"RACINE — Seven Aurora Health Care primary care physicians at Racine area clinics will soon no longer voluntarily admit patients to Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints hospital.
"Instead, in the future those doctors, who have more than 11,000 patients combined, will send them to either of two Aurora hospitals — one in southwestern Kenosha and one in Cudahy.
"Aurora spokesman Adam Beeson said Wednesday the change in policy will likely take effect in about 90 days."
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My mother and I share one of those Aurora doctors. We received letters today informing us of the change in policy. They've been pushing patients toward the Kenosha Aurora facilities for some time now. What a shame it is that we have just one hospital in Racine. The only time that mom gets admitted to the hospital anymore is through the Emergency Room. I have some surgery coming up, and I was wondering if they would do it at Wheaton. Now I know.
When our doctor left All Saints years ago, he was part of small band of doctors who left because they were unhappy with All Saints. None of them could practice in Racine for a year. Mom and I followed our doctor to Aurora in Oak Creek, and that's how we became affiliated with Aurora. I remember our doctor shaking my hand the first time I saw him in Oak Creek. He thanked me for my loyalty. He was back in Racine after a year and we stayed with him. Fifteen years later and now this. I know that mom will never make it to Kenosha, but now I'm wondering if I should stick with my doctor or switch to a Wheaton one. Kenosha is not that far, but it's far enough.
They once wanted me to do a urine flow test in Kenosha. They want you to arrive with your bladder bursting, but don't pee until they tell you to. How was I supposed to drive to Kenosha like that? I knew then that something like this was up. I just saw my doctor last week for a regular check-up. Some tests are scheduled in three weeks. I may see him after that. I'll play it by ear for now.