The entire Advocate Aurora Health family is saddened by the loss of Joe Bartolotta.
President and CEO Nick Turkal, MD, shared the following upon hearing this news, “Joe was a tremendous colleague and friend. He understood how to make a difference for Milwaukee, and how to make a difference in people’s lives. My sympathies to Jennifer and the entire Bartolotta family in this great loss. Joe, we will miss you so much.”
Joe loved Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and was a vocal champion for its extensive expertise. In particular, physicians such as Dr. Bijoy Khandheria, Dr. Ajay Sahajpal and Dr. Jeffrey Steers have been more than caregivers to Joe. Their relationship with him was defined outside of the exam room with shared moments that were about living, making a difference and looking to the future.
In return for the love Joe felt for his many caregivers, he dedicated significant personal time and generous contributions to advance our mission.
In 2013, Joe and Jennifer Bartolotta chaired the Aurora Health Care Gala, “Imagine The Future,” and encouraged our entire community to make health care a priority. After having his own experience with a kidney transplant, Joe actively promoted the benefits of living donor transplant and further supported the annual Celebration of Life event to mark milestones of Aurora transplant survivors.
Joe used his extensive business knowledge and community contacts to spread the word about living healthy. He shared that a “meal is a catalyst that brings people together.” Joe loved having discussions and igniting ideas that changed the lives of countless people who seek out Aurora Health Care.
Cristy Garcia-Thomas, Chief External Affairs Officer, shared many of these conversations with Joe noting, “He had a bigger than life personality. He was able to connect with every person he met on an individual basis. His ability to connect with people and bring people together was extraordinary. He was a champion for Milwaukee and he is a friend that will be dearly missed."
Joe characterized his medical services as a “five-star experience.” Joe, you made this reality happen by making us all better and wanting the best for each other.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to Jennifer Bartolotta, the entire Bartolotta family and the numerous employees of Bartolotta restaurants. Joe’s spirit and drive will never be lost by us.