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Aurora Saluted for Hiring Workers With Disabilities

Saturday, October 25, 2008 General News J E 4
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SHEBOYGAN, Wis., Oct. 24 RCS Empowers, Division ofVocational Rehabilitation and HearthStone of Wisconsin today praised AuroraHealth Care in Sheboygan County for its exemplary record in hiring people withdisabilities. Aurora received the Exemplary Employer Award from DVRAdministrator Dr. Charlene Dwyer at this year's Employer Recognition AwardLuncheon in Kohler on October 23, 2008.

The RCS, DVR and Hearthstone give the award to the employer that isrecognized as not only hiring people with disabilities as employees, butworking with the community to ensure that these people are viable citizens ofour community.

"The Exemplary Employer Award is given to only one employer in thecounty," said Craig McFadden, RCS Employment Services, "It says that in theentire county this employer goes above and beyond and makes a difference whenlooking at their hiring practices and accommodating people with disabilitiesinto the workplace."

Aurora Health Care has a proven record, as not-for-profit, health careorganization across northeast Wisconsin, for hiring practices that empower itsemployees and the surrounding communities.

"Aurora exemplifies the kind of company that truly gives back to thecommunity," said McFadden. " RCS appreciates the commitment of Aurora to notonly the business and health community, but to the improvement of thecommunity as a whole."

Along with a track-record of hiring people with disabilities, Aurora inSheboygan also partners with local high schools to give kids with disabilitiesa chance to learn job skills they may never learn anywhere else. The studentsare placed in jobs at the hospital during the semester. Some of the studentshave been hired after completion of the program.

"Aurora truly believes we can make a difference in the lives of peoplewith disabilities," said Carla LaFever, director of human resources for AuroraSheboygan Memorial Medical Center. "This award really celebrates people withabilities. Our goal is to work to help all individuals gain meaningfulemployment. People with disabilities have so much to offer, and it's importantto find ways to use their talents."

Randy Roeper, vice president of Corporate Affairs for Aurora's CentralRegion, sees hiring practices as a core ingredient to meeting Aurora's goal offinding better ways.

"At Aurora Health Care, we're continually looking at ways to meet thechanging needs of our employees, volunteers, patients and communities," saidRoeper. "We were created around a single idea -- 'There is a better way toprovide health care.' We continually focus on how to give people betteraccess, better service, and better results than they can get anywhere else.It's all about working together to find a better way ... and one 'better way'is to help those with disabilities in our local communities."

About Aurora Health Care

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider anda national leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Auroraoffers care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

About RCS Empowers

RCS Empowers (formerly the Rehabilitation Center of Sheboygan) has beenhelping people with disabilities for over 50 years. RCS Employment Servicesworks closely with area employers and the Division of VocationalRehabilitation to find mutually beneficial employment opportunities forindividuals with disabilities.

About HearthStone of Wisconsin

HearthStone of Wisconsin is a self-help and advocacy non-profit, volunteerorganization dedicated to supporting people with disabilities and theirfamilies. HearthStone recognizes successful employment as the foundation forhelping people with disabilities live lives of independence and fulfillment inour communities.

About the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Division of VocationalRehabilitation provides employment services and counseling to people withdisabilities and arranges for services to enable an individual to go to work.It also provides training and technical assistance to employers regardingdisability employment issues.

SOURCE Aurora Health Care
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