Zilber hospice is July charity of the month at Gilles

conekids-colorWe are excited to share that the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association Zilber Family Hospice has been chosen as Gilles Frozen Custard charity of the month for July.

Zilber hospice provides compassionate care to individuals and their families during the end-of-life journey. The donations that we receive from community support ensures that everyone is entitled to high-quality care and comfort, regardless of their financial means.

Thank you to Gilles for selecting Zilber hospice and thank you to all of the generous customers who have already made a donation while enjoying their favorite sandwich or dessert.

Gilles is located at 7515 West Blue Mound Road.

To make a gift visit Aurora.org/Donate or contact Judi Strout at 414.615.5935 or judi.strout@aurora.org.

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What’s the “State” of your affairs?

When people are asked this question, they often think about how current their present plans are. What they should think about is what state they live in. Or in the case of those who have residences in multiple states, which one governs the outcome of their estate plan.
If you are a “snow bird” and have a home in Wisconsin and Florida, which state will determine the distribution of your estate? Living in multiple states can complicate matters when it comes to estate planning and elder law.

Where is your legal residence? You may think this is determined by where you spend the most time. Consider the following in making that determination.

Where are you?

  • Registered to vote?
  • Licensed to drive?
  • Addressed for tax documentation?

Once you’ve determined your state of legal residence, make sure your estate documents are executed in that state. This is extremely important when it comes to transferring property or if you become incapacitated.

Also make sure that your living will and power of attorney for health care is valid in both states. In addition, if you spend a great deal of time away from “home” then make sure you select a neighbor or close friend in that state to assist in getting you to the hospital in an emergency.

So, what is the “state” of your affairs? If you’ve recently moved to another state or acquired property there, it’s time to update your estate plan. Or if you’ve lived for years in another state and only have a simple will, it’s time for you to update your plan as well.

For a confidential and personalized legacy plan review contact Stephen Davis, director of gift planning for Aurora Health Care Foundation at 414-219-4751 or Legacyinfo@aurora.org

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Hospital launches “Project Lifesaver: Neighbors Helping Neighbors” in Walworth County

14168559311_32341bc064_oCardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, saves lives. First responders are certified to provide effective CPR in case of emergency.

The American Heart Association recommends a compression/ventilation ratio of 30:2 with a compression rate of at least 100/minute. They further recommend interruptions of chest compressions be kept to a minimum and last no longer than 10 seconds. “Even under the best of conditions, those providing CPR become fatigued and the quality of chest compressions begins to decrease rather quickly,” said David Fladten, emergency medical services coordinator at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center.

The physicians and leaders at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center know that in an emergency, when every second counts, it is important to have the best tools available. That is why they are working with the community to raise funds to outfit 16 Walworth County emergency medical providers with AutoPulse units through an initiative called “Project Lifesaver: Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” The devices constrict the entire chest instead of compressing it as a person would, improving blood flow for patients experiencing cardiac arrest.

Aurora Health Care Foundation and the Medical Staff of Aurora Lakeland Medical Center raised $141,000 at the 29th Annual Benefit Ball to help fund this initiative.

You can still support this project and help bring AutoPulse units to Walworth County. For more information, or to make a donation, please contact Michelle Weber at Michelle.Weber@aurora.org or call 262-741-2382.

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Marquette University recognizes Aurora Behavioral Health Services

(L-R) William Henk, Ed. D., Dean and Professor, College of Education and Jay J. Chrostowski, PsyD, ABPP

(L-R) William Henk, Ed. D., Dean and Professor, College of Education and Jay J. Chrostowski, PsyD, ABPP

Congratulations to Aurora Behavioral Health Services for receiving the Human Services/Foundation Partner Award from the Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology (CECP) Department at Marquette University. This award recognizes collaborative community partners that share the resources, rewards, and risks associated with serving the community and advancing the field of education and mental health.

Dr. Jay Chrostowski, director of behavioral health therapy at Aurora, accepted the award on behalf of ABHS.

“We’ve had Marquette students placed within our eating disorder program, mental health partial hospital program, mental health intensive outpatient program, the Dewey Center and neuropsychology services at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center,” said Dr. Chrostowski.

Marquette’s counseling psychology program trains Master’s level counseling psychologists and Doctoral level counseling psychologists. For this award, the faculty of the Counseling Psychology department voted on a community partner who has had a significant impact on the training of their students.

“Our substance abuse programs prefer these students, as there is a certificate in substance abuse offered by the program and recognized by the state,” added Chrostowski. “When students are here they are working under their SAC-IT and are obtaining hours towards that certification. It has been a very good relationship and we were honored to be recognized for these efforts.”

