Aurora receives $1 million donation for wellness program pilot

Special to The Freeman

Feb. 26, 2015

MILWAUKEE — Aurora Health Care Foundation announced Thursday it will receive a $1 million donation from local businesswomen Nan Gardetto to create an innovative integrative medicine program that aims to help people better manage and prevent chronic health issues.

The new Lifestyle Initiative is expected to begin in a few months at 16 Aurora Health Care clinics in southeastern Wisconsin.

“Visionary donors like Nan Gardetto allow Aurora Health Care to explore innovative, effective ways of providing care, so that more people who face serious health issues have better tools to manage their health — physically, mentally and spiritually,” said Nick Turkal MD, president and CEO of Aurora Health Care, in a statement.

The Lifestyle Initiative will study the effect of integrative medicine in primary care plans on individuals prone to developing or currently managing chronic health issues, according to the announcement.

“This commitment to integrative medicine aims to help people lead their best, healthiest lives, while creating a sustainable, expandable care delivery model,” said Gardetto, who also serves on the Aurora Health Care Board of Directors, in a statement.

For more information on Aurora Health Care's Integrative Medicine program, visit