Your support enables Aurora to expand our commitment to survivors of assault, system-wide

Sexual assault statistics* are nothing short of shocking:

  • One in four girls and one in six boys are abused as minors.
  • One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.
  • One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives.

But Aurora Health Care is doing more to address the need for abuse response services in our communities than ever before. There are now nine locations with forensic nurses, many of which are expanding their services and adding staff.

(L-R) Forensic nurses Lynn Herge and Ranee’ Wright at a community outreach event in Oshkosh

“The forensic nursing program is so important because it’s the beginning of a process that gives survivors choices and connects them with resources,” explained Deanna Grundl, forensic nurse supervisor at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County and Aurora Medical Center in Washington County.

Aurora Sheboygan added five new nurses to its program in 2017. It’s also expanding its services to include all victims of crime, such as domestic violence and child abuse. There are six new forensic nurses at Aurora Washington County, which now sees survivors 24 hours a day.

Donors are helping Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh to renovate its forensic nursing room to better care for survivors.

“When patients come in, they’re in crisis from what’s happened to them,” said Brenda Doolittle, the forensic nurse supervisor at Aurora Oshkosh. “They need a place that’s comfortable and private, along with a trauma-informed approach to care.”

Other locations are expanding community outreach.

“This year, we were able to educate more than 25,000 people at Country Thunder with our video on the jumbotron screens,” said Rebecca Rodriguez, forensic nurse supervisor at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha.

And at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, the new Aurora Healing and Advocacy Services just launched in September. It will provide acute medical care, crisis counseling and advocacy, long-term therapy and healing programs.

How You Can Help

This is just a snapshot of how donors like you are helping survivors of sexual assault heal. Donor dollars are being used to help enhance programming and services all over our footprint. To learn more about how you can support the forensic nursing program system-wide, please contact Cynthia Hosale at

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You helped make October “Pink Possible”, THANK YOU!

Dawn Panfil (right) gets in a selfie at the Ladies Night fundraiser for Pink Possible on October 2.

For more than nine years, Aurora Health Care Foundation’s Pink Possible campaign has helped raise breast cancer support funds and awareness in our communities. The month kicked off with the Ladies Night Pink Possible fundraiser at Matty’s Bar & Grille, hosted by Pink Possible champion Dawn Panfil of Hair & Body Solutions. The event raised over $14,000! Dawn is a breast cancer survivor and she has turned her own experience into motivation to help others. Learn more about her journey HERE.

Ladies Night at Matty’s Bar and Grille

The night included a sea of pink raffles, spa services and many amazing cancer warriors. Thank you to the more than 36 salons that provided pink hair extensions, products or promotions throughout the month to help support Aurora breast health funds. See a full listing of salons HERE.


Other local businesses hosted Pink Possible events throughout the month, including Dickey’s BBQ donating a portion of its sales and Keefe Real Estate’s #KeefeGoesPink team efforts. Aurora caregivers also had the opportunity to go pink this month with on-site events and Pink Possible fund focuses through our internal fundraising effort, the Aurora Partnership Campaign.

Caregivers in Oshkosh supported the cause by getting pink hair extensions.

In 2017 alone, an estimated 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Aurora Health Care has the largest cancer care program in the state of Wisconsin, leading more than 175 clinical trials for cancer to help the more than 90 Wisconsin residents a day who hear the words “you have cancer.”

These Pink Possible funds provide breast cancer education, prevention and survivorship activities. Specifically, funds will be used to help support community outreach that emphasizes the importance of screenings and early detection, as well as provide patients with information and resources designed to improve their knowledge about the disease and overall quality of life before, during and after treatment.

Interested in learning more about Pink Possible, visit us here!

One Month. One Cause. Many ways the community made a difference! Thank you for your support.

Missed some of our October activities? You can still make a difference and donate to Pink Possible year round! Click here to donate.

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Dr. Tony Meyer’s legacy remains on campus

Tony Meyer, MD, in front of the street named after him on the Aurora Psychiatric Hospital campus in Wauwatosa.

Dr. Tony Meyer has worked at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital for over 55 years, serving as the medical director since 1991. He retired in 2017 but his former students, patients and colleagues are making sure he stays close by. They are supporting a $250,000 fundraising effort that will culminate in the dedication of the Dr. Anthony D. Meyer Counseling and Therapy Wing at the heart of the new Dewey Center.

“He’s a top psychiatrist of his generation, but to the rest of us, he’s just a member of the team. That’s a pretty unique quality to be such a superstar, but also a teammate,” explained Pete Carlson, vice president of Aurora Behavioral Health Services.

“I’ve always felt I’m so privileged when a patient allows me into their life with the chance to be of help to them. I’ve loved what I do,” Dr. Meyer shared.

