Would You Know What to Do if You Faced a Medical Emergency?

Often times, no. And the time that lapses between a 911 call and when Emergency Medical Services (EMS) typically arrives is critical to the health and outcome of the patient.

Nearly 80% of Ozaukee and Sheboygan Counties’ EMS responders are volunteers or paid-on-call, and a vast majority of the counties are rural. As a result, it takes an average of 5-10 minutes for a first responder to arrive to an emergency in these counties — sometimes double the national average.

That’s why Aurora Health Care Foundation launched When Minutes Matter, a $650,000 campaign that aims to improve the infrastructure and emergency medical training in order to empower more people in the community with lifesaving tools, when minutes  even seconds count.

Why When Minutes Matter is So Important


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There are many ways you can get involved!

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Dr. Zils

Life In and Out of the ER

Hear from Dr. Steven Zils - News Graphic (May 27, 2015) 

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EMS Operators

Best Cardiac Arrest Survival

Why King County, WA, has “best survival rate in the world.”

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What your gift can do:

Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) 

This software helps provides resources to emergency dispatchers so they can give 911 callers quality instructions while they wait for help to arrive.

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EMS Support Vehicle 

Marked emergency transportation vehicle for EMS medical leaders to use when providing on-scene, physician-led responses for the most severely injured/ill situations.

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Expand CPR & AED Trainings 

Offer more local Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) trainings free of charge.

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Purchase new AED Devices

At least five new devices will be purchased to place in public spaces in Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties over the next three years.

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New SimBaby and Training

A computerized infant “patient” simulator will provide continued training with volunteer EMS responders, strengthening skills and confidence.

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Partnered with:

Thanks to Our Supporting Sponsors and Partners:

  • ACUITY Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Aldag-Honold Mechanical, Inc.
  • Anonymous
  • Aurora Medical Center in Grafton
  • Aurora Medical Center in Grafton Medical Staff
  • Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center Medical Staff
  • Bank First National - Sheboygan
  • Dr. and Mrs. Rommel O. Bote
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jan DeRoos
  • Hometown Heros, Inc.
  • Humana - Waukesha
  • Carrie and Grant Killoran
  • Lifestar Emergency Medical Services
  • Masters Gallery Foods, Inc.
  • Mr. Ed McKelvey
  • Dr. and Mrs. Dharmesh Murthy
  • Old Wisconsin Sausage Company
  • Dr. and Mrs. Rajeev Seth
  • Shully's Cuisine
  • Steven Zils, MD

For more information about When Minutes Matter, contact Sara Alger (262) 329-1072 or sara.alger@aurora.org.