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Aurora Health Care Sponsors Education Event to Improve Care for the Elderly
Date:7/14/2009

patient being able think clearly or showing signs of delirium," Roth says. "This is a very small example of what ACE is all about."

The Freemasons of Wisconsin have had a long relationship with Aurora Sinai Medical Center and its predecessors, including charitable support of the ACE Unit, which has impacted many people in the Masonic community and the greater Southeastern Wisconsin community at large.

The Masonic commitment began with a $1.5 million donation to create the Masonic Diagnostic Center, which has evolved into support of the ACE of Hearts program at Aurora Sinai through a $650,000 donation in January 2006.

The Masonic Diagnostic Center was made possible with a $30 assessment of each member of the Wisconsin Masons over three years. Over time, it became apparent that funding for the diagnostic center model might be better used in other health care areas such as improving care for older adults. Since then the Masons have helped support Aurora's efforts to applying Acute Care for the Elderly concepts to heart care and other areas. Acute Care for the Elderly, or ACE, is a health care model that was developed in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. The ACE program at Aurora Sinai Medical Center opened in September 2000 and has become a model for other hospitals throughout Aurora.

Three Pillars Senior Living Communities continue their relationship with the Aurora Sinai ACE Program through community screenings and health-based events, such as the Masonic Home Picnic, August 2, in Dousman, as well as planned programs to support program awareness among campus residents and the local community as well.

The partnership with the Wisconsin Masons has been instrumental in Acute Care for Elders in Wisconsin, Dr. Malone says.

"They were initial partners in the development of Wisconsin's first ACE unit at Aurora Sinai Medical Center," he says. "Each time
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