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From Brick Farmhouse to Hospital on a Hill

In the early 1860s, a large farmhouse situated on a hill was converted  to a hospital. The Lutheran Deaconesses began practicing their faith,  which meant caring for the medical needs of Milwaukee’s poor. Donations supported their efforts.

For many years, the facility served the community well, but priorities began to shift. As technology, health care financing, and neighborhood demographics advanced, and hospital services moved to the Aurora Health Care’s Sinai campus a few blocks away, six large buildings were left vacant.

Health Care Returns to the Hill

Non-profit City on a Hill became a reality in December 2000, thanks to a local ministry, a national relief organization, and a gift of property from Aurora Health Care. In 2001, two local nursing professionals launched a monthly health outreach that is still going strong today. The original
mission prevails – serve people's medical needs as an expression of faith.

In September, 2016, City on a Hill held a ribbon cutting for the newly renovated clinic space. A generous grant from the Aurora Health Care Better Together Fund and a large donation of equipment helped us create this state-of-the-art clinic featuring five private rooms plus a beautiful waiting room with a children’s play area. Uninsured residents on the near west side can now utilize City on a Hill as their new “medical home.”