Aurora celebrates surgery milestone
Cardiothoracic team performs 1,000th procedure

News Graphic Staff

Aug. 4, 2015

GRAFTON — Aurora Medical Center in Grafton celebrated a significant milestone this July when its cardiothoracic team performed their 1,000th operation, highlighting the hospital’s growth as a cardiac and thoracic health care destination, a news release said.

The milestone includes 500 open heart surgeries and 500 thoracic surgeries performed by the team since 2011. Dr. William Tisol, a board certified thoracic surgeon, and Dr. Frank Downey, a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon, led the efforts.

“The cardiothoracic surgery team in Grafton continues to grow and meet the needs of patients throughout the region,” said Dr. Tisol. “Reaching this milestone of 1,000 total surgeries is a testament to the high-quality of care the team provides each and every day.”

The need for expanded cardiothoracic care continues to grow in the region. Aurora offers a full array of cardiac and thoracic services at the Grafton facility including evaluation of heart valve and aortic disease as well as multi-disciplinary clinics for lung and esophageal cancer.

Such advancements in cardiothoracic care mean more people are finding the care they need, and finding it close to home.

“Aurora Medical Center in Grafton has provided an entry point into the Aurora system for patients from Ozaukee, Washington, Dodge and Sheboygan counties to receive state-of-the-art cardiac and thoracic surgical care.” said Dr. Downey.

To celebrate the milestone, the cardiothoracic surgery team hosted a reception for caregivers at the hospital on Thursday.

Diseases of the heart, lungs and esophagus continue to be major causes of death in the United States. Early diagnosis and treatment improves survival.

The residents of Ozaukee County can be proud of the cardiothoracic surgical services provided by Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, the news release said.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, the news release said.

Aurora is Wisconsin’s most comprehensive health care provider and the state’s largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers.