Local dignitaries and media were invited to a construction ceremony held by Advocate Aurora Health officials on Wednesday for its planned $324 million medical center and medical office building in the Village of Kohler.
Sheboygan-based Acuity Insurance was recognized for its $2.5 million donation to Aurora Health Care Foundation. The contribution is the largest single donation that Aurora has ever received. “Acuity Insurance has been a strong and vocal champion of our new medical center and we are humbled and honored by their generosity,” said Carrie Killoran, Executive Vice President, Advocate Aurora Health.
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“We live here. We work here. We want to support our community, and we want to be sure everyone has the best place to go for care to help you and your loved ones,” said Ben Salzmann, president and CEO of Acuity Insurance.
The ceremony was marked with the presentation and assembly of a time capsule, representing the hospital’s past and present to inspire the future of the community.
The $324 million project is planned to offer services including women’s and children’s health services, cardiovascular, sports health/orthopedic care, surgery, wellness services, behavioral health and a wide offering of primary care services. The facility will include a large medical office building where patients will have convenient access to their physicians for follow-up appointments and clinic visits.
“For nearly a century, our current hospital, Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, has been an integral part of the Sheboygan community and served us well, but as communities evolve, so too do their needs,” said Killoran. “Now is the time for a new facility to create greater access to care for our growing communities we serve. The new medical center will continue to allow care to be kept here in the Sheboygan area.”
The site is on 56 acres along Interstate 43 north of Acuity Insurance and south of the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan. Advocate Aurora Health will lease the property from Kohler Co. Because of its pivotal role in the location of the new facility, Kohler Co. was recognized by Advocate Aurora Health for partnership and shared vision for the community.
“Kohler Co. is a valued partner and supporter of this project,” said Killoran. “We knew we had common ground with them in our shared passion and commitment for a healthy Sheboygan County.”
Construction on the new Aurora Medical Center Sheboygan County began in June. It will include a 345,000-square foot medical center and a 115,000-square foot medical office building and is expected to open in 2022.
“At Advocate Aurora Health, we believe that our ability to reimagine health care will only be enhanced as we work together as one purpose-driven team committed to helping people live well,” said Killoran. “This new medical center will help us deliver on that promise, and it’s a privilege to serve the community and employ so many local residents.”
Ben Salzmann and Carrie Killoran with Acuity donation check
Items for time capsule