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Showing support for health care workers during this time

Posted at 4:51 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 18:27:19-04

APPLETON, Wis. (NBC 26) -- This can be a stressful time, especially for health care workers. ThedaCare has nurse rejuvenation stations set up at its hospitals to make sure its team members are taking care of their mental and physical health.

The rejuvenation stations are rooms where people are able to rest, eat, read, and take some time for themselves.

"It's something that we started in the midst of the coronavirus in realizing that people are spending long hours at the facility providing patient care," said Jackie Anhalt, the ThedaCare Chief Nursing Officer.

She added this allows staff to step away and take a moment for themselves to recharge. Some are visiting the stations before or after shifts, while others are taking a moment to visit the rejuvenation stations during breaks. Anhalt said they even have pillows and blankets in case someone needed a quick power-nap before heading back to work, knowing how important personal self-care is.

Laura Anklam, an RN at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton said the support means a lot.

"It's a very simple idea just to have little stations and books and snacks and water available, but we are finding so much that it's the thought that counts," added Anklam.

The stations are set up at many ThedaCare hospitals, including ThedaCare Regional Medical Centers-Appleton and Neenah and in the Critical Access Hospitals.

The items in the rejuvenation stations come from a variety of places including ThedaCare Family of Foundations.

If you would like to donate something to the rejuvenation stations, you can contact the Foundation office at or by calling 920-738-6503.