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ThedaCare announces $100M investment to modernize ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah

Posted at 5:10 PM, Oct 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-25 18:11:05-04

NEENAH (NBC 26) — The ThedaCare Board of Trustees, along with support from the ThedaCare Foundation-Neenah, has approved a $100 million investment to allow ThedaCare to enhance and expand services at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah.

“We are incredibly proud of ThedaCare’s deeply-rooted legacy in the community, and look forward to opportunities to enhance and expand care through this investment,” said Dr. Imran A. Andrabi, president and CEO of ThedaCare. “Our teams are dedicated to making care easy and accessible, helping our patients achieve better health for life.”

The architectural design of enhancements is aimed to improve capacity and create operational efficiency with more efficient work areas for health care teams. The design was created in partnership with physicians, clinicians and staff.

Highlights of the transformation include:
• Expanding and redesigning the Emergency Department, creating additional care space. The 20 exam rooms will include specialized rooms for trauma and behavioral health patients.

• Creating an additional ThedaStar Air Medical Program Helipad adjacent to the Emergency Department for rapid transfer of patients.

• Enhancing specialized space to care for stroke patients to continue a coordinated response as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, a designation given to those hospitals that have specific abilities to care for the most complex stroke cases.

• Updating operating rooms to include advanced robotic surgical equipment and creating four dedicated robotics suites.

• Updating the Family Birth Center.

• Creating a new environment for the Women’s Center, which includes mammography, diagnostics and imaging, and bone density testing.

• Improving and expanding access for Behavioral Health services by redesigning the inpatient space and reintroducing the Day Treatment program to the hospital.

• Creating “Main Street”, where key diagnostic outpatient services will be located on the first floor of the hospital to ensure easier patient access.

“The vast updates to the physical space at the Neenah campus will benefit the entire ThedaCare system, making our teams stronger together,” Andrabi said. “ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah will continue to serve as our anchor hospital for critical care with services such as the Level II Trauma Center, certified Comprehensive Stroke Center and emergency care located at the campus. The enhancements will advance coordinated care throughout our service area, including our critical access hospitals, giving patients greater access to innovative and specialized care, as close to home as possible.”

Construction is planned to begin in January 2022, and the modernization is expected to be complete in fall 2023. The project will create the equivalent of approximately 200 construction jobs.

A significant portion of the update at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah will include the creation of space to house a Graduate Medical Education Program, which will provide formal medical education and training for Medical Doctors and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine. GMEs are commonly referred to as residencies or fellowships.

Once complete, ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah will be the first hospital in Northeast Wisconsin to offer an accredited GME program outside of Milwaukee and Madison.