Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, and Summit, Wis., sued the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors, contending that the board illegally rejected Aurora's proposal for an $85 million hospital in Summit.
The suit in Waukesha County Circuit Court seeks to overturn the board's 21-11 vote against allowing the town of Summit to alter its land-use plan to allow an 88-bed hospital to be built. Aurora, a 13-hospital system, and Summit contend that the county board voted against the project to protect two-hospital ProHealth Care, Pewaukee, Wis., from competition.
Tom Farley, corporation counsel for Waukesha County, said he had not finished reviewing the suit and declined to comment. ProHealth spokeswoman Sandra Peterson defended the board's decision and said ProHealth's lobbying and advertising against Aurora's expansion was "part of the democratic process."