50 Most Influential Physician Executives – 2017
President/CEO, Aurora Health Care
Dr. Nick Turkal has served as president and CEO of Aurora Health Care, one of Wisconsin's largest integrated health systems, since 2006. Turkal has held other leadership positions during his nearly 30 years with Aurora, including senior vice president and chief medical officer of the system and president of its metro region, overseeing operations in the greater Milwaukee area. During his time as CEO, he has led a shift toward a staff culture focused on purpose in their work and centered on patients. Under Turkal's leadership, Aurora has slowed the rate of cost increases and achieved quality and standardization of quality, making a marked difference in the overall value of care.