NEENAH, Wis. – For over a century, ThedaCare has proudly provided care to individuals and families in Northeastern and Central Wisconsin. In October 2021, system leaders announced a major project, a $100 million investment to modernize the ThedaCare-Neenah Regional Medical Center campus, while improving and expanding services. the inspired past; A healthier future the modernization will transform healthcare for everyone who lives in the area and allow ThedaCare to continue its commitment to keeping care local.
ThedaCare is pleased to celebrate the grand opening of its Emergency Department to expand, redesign and create additional care space.
“This milestone in investment in ThedaCare-Neenah Regional Medical Center comes as our healthcare system reinvents healthcare,” said Imran A. Andrabi, MD, President and CEO of ThedaCare. “ThedaCare prides itself on being a proactive partner in healthcare, enriching everyone’s life and creating value in everything we do. Through investments like this, at our flagship hospital in Neenah, we can continue to prepare and meet the needs of the communities we serve, keeping our patients and families safe and healthy, now and in the future.
Improvements to the Emergency Department (ED) at ThedaCare-Neenah Regional Medical Center will advance coordinated care across the ThedaCare Service Area, including critical access hospitals, providing patients with better access to innovative and specialized care . The project’s advancements will be welcome additions to the campus which currently provides critical care services, such as the region’s only Level II trauma center, certified stroke center and emergency department.
Coordinated emergency care during construction
The inauguration of the works highlights the first major phase of construction. Teams will work to expand the emergency room, doubling the current care space. When complete, there will be 20 exam rooms, including specialized trauma and behavioral health rooms, with the latest technology, equipment and spaces to provide patients with the best care experience.
To ensure the ability to adapt quickly and plan for future healthcare needs, the design plan also includes an increased number of negative pressure rooms, also known as isolation rooms, which provide a safe space for care for people with an infectious disease.
The layout of the emergency department focuses on patient safety and quality of care. The care team workstation will be located in the center of the area, with care rooms around the perimeter, providing teams with a direct line of sight into every room. Through the commitment to understanding the unique needs of the communities served, leaders recognized the growing demand for behavioral health support in the emergency department. The new space includes designated rooms for behavioral health services, with patient and team member safety in mind.
Current services, including emergency care, will remain open during the construction process. “Our patients and their families were our priority when we planned our intentional building phases, allowing them to continue to have easy access to essential services,” said Lynn Detterman, senior vice president of ThedaCare South Region. “We appreciate the community’s understanding as we work to build the Neenah campus. Our team members are committed to helping patients and visitors manage the changes they may experience during this time.
Additionally, during this construction phase, the ThedaStar Air Medical Program heliport will be relocated to be adjacent to the entrance to the emergency department. The move will allow patients to be quickly transferred to trauma services as soon as they arrive, when time is critical. There will also be a separate hallway for trauma patients, allowing them the privacy and dignity they deserve.
Modernization made possible thanks to the generosity of the community
Improvements to Improve Patient Experience at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-
Neenah was funded in part by generous donors who support ThedaCare Foundation-Neenah. Donors have already graciously donated over $15 million to date and continue to work with our community to provide everyone with the opportunity to invest in this historic campaign.
“We have a rich history of compassionate care for people in this community, and we are extremely fortunate to have caring and generous community members who support our health and wellness mission,” Dr. Andrabi said. “This project was made possible in part by their kind donations, and we are grateful to them for joining us in building a healthier future for all.”
Inauguration linked to the overall modernization
The design of the improvements aims to reduce costs, improve capacity, create sustained operational efficiency with more efficient work areas for healthcare teams, and ultimately deliver an exceptional patient experience. The design was created in partnership with physicians, clinicians and staff.
Other modernization highlights include:
- Improve the specialized space to care for stroke patients as the only comprehensive stroke center in the region, a designation given to hospitals that have specific capabilities to care for the most complex stroke cases.
- Updated operating rooms to include advanced robotic surgical equipment and created four dedicated robotic suites to support better patient outcomes and develop an exceptional teaching environment as leaders in robotic surgery.
- Modernization of the Family Birth Home, allowing families to welcome the little ones into the world in a modern, comfortable and soothing environment.
- Creation of a new environment for the Women’s Center, which includes mammography, diagnostic and imaging, and bone density testing. The space will establish a comfortable space where women can feel confident in their personalized and proactive healthcare decisions.
- Improve and expand access to behavioral health services by redesigning the hospitalization space.
- Creation of the “main street”, where the main ambulatory diagnostic services will be located on the first floor of the hospital to ensure easier access for patients.
- Design of a new dining room on the ground floor for the comfort of visitors and team members.
Inside the hospital, some offices and services have been relocated in order to begin work on the creation of the “main street”, where the main ambulatory diagnostic services will be located on the first floor of the hospital to ensure easy access. easier for patients.
The next phase of construction, which will include work to create the “main street”, is scheduled to begin in fall 2022. Full modernization is expected to be completed in fall 2023.