Ed Harding, president of Aurora Medical Center - Bay Area recently accepted the Community Leadership Award from The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNBT). Now in its second year, this award highlights one of SNBT’s Core Values: Community Leadership, and will be given annually to a person, a business, or a non-profit organization.

The Community Leadership Award was presented to Harding and the team at Aurora Medical Center - Bay Area at a small ceremony on Monday, January 4.

“When the time came to decide who should receive the Community Leadership Award, it was a very tough decision. There isn’t one entity who hasn’t felt the impact of the pandemic,” said Daniel J. Peterson, SNBT President & CEO. “But, we unanimously decided that it should go to the essential healthcare professionals, and who better to accept the award than Aurora Medical Center - Bay Area. For decades, they have been a real leader in the community and now amidst the turmoil of the COVID-19 the essential workers in the healthcare field have been on the front lines.”

There are a number of other reasons that made Aurora Medical Center - Bay Area the recipient of this award: they have shown their long-term commitment to our community by building a state-of-the-art medical facility, the formation of Provident Health Foundation of Marinette/ Menominee, Inc. will benefit our community in myriad ways, and of course, their staff has always been a familiar face volunteering at community events.

“This is an honor to receive this award,” stated Harding. “On behalf of the entire Aurora Medical Center – Bay Area team, thank you. We are here to help the community and it’s humbling to know the community is thankful, especially through the pandemic.”

The award will be placed on display at the medical facility and is a miniature replica of the sculpture “Eye of the Storm” created by local artist Rusty Wolfe and erected on the SNBT Marinette Campus. Wolfe and Kim Brooks received last year’s inaugural award from SNBT for their leadership in the public art movement.