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Aurora Completes $40 Million Sale Leasback of Two Medical Office Buildings in Milwaukee

JSOnline - May 29, 2009

Aurora Health Care Inc. has sold two more medical office buildings to Santa Ana, Calif.-based Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT Inc. for just over $40 million, a move that raises additional cash for Wisconsin's largest health care provider.

An investors group affiliated with the real estate investment trust bought a 62,991-square-foot Aurora facility, at 3111 W. Rawson Ave., Franklin, for $19.8 million, according to documents filed with the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds.

The group also bought a 66,638-square-foot facility, at 12203 N. Corporate Parkway, Mequon, for $20.9 million, according to the Ozaukee County Register of Deeds.

In March, Aurora sold four other Milwaukee-area medical office buildings to Grubb & Ellis Healthcare, which is leasing the facilities back to Aurora. Those buildings, totaling 185,000 square feet, sold for around $34 million.

The sales are generating cash for Aurora, which is building two hospitals, in Grafton and Summit, costing $373 million, and which has been cutting back on expenses. Aurora has done sale-leaseback transactions on its facilities for several years, said spokesman Ron Irwin.

Aurora acquired the Franklin outpatient surgery center in December 2008, when it bought a stake in Associated Surgical and Medical Specialists, Irwin said.

The Mequon building, which houses doctors' offices, was acquired in January 2008 through Aurora's purchase of Advanced Health Care, Irwin said. Sphere: Related Content

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