Former Patients, Rehab Staff Reconnect at Picnic

Theda Clark Event Invites Patients to Show Progress, Share Memories

For the past few months, Chuck Gostas has been looking forward to the annual Alumni Picnic for The Center for Rehabilitation Services at Theda Clark Medical Center.

“I enjoyed the time I spent in rehab. The people were great and I always had a big smile on my face when I left,” said Gostas, who suffered a stroke two years ago and attended his first picnic last summer. “It’s great seeing the people again at the picnic and catching up with everyone. It will be a lot of fun. The staff is just wonderful.”

Gostas along with other former patients and staff members will gather for the 31st annual picnic from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wed., June 19 at Menasha’s Jefferson Park. More than 350 former patients, family members and staff members are expected to attend.

The picnic is a great time for former patients to gather with staff members from The Center for Rehabilitation Services to rekindle friendships and share their experiences of their recovery from stroke, traumatic physical injury or other challenging medical conditions, said Tom Van Sistine, MD, Theda Clark’s rehab medical director.

“As staff members, we can catch up with how former patients are doing after they’ve left our care,” he said. “It’s just a nice time to socialize and celebrate everyone’s accomplishments and how far they’ve come.”

The Center for Rehabilitation Services is accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and has treated nearly 4,630 patients since it opened in 1981. Because of the role it plays in helping patients fulfill their potential for recovery, The Center for Rehabilitation Services is an integral part of the Trauma Center at Theda Clark Medical Center, one of the region’s nationally verified Level II trauma centers.

Theda Clark Medical Center is a 166-bed acute care hospital founded in 1909. In addition to general medical and surgical care, specialized services include a birth center, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin - Fox Valley, the region’s only American College of Surgeons Verified Level II Trauma Center, the Aylward Outpatient Surgery Center and ThedaStar Air Medical Helicopter. Theda Clark Medical Center also offers comprehensive neuroscience care and the Theda Clark Stroke Center was the first stroke center in Northeast Wisconsin to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The Bariatric Program at Theda Clark, along with Midwest Bariatric Solutions and its surgeons, have jointly received two Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designations by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.

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