$1,000,000 NEURO-ANATOMY LAB
Thanks to donor generosity, the neurosciences anatomy laboratory at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center opened in May, 2015. The facility is equipped with surgical stations and imaging equipment that replicate a neuro-operating room to enable “mock” surgical procedures on cadaver heads for training and research purposes. New imaging technology allows our scientists to visualize intricate anatomy in the brain that has never been seen before and will lead to the discovery of safe approaches to access deep-seated lesions in the brain without disturbing vital elements. After refining highly accurate neurosurgical techniques in the anatomy lab, Aurora researchers and clinicians will translate them to the operating room, where we strive to make existing surgical procedures more accurate, less invasive and safer for patients.
$200,000 NANOKNIFE TECHNOLOGY
NanoKnife is new-to-Wisconsin technology used to better treat people with inoperable and difficult-to-reach tumors. The NanoKnife is for liver and pancreatic cancer, but ist’s also proven success in prostate, lung, kidney and head/neck tumors. Recents results indicate a median survival of 29 months for pancreatic cancer patients - compared to the historical survival rate of 11 to 13 months.
RESEARCH PROJECT FOR TRANSITIONAL ONCOLOGY
CANCER RESEARCH AWARDS
CARDIO GENOMIC PRECISION MEDICINE
$440,000+ INNOVATIVE COMPASSIONATE CARE
Cancer Nurse Navigators have been funded with an additional $110,000 to support the oncology navigators and over $440,000 has been funded to help guide patients through their cancer care.
Surgical Oncology Fellowship & Head/ Neck Oncology Fellowship funded surgical and neck oncology fellowships
The Aurora Cancer Care Research Award program provides support to scientists conducting advanced research aimed to improve patient outcomes and eradicate cancer through detection, treatment, education and prevention.
The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation has donated more than $180,000 in 2016 for new and continuing projects.
PATIENT EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
NEW CANCER CENTERS
CANCER PROMOTERS TRAINING PROGRAM
CANCER NURSE NAVIGATORS
VLCF HEALING GARDEN
Thanks to the support of individuals, families, corporations and foundations, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center is home to one of the nation’s largest healing gardens. Located on the 8th floor, the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation’s Healing Garden includes an indoor conservatory donated by Agnes and Morland Hamilton, over 100 different plant varieties, multiple sculptures and a view overlooking downtown Milwaukee, Miller Park and Lake Michigan.
The outdoor garden features a labyrinth for patients, family members and caregivers to use as a form of meditation. Pathways are wheel chair and hospital bed accessible. Healing gardens are recognized as an asset for health care facilities. As part of the healing process, they contribute to the overall quality of the health care. Clinical studies have shown that viewing nature produces positive changes in a patient’s blood pressure, heart activity, muscle tension and brain activity.