Advocate Aurora Health will expand its hospital complex in a new construction project

By Catherine Sturman
One of the largest, non-for-profit, integrated health systems in the US, Advocate Aurora Health is set to expand its hospital...

One of the largest, non-for-profit, integrated health systems in the US, Advocate Aurora Health is set to expand its hospital complex in a new construction project to enhance and deliver quality healthcare in Racine County.

Identified as one of the fastest growing areas in Wisconsin, the organisation will develop a new hospital, two clinics and a medical office building, set to compliment its existing primary and specialty physician presence in the region.

“We look forward to serving this rapidly growing community by ensuring consumers have access to the right care at the right time in the right setting,” said Nick Turkal, MD, President and CEO of Advocate Aurora Health.

“We are building for the future of how consumers want to experience health, whether it be in an ambulatory setting, hospital or from the palm of your hand.

Set to commence in late 2018, the new hospital will provide an array of emergence and inpatient services, in order to support up to three million patients annually across fields such as cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, and paediatrics.

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Plans also include two additional primary care clinics, in addition to the new hospital’s medical office building which will offer a variety of primary and specialty physician services and online access to serve area residents’ and employers’ growing need for high quality, affordable care.

“Growth in the Racine County corridor provides an immediate opportunity for Advocate Aurora Health to accelerate our population health efforts to deliver greater value for the communities and employers we are privileged to serve,” commented Jim Skogsbergh, President and CEO, Advocate Aurora Health.

“We’ll bridge the gap in services and leverage our two legacy systems’ clinical expertise and fully integrated delivery models in the surrounding area.”

With over 70,000 employees and more than 22,000 nurses, the news follows on from its plans to build a new $130mn ambulatory surgery centre and physician office.

Its emergency departments have recently received new accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) for the care it provides to older patients, as part of the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) programme, and further supports Aurora’s overall population health and community-focused approach to care.

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