Nick W. Turkal, MD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Health Care, a not-for-profit health care provider dedicated to helping people live well. As one of the country’s most comprehensive integrated health care systems, Aurora is a recognized national leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora provides care across the continuum, consisting of more than 1500 employed physicians, two tertiary-care centers, twelve community hospitals, one mental health inpatient facility, 159 clinics, 70 retail pharmacies, the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association, Aurora Family Service and ACL Laboratory. Aurora’s long-term strategy continues to focus on providing the highest quality care, delivered across the continuum, in a patient centered manner.
Dr. Turkal is on the American Hospital Association Governing Council for Health Care Systems and is a past Chair of the Wisconsin Hospital Association Board. He was also on the Board of Premier and the Greater Milwaukee Committee.
Dr. Turkal’s background includes rural private practice prior to 1987, when he entered the academic arena. With the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Dr. Turkal served as a Clinician Educator, Residency Director (1990-1994), Department Chair (1994-1996), and Associate Dean for the Milwaukee Campus (1996-2000). He was jointly employed by University of Wisconsin Medical School and Aurora Health Care as Associate Dean/VP of Academic Affairs prior to serving as CMO. From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Turkal served as Aurora’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, focusing on care management, quality, patient safety, academics, risk management, and research. Immediately prior to his role as CEO, Dr. Turkal served as Aurora’s Metro Region President.
Dr. Turkal graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1982, followed by a residency in Family Medicine. He continues to be Board Certified in Family Practice and holds memberships in a number of professional organizations, including ACPE, AMA, ACHE and AAFP. Dr. Turkal is the recipient of a number of teaching awards.
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora was established in 1984 and currently offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora offers inpatient care at 15 hospitals and 159 clinics. Aurora’s programs also include some of the nation’s most respected cardiac, cancer, neuroscience and women’s health programs. Aurora, in partnership with the UW Medical School, operates community clinics in the Milwaukee area, most of them in under-served neighborhoods. The clinics emphasize prevention and wellness while providing a wide range of primary care. Aurora’s community outreach efforts also include an extensive parish nursing program that serves many congregations and other social service agencies.
11:15 – 12:00 noon . . . Networking
12:00 noon – 12:30 PM . . . Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM . . . Keynote
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI
Cream City Foundation is honored to work with the following corporations and community organizations who are members of the Southeast Wisconsin LGBT Employee Resource Group Best Practices Collaborative:
BMO Harris Bank
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Marquette University, Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Quarles & Brady LLP
ARCW Pharmacy, Associated Bank, Aurora Health Care, Fair Wisconsin, Froedtert Health, Marcus Center, Northwestern Mutual, PNC Wealth Management, Robert W. Baird & Co., Rockwell Automation, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, We Energies
Independence First, Milwaukee LGBT Center, Visit Milwaukee, Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce