Aurora’s new president comes a full circle
By Jason Arndt
For Catholic Central High School graduate Ania Horner, she couldn’t imagine coming back to the area to become President of Aurora Medical Center-Burlington and Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn, considering the long journey she endured.
Horner, who grew up in Burlington, started her new leadership post on Sept. 6 and replaced a retiring Bob Miller.
“I’m happy to be back where my journey with Advocate Aurora began. What a wonderful, fulfilling journey it’s been, taking me through many rewarding years as a nurse, nurse administrator, and most recently as president of Aurora South Shore,” Horner said. “But I could not be happier to be back ‘home,’ leading the outstanding Burlington and Lakeland medical centers.”
Upon graduating from Catholic Central, she went on to receive both a bachelors of science and masters of science with a focus on health systems leadership from Marquette University.
Horner began with the organization in 1995 as a nurse intern at Aurora Burlington, and progressed as a staff educator, supervisor and then manager of the ICU and Inpatient Rehab Program at Aurora Lakeland in Elkhorn.
In 2012, Horner became the Chief Nursing Officer at Aurora Burlington and interim Chief Nursing Officer at Aurora Lakeland before becoming Vice President of Nursing at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee two years later.
Five years ago, in 2017, she took on the position of Vice President of Nursing and Site Administrator at Aurora St. Luke’s South in Cudahy and eventually took over as President of facility in February 2020.
However, when Miller retired from Aurora Medical Center-Burlington and Aurora Lakeland, Horner knew she wanted to return her roots.
To read the entire story see the Sept. 29 edition of the Burlington Standard Press.