KOHLER — Aurora Health Care announced Tuesday it has signed a letter of intent with the Kohler Company, initiating a process which would allow Aurora to build a a new hospital and new outpatient surgery center.
The hospital and medical office building would be constructed immediately east of Interstate 43 in the Village of Kohler. The location is north of Acuity Insurance and south of the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan campus.
“The greater Sheboygan community deserves the best, and we’re committed to delivering just that – high-quality, cost-effective care,” said Carrie Killoran, executive vice president of Aurora’s central region, which includes all of Sheboygan County. “We’ve been listening to the community and, with this new site, we hope to have an opportunity to provide state-of-the-art health care in a convenient, central location.”
The site is a 56-acre parcel located north of Union Avenue and west of South Taylor Drive. It abuts the City of Sheboygan and is owned by Kohler Co. Aurora plans to enter into a lease agreement once due diligence on the property is complete.
The $324 million project would result in numerous construction jobs and an expansion of Aurora’s local health care workforce. Aurora expects the facility will open to patients in 2021, replacing the aging Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center.
“We thank the Kohler Co. for making this parcel of land available, and we also look forward to working with the Village of Kohler and City of Sheboygan to help ensure the health care needs of both communities are met for generations to come,” Killoran said.
Aurora further announced plans to make a total contribution of $500,000 to the Sheboygan Area School District.
“We value our collaboration with the SASD and are committed to its needs,” said Dave Graebner, president of Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the district on the best use of these funds, with the goal of making Sheboygan an even greater place to work, live and play.”
Furthermore, Aurora Health Care is also working with the City of Sheboygan to support the Butzen Farm project.