Aurora Health Care Foundation receives $1 million gift

Special to The Freeman

Nov. 6, 2014

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee residents Tim and Vivian Sullivan have made a $1 million contribution to support cardiovascular research and fellowship programs at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, according to an announcement from the Aurora Health Care Foundation on Thursday.

“Aurora Health Care Foundation is grateful for the generous gift from Tim and Vivian Sullivan that will allow us to help build upon our nationally recognized cardiovascular research programs,” said Nick Turkal, MD, president and CEO of Aurora Health Care, in a statement. “The Sullivan’s donation will also help us further expand the work being done through our cardiac fellowship program at Aurora St. Luke’s, transforming it into one of the premier programs of its kind.”

The Sullivans’ donation is earmarked to support work spearheaded by Tanvir Bajwa, MD, an interventional cardiologist who leads Aurora’s cardiology fellowship program and numerous cardiac research studies, according to the announcement.

“Tim and I are so pleased to see the world-class cardiac care and research happening at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and hope that our gift shines a light on the amazing work being done there,” said Vivian Sullivan. “We are proud to help support Aurora St. Luke’s cutting-edge cardiovascular research initiatives, and are hopeful that this might spur additional support from others in the community.”

Aurora Research Institute has created an award program to recognize cardiac fellows, named the Sullivan Cardiac Research Award for Residents and Fellows.

Since 2010, Tim Sullivan has been a member of the Aurora Health Care Board of Directors. He is the former president and CEO of Bucyrus International and current CEO of Allied Specialty Vehicles, Inc.