Aurora to build outpatient surgery center and medical office building in Sheboygan

Special to The Freeman

Feb. 10, 2015

SHEBOYGAN — A partnership between Aurora Health Care, the Sheboygan Area School District and the city of Sheboygan will have a sizable effect on the community.

The proposal announced Monday calls for a new outpatient surgery center and medical office building in Sheboygan, as well as the construction of upgraded fields for baseball, soccer and football. Aurora will make a total investment of $86.4 million in Sheboygan, including $5 million toward the development and upgrade of the recreation facilities being relocated, according to the announcement.

The outpatient surgery center and medical office building will be constructed at Taylor Drive and Saemann Avenue. All of the sports fields from the Sheboygan Area School District Field of Dreams will be relocated and upgraded at new sites, according to the announcement.

The Butzen Farm property, which was previously donated to the city for recreational use, will be developed as a 54-acre youth sports complex with soccer fields being relocated from the SASD Field of Dream property.
Aurora reported that the new medical building may generate more than $200,000 in annual property taxes and will create skilled jobs.

“Aurora is dedicated to the health and wellness of this community and we are excited to invest in the future of Sheboygan,” said Dave Graebner, president of Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, in a statement. “Our medical campus has been operating at capacity for many years. This multi-faceted proposal will expand patient access to high-quality health care and have a significant positive impact on Sheboygan.”

The community gardens will also be relocated from its site at Taylor Street and Saemann Avenue to a property next to Optimist Park.

“This is great news for the city of Sheboygan and the future generations of our community,” said Don Hammond, president of the Sheboygan Common Council. “Today’s proposal is an example of dedicated community partners working together to find creative solutions and long-term benefits for our city.”

Pending approvals, construction will begin this summer.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.