Opportunities & Challenges with New Hospital Construction  

Join us for a unique conversation about the dos and don’ts of a new hospital construction. Advocate Aurora Health recently completed construction and opened a replacement hospital in Sheboygan WI. This state-of-the-art new campus replaces a building that has been serving the community for over 100 years. The replacement hospital, Aurora Medical Center Sheboygan County, serves the community of all of Sheboygan County in rural WI for vital services including trauma, ED, OB, and Behavioral Health in addition to state-of-the-art surgical procedures and general admissions. Through the construction of this new building, the Food and Nutrition Services team was forced to dissect their entire operation to best understand the needs of their patient populations and how to best serve them, while also driving revenue and removing health inequities across the community. This conversation will be an intimate review of the process of this replacement hospital from design, review, construction, and opening and how another healthcare institution can position itself for success during an extremely challenging time.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Understand key design traits to maximize space and function, and to create an efficient working space for your team. 
  2. Learn what challenges can come up at different stages throughout construction and how those barriers can shape operational decisions. 
  3. Better understand the move transition - transitioning from an existing facility to a replacement facility and how to prepare and manage expectations. 
  4. Learn about lessons learned and opportunities identified after the implementation stage. 
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  • Duration:  1 hour 
  • Accreditation: 1.0 CEU - AND (through 9/21/2023) ANFP (through 12/31/2024)
  • Type: Monthly Webinar
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Course Activities


Joe Ninneman
Advocate Aurora Health
Joe Ninnemann brings dynamic leadership in order to maximize Food Service operations in an effort to provide the highest quality food service to all patients and customers in the community. With nearly 24 years of Food Service industry experience, spanning both restaurant/hospitality and health care food service, Joe brings a comprehensive approach to all levels of Food and Nutrition operations. Joe uses his experience from all levels of a food service operation, to connect with employees and further drive engagement. Joe’s education with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Economics, also provides him the opportunity to objectively evaluate operations to drive financial results at a site and enterprise level. Joe is currently the Regional Director of System Food & Nutrition Services for Advocate Aurora Health, supporting North & Central WI; and also serves as the Program Coordinator for the Culinary Apprenticeship Program.

Joe is currently the AHF WI Chapter President and has served on the AHF WI Chapter Board of Directors for the past 3 years, as well as the National AHF Education Committee in 2021 and 2022. Joe recently was awarded the 2022 National AHF Spotlight Award at National conference in Scottsdale, AZ