throughout the world. Prior to serving as CEO and President of AMIA, he was Chief Strategy and Development Officer for Healthcare at Dell. He has also served as the Executive Vice President of International Healthcare at Perot Systems prior to Dell purchasing the company in 2009. Dr Fickenscher also served as the National Director and Partner for Clinical Transformation within the Global Health Solutions Group at Computer Sciences Corporation. In addition, he has served as the Chief Medical Officer for a number of healthcare organizations, including: WebMD, Catholic Healthcare West, a regional healthcare system based in San Francisco, California; and, Aurora Health Care, an integrated health system in eastern Wisconsin.
Early in his career, Dr. Fickenscher pursued an academic career and served as the founder of The Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota, a nationally recognized program dedicated to rural health service, research, and policy analysis, and as the Assistant Dean and President/CEO of the Michigan State University/ Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, one of six campuses for the MSU College of Human Medicine.
Dr. Fickenscher is a regular participant in discussions and debates related to the future of healthcare, including testimony before Congress and participation in a variety of international healthcare forums. Among his other accomplishments, Dr. Fickenscher was awarded a Kellogg National Fellowship in 1985 by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and served as the Health Advisor to Joe Biden's 1988 presidential campaign . The Healthcare Forum and Korn/Ferry International recognized him nationally as one of six Emerging Leaders in Healthcare for 1991. He was also a Regional Finalist for The White House Fellows Program; Recipient, North Dakota Leadership Award of Excellence; and, served on the Clinton healthcare task force reform efforts.In May 2007, Modern Healthcare ranked Dr. Fickenscher as No. 12 among The 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare, 2007.Dr. Fickenscher graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1978.Kohler, Wisconsin
Kohler is a village in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United States, along the Sheboygan River. The population was 2,120 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Sheboygan, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area.LaRee Sugg
LaRee Pearl Sugg (born November 11, 1971) is an Associate Athletic Director of the Richmond Spiders. Before joining Richmond, Sugg became the third African American woman to play on the LPGA Tour in history. Sugg played on the LPGA tour from 1995 to 1996 and 2000 to 2001 with multiple appearances at the United States Women's Open Championship and Women's British Open. Apart from the LPGA, Sugg played for the LGPA Futures Tour and won the 1998 Aurora Health Care Futures Classic.Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Sheboygan is a city in and the county seat of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 49,288 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Sheboygan, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Sheboygan River, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Milwaukee and 64 mi (103 km) south of Green Bay.Sheboygan South High School
Sheboygan South High School is a public coeducational high school serving approximately 1,335 students in grades 9-12. Located on the south side of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, it is part of the Sheboygan Area School District. The school has a rivalry with the cross-town Sheboygan North High School.
The school opened in 1960 in the midst of a population shift toward the south side of Sheboygan and the Town of Wilson. It was a replacement for the former Sheboygan Central High School (established in 1884 as Sheboygan High School, renamed to Central High School in 1938), located in the city's downtown, which remains the site of the school district's offices and the site of several alternative programs. The school has undergone two expansions. In 1998, a new library and classrooms were added, and a more significant expansion occurred in 2005-2006, with the addition of more classrooms, a new indoor athletic complex, and new tennis courts. Naming rights for the school's new gymnasium were acquired by Acuity Insurance, with the weight room/fitness center being sponsored by Aurora Health Care and open to use by the public outside of school hours. In June 2017, after the school's office facilities moved to the southern part of the building, its address was officially changed to 1240 Washington Avenue, ending 57 years of holding the 3128 South 12th Street address.
In the recent past, the Acuity Gymnasium played host to a private Fifth Harmony concert on March 19, 2014 sponsored by Milwaukee radio station WXSS and won by South High students in a school spirit contest involving clothing donations to Goodwill Industries. It also played host to a Bernie Sanders rally for his 2016 presidential campaign on April 1 of that year.The school's athletic teams are nicknamed the Redwings, with the school colors being red, white and black. Until 1993 the nickname was the Redmen, carried over from Central. When concerns over the racial implications of the Native American name were broached, a long debate among students, faculty, alumni and the community at large resulted in a change, one of the first in the state of Wisconsin to be settled long before the May 2010 implementation of a state law allowing easier challenges of Native American nicknames (later repealed in 2013). One remnant of the former Redmen name still exists in a mosaic profile of an Indian chief on the front facade of the school's auditorium.
The school's newspaper and yearbook are named Lake Breeze, a carryover from Central High School.
Three members of the faculty hold National Board of Teaching Certification.Sofie Andersson
Sofie Andersson Aagaard (born 6 June 1983) is a Swedish professional golfer who played mainly on the United States-based Futures Tour. She competed on tour as Sofie Andersson, adding Aagaard after her marriage in November 2012.As an amateur, Andersson represented the Swedish National Team from 1999 to 2006. In 2004, she captured Sweden's first World Amateur Team Championships gold medal at the competition in Puerto Rico with Karin Sjödin and Louise Stahle. Two years later at the same event held in South Africa, she won the silver medal together with Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Westrup. She made her debut on the Ladies European Tour at the 2005 Scandinavian TPC hosted by Annika where she missed the cut.Andersson began her college career as a freshman at Mississippi State University, earning SEC second-team all-conference honors before transferring to University of California, Berkeley in 2003, where she was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American and a member of the team finishing in the top five at the NCAA Championships three years in a row 2004 to 2006. Andersson finished her career with a school-record 74.2 average and was a two-time All-West Region honoree and twice earned All-Pac-10 Conference second-team accolades in 2005 and 2006, in addition to All-Pac-10 honorable mention praise in 2004. Her highest NCAA finish was sixth place in 2004, and in 2005 she captured the Spartan Invitational individual title, as part of a total of 16 individual top-10 finishes.Andersson turned professional in 2007 and joined the Duramed Futures Tour (later renamed Symetra Tour), the second-tier women's professional golf tour in the United States and is the "official developmental tour" of the LPGA Tour. During her rookie year she had her first professional career win, the Aurora Health Care Championship at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. After three other top ten finishes she ended the season 16th on the money list. She lost the 2009 Michelob ULTRA Duramed FUTURES Players Championship in a playoff with Mina Harigae, who won on the first hole of a playoff.Andersson competed in the 2010 U.S. Women's Open (Oakmont) and the 2011 U.S. U.S. Women's Open (Broadmoor).In 2015 Andersson was appointed head coach of women's golf at California Polytechnic State University.Song-Hee Kim
Song-Hee Kim (Korean: 김송희, born 16 July 1988) is a Korean female professional golfer currently playing on the United States-based LPGA Tour.