“This really is a win-win situation for Aurora and theses students,” said Pete Carlson, president of Aurora Behavioral Health Services. “We are able to provide excellent real-life training and educational experiences for the students, and we frequently hire former students after they graduate.”

This year, Aurora Health Care Foundation recognizes Aurora Behavioral Heath Services with the 130th anniversary of one of its founding facilities, Aurora Psychiatric Hospital. To learn more about the celebration and ways to support ABHS, visit aurora.org/light 

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Congratulations! You’re helping a new baby!

snuggleupsnests 1And, actually, hundreds of babies who need specialized care in their first days of life at the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Aurora West Allis Women’s Pavilion.

Each year, 3,700 babies are born at this hospital and some receive extra care so they can become stronger before going home with their families.

By visiting our online registry, you can help hundreds of babies and families who need this critical care. That’s why this year’s Evening of Promise will benefit improvements to our NICU by helping support:

  • New Giraffe Omni Beds ™, Bili blankets, isolettes, sleep sacks and other medical equipment to help baby in their early, fragile days.
  • Establish a Breast Milk Depot, to help families better provide breast milk for premature babies.
  • Growing our family and advocate groups to support parents of infants requiring NICU care.

You can help by joining our registry at www.give.aurora.org/nicuregistry and supporting some of the many needs

For more information on Evening of Promise, which will be held October 2nd at Summit Place in West Allis, visit give.aurora.org/promise.

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KidShape program in Manitowoc receives $500 gift

Pictured from left to right: Carla Stevens, FD, CSO, CD (KidShape Coordinator), Erik Barber (Aurora Health Care Foundation), Carrie Penovich (Aurora Health Care) and Cathie Kocourek (President, Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County).

Pictured from left to right: Carla Stevens, FD, CSO, CD (KidShape Coordinator), Erik Barber (Aurora Health Care Foundation), Carrie Penovich (Aurora Health Care) and Cathie Kocourek (President, Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County).

Thank you to The Walmart Foundation and Facility #1449 for its gift of $500 to support the KidShape program in Manitowoc. KidShape, a newly created program in the Manitowoc area, is taught by professionals, including a dietitian, youth physical activity instructor and other health educators.

Additionally, through a partnership with the Manitowoc/Two Rivers Y, children between the ages of 6-12 who are overweight or obese will work with a trainer on the physical fitness aspect of KidShape. Donor gifts through Aurora Health Care Foundation are making a difference by equipping kids and families with healthy routines and practices at home.

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McGMO Founders receive nearly $109,000 to benefit cancer care in Elkhorn

Founding members of the McGMO Golfing for Cancer Care event received a check for nearly $109,000 to support cancer care. Picture from left to right: Lori Grover (McGMO Founder), Mike Grover (McGMO Founder), Kim O’Keefe (McGMO Founder) and Michelle Weber (Aurora Health Care Foundation).

Founding members of the McGMO Golfing for Cancer Care event received a check for nearly $109,000 to support cancer care. Picture from left to right: Lori Grover (McGMO Founder), Mike Grover (McGMO Founder), Kim O’Keefe (McGMO Founder) and Michelle Weber (Aurora Health Care Foundation).

Founders of the Annual McGMO Golfing for Cancer Care event received nearly $109,000 to support patients at the Aurora Cancer Care – Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation presented the check during their annual recognition breakfast on May 1, 2014. The check included matching funds from Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation and proceeds raised by golfers who participated in last year’s 16th Annual McGMO Golfing for Cancer Care.

The McGMO was established in 1998 in memory of Dean McGregor, Ivan Grover, and Calvin Monroe, who lost their battles with cancer and Kim O’Keefe, a courageous cancer survivor. The event raises funds to help cancer patients throughout Walworth County and surrounding communities by enhancing patient services, and investing in new technology for cancer care at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center.

“Each year, our goal is to raise the bar and increase the proceeds of the outing so that even more people with cancer will benefit from the generosity of participants and sponsors. Cancer impacts everyone and it’s important to receive world-class treatment close to home,” said Mike Grover, one of the founding members of the McGMO. “The 17th Annual McGMO event is on July 25, 2014 and proceeds from the golf outing will be directed toward a cancer rehabilitation program. The goal is to help cancer survivors achieve optimal health and wellness by overcoming long term effects of cancer.”

mcgmoFor more information or to register online for the 17th Annual McGMO Golfing for Cancer Care event, please visit www.mcgmo.com.  The $125 a person registration fee for this year’s event includes lunch, 18 hole golf scramble, awards reception, dinner, and silent and live auctions.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available at a variety of levels, ranging from $100 to $10,000. In addition, program book ads are available starting at $25. All sponsors will have their names listed prominently at the clubhouse. For information about the tournament, or to become a hole sponsor or auction donor, contact Mike Grover at (262) 728-3779. 

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