Living Well Together
Posted 2/12/2014 by TCAuthor3
By Carol Ryczek
If you’ve seen plans or drawings of the new ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, you may have seen the quilt-style symbol shown here. It’s not the logo for the new medical center, but a symbol for the journey that will take us there.
The symbol started with the Living Well Together campaign – an effort to raise $1.5 million toward construction of the new facility. Since that, it has also come to represent what we hope the new medical center will be for the community.
The Living Well Together symbol brings together many of the cultures and ideals that describe the Shawano area. It starts with a quilt square, a historical reference, now seen on many Shawano County barns. On the square is a leaf pattern often found in Native American beadwork patterns. In the center is an offset square, an style used by Amish quilters. The cultures are tied together by the soft blues and greens of the rivers and countryside of Shawano, Waupaca, and Menominee Counties.
Quilts represent sheltering comfort for someone who is sick: a warm smile and gentle hand to tuck you in. That care is what we traditionally think of when we think of healthcare. But quilts (at least in our family) never seemed to stay on the bed. They became the tops of living room forts and the ground cover for picnics. They were warmth in a cold car, an improvised play area for toddlers, and cushions for watching fireworks. In short, they are a part of everyday life. That is exactly what we hope the new ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano will be…a place for learning to stay well as well as to getting well…living well, together.