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Aurora Health announces $324 million project to replace aging medical center

Aurora said Wednesday the project will produce numerous construction jobs, expand Aurora's local healthcare workforce.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center Photo Credit: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AAuroraSheboyganMemorialMedicalCenter.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care announced plans to replace the aging Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center and build a replacement hospital, outpatient surgery center and a medical office building in Kohler, Wisconsin, a project that carries a  $324 million price tag.

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Aurora said Wednesday the project will produce numerous construction jobs and an expansion of Aurora's local healthcare workforce. Aurora expects the new facility will open to patients in 2021.

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The site, a 56-acre parcel that borders Sheboygan, is owned by Kohler Co. Aurora plans to enter into a lease agreement once due diligence on the property is complete.

Aurora also announced plans to make a total contribution of $500,000 to the Sheboygan Area School District. Dave Graebner, president of Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, said in a statement that the system values its collaboration with the district and is "committed to its needs."

Aurora Health Care is a nonprofit provider with sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. It is Wisconsin's largest private employer, serving about 1.2 million patients annually through its 15 hospitals, 150-plus clinics, 70-plus pharmacies and more than 33,000 caregivers.

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