Aurora Health Care welcomes global patients


Over the years, Aurora Health Care has been expanding their ground throughout the state of Wisconsin, with hospitals in Elkhorn and Sheboygan, and at the same time, have been expanding their reach globally.

The Global Executive Program has been expanding the international reach of the Aurora brand.

BizTimes Milwaukee reports:

It’s late summer in Milwaukee. South 27th Street is slick after a morning rain shower and Dinesh Jhunjhnuwala (Jhun-jhun-wala), vice chairman of S. Chand & Co., one of India’s largest and oldest publishing companies, sits behind a table in the physician office building at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Weather reports say it’s been raining nearly 7,400 miles away in New Delhi, too. That’s where Jhunjhnuwala lives. He wears thick-rimmed black glasses, a maroon Hugo Boss polo shirt, a silver watch with a leather band strapped around his left wrist. His black mustache has a few patches of gray.

In two days, he will turn 56.

“In India, you have fantastic physicians, and lately they’ve built a lot of new and nice, modern hospitals,” he says. “But somehow, I don’t know. There’s something lacking there.”

The Milwaukee metropolitan area is one-sixteenth the size of the New Delhi metro area. Before he bought his first plane ticket to General Mitchell International Airport in 2009, Jhunjhnuwala said he wouldn’t have been able to find Milwaukee on a map. But now, it’s a place he, his family and a growing network of friends and business associates have been traveling to frequently for medical care.

They’re not alone.

This year, some 200 patients from around the world, many of them wealthy executives from Hong Kong, India, Italy, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, will travel to St. Luke’s for check-ups, tests and diagnoses. That’s up from 45 foreign patients in 2012.

There were zero in 2008.

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