Nurse: Karen Bialas

Health Care Heroes

Karen Bialas

Karen Bialas
Director of nursing
Aurora Medical Center in Washington County

Karen Bialas
Karen Bialas

Karen Bialas has been a valuable member of the region’s nursing community for more than two decades. Today, Bialas is a respected voice among nursing leaders at Aurora Health Care through her role as director of nursing at Aurora Medical Center in Washington County.

She is committed to the system’s principle of shared governance and is focused on delivering the very best care to her patients

“I count on her voice, experience and enthusiasm every day,” said Terry Kabitzke-Groth, vice president of nursing at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

Bialas serves as a preceptor for new managers, and Aurora’s commitment to quality patient care is at the center of everything she does. Bialas helps them learn the ropes and does so with patience and wisdom, Kabitzke-Groth said.

“She takes the time to be sure each new manager walks away with the core knowledge and skills he or she will need to do great work,” she said.

Despite being the director of nursing, Bialas can often be found in patients’ rooms, helping out the nurses on her staff.

She has led Aurora’s service commitment to be kind, respectful and courteous, and if she’s in charge of a project, you know it’s going to be quality, Kabitzke-Groth said.

“Karen is respected and trusted by the nursing staff, by her leadership peers and by the doctors she works with,” Kabitzke-Groth added. “She is her own brand. She makes the hospital come alive with her effort, her engagement and her dedication.”

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