'The Big Dig' Invites the Public to Break Ground

New Shawano Medical Center Construction to Begin After Event

The community is invited to participate in an exciting groundbreaking event for the new ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano on Thurs., July 11, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The event is called The Big Dig and kids and adults will have the chance to crawl right into the seat of a crane, backhoe or digger.

“We want to include our friends and neighbors in a memorable and fun way,” said Dorothy Erdmann, CEO of Shawano Medical Center. “Together we will celebrate the beginning of building a new medical center for our community that will serve us for the next 80 years.”

The Big Dig takes place at the site of the new medical center, adjacent to the ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano clinic at County B and Highway 22. When completed, the new facility will replace the existing Shawano Medical Center and is slated to open in 2015.

The Big Dig begins with a welcome and presentation, followed by free gifts and the chance to do some digging. Pre-registration for The Big Dig is highly recommended by calling (920) 830-5922 and including the number in your party, or register online at www.thedacare.org/classes and click Search for Classes, then Big Dig Celebration.

With construction underway, attendees are asked to park at Shawano High School, 220 County Road B. A shuttle will transport people from the parking lot to the Big Dig site.

Shawano Medical Center is a nonprofit hospital in Shawano. It serves 35,000 people in Shawano, Menominee, and surrounding counties. Shawano Medical Center includes a critical-access (25-bed) hospital, Rehabilitation Services, and Sports Medicine.

ThedaCare (www.thedacare.org) is a community health system consisting of five hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, ThedaCare At Work, and ThedaCare At Home. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!