If you would like to honor Dr. Meyer by making a gift, contact Judi Strout at

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Lake Country Ball raises nearly $100,000 for rehabilitation services

A huge thank you to sponsors and attendees of the Lake Country Ball, who helped raise nearly $100,000 to support rehabilitation services at Aurora Health Care in Waukesha and Jefferson counties. Your gift ensures that we will be able to enhance our programs and services by:

  • purchasing an AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill, which allows patients to walk or run with little to no weight-bearing as they build strength or recover;
  • dedicating a room solely to pelvic floor treatment, complete with a biofeedback computer program unit;
  • purchasing vestibular googles that can help assist in the vestibular and concussion programs;
  • adding bariatric hi-low tables to be inclusive of all patients that need Aurora’s services;
  • purchasing an elliptical; and
  • acquiring a golf swing analyzer and the space to utilize it.

The event was held on Saturday, November 4 at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha. Click here if you’d like to make a gift to support the rehabilitation department. To see pictures from the Lake Country Ball, click here.

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How your gifts to Aurora Family Service help families stay whole

Aurora Family Service is focused exclusively on family wellness and stability. It helps promote self-sufficiency through every stage of life, integrating physical health, mental health, social services, family and marriage therapy, and a variety of financial wellness programs too. Because of generous support from the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County and donors like you, here is some of what Aurora Family Service did in 2016:

Thank you, United Way

“United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County has been a proud partner of Aurora Family Service since 1909. Over the years, we have worked together to strengthen families from their earliest days, through prenatal care and home visitation programs, to later in life, by helping seniors with limited income to maintain their independence. In 2017-18, we are proud to support five Aurora Family Service programs representing all three of our core pillars: Health, Education and Financial Stability.”

Nicole Angresano
Vice President, Community Impact
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

If your organization hosts a United Way campaign, you can choose Aurora Family Service for your donation! Or you can always make a gift on our website, go to and choose Aurora Family Service.


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Leaving a Legacy: How donors like Jennifer Cooper will enhance care at Aurora for years to come

Jennifer Cooper is a research coordinator, sr. at Aurora Health Care, and has worked at Aurora St. Luke’s for decades. She is also a member our Legacy Society.

Jennifer Cooper has given a lot of her time, energy and expertise to Aurora Health Care. Aurora has been her employer for more than 41 years! Four decades is a very long time to work for the same company, but Jennifer has found ways to stay interested and continue learning.

“My first job out of college was here, what is now Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. I’ve worked in research for more than ten years, and before that was in the cardiac operating room,” Jennifer shared. “I still go visit my colleagues there, and they invite me to their parties. I just really value the people I’ve worked with.”

For Jennifer, working at Aurora St. Luke’s hasn’t been just a job; it’s been a rewarding career. With the help of Aurora’s loan forgiveness program, she went back to school at the age of 60 to get her Bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“I feel like Aurora has given me a lot of opportunities over the years. I’ve had many different roles and you can really grow within Aurora, which I appreciate,” she explained.

Throughout her life she has donated to many Aurora funds that are important to her, by giving through the Aurora Partnership Campaign. But she decided to make an even bigger commitment by joining our Legacy Society and naming Aurora Health Care as the beneficiary of her retirement plan.

“I don’t have a large family or anything, and I thought that since two-thirds of my life has been here, why not give back? Aurora has been good to me, and I value the people and the patients very much,” said Jennifer.

And we value people like Jennifer who are enhancing the care offered at Aurora Health Care every single day. There are many ways you can join our Legacy Society and many benefits for doing so. CLICK HERE to learn more.


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Join us to celebrate the angels in your life

We’ve all experienced the loss of loved ones. That space they used to occupy in your life – in your heart – can ache with its absence. This can be especially hard during the holidays.

But then there’s the joy they brought to us. The laughter, the experiences, the way they made our lives richer just by being there. The loved ones in your life who’ve passed away… they are angels.


The community’s angels illuminate at our 2016 celebration and remembrance ceremony.

A tradition for 25 years, Tree of Angels celebration and remembrance ceremony at Aurora Zilber Family Hospice in Wauwatosa helps you celebrate the lives of those who mean so much to you in an unforgettable way: By commemorating your loved ones with an angel on the tree.

With a gift of $30, you’ll receive a pewter keepsake ornament to serve as a tribute to the person who meant so much to you. A second angel with your loved one’s name will be hung from the holiday trees outside at the hospice, all throughout the holiday season.

All proceeds will benefit our extraordinary patient care, family support programming, caregiver training and so much more.

ToA25purpleThis year’s Tree of Angels ceremony and remembrance ceremony will be held at 4 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Aurora Zilber Family Hospice, 1155 Honey Creek Parkway, Wauwatosa. Parking will be available in Hart Park, with shuttles to take you event.

Your gift is 100 percent tax-deductible, and will help bring hope and comfort to those receiving care from our hospice programs. For more information on how you can remember your loved ones in this special way, visit our website, call Allison Klein at 414-219-4713 or email

Tree of Angels is a celebration for our entire community. We are honored to help you remember your loved one, even if they did not receive care through the Aurora at Home Hospice program or Aurora Zilber Family Hospice.

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