Community Supports New Cancer Learning Center

CANCER LEARNING CENTER TO OPEN

New Resource Library Designed to Support Cancer Patients 

A new Cancer Learning Center will open this summer at New London Family Medical Center (NLFMC) as a resource to patients and their loved ones as they journey through cancer.

Being newly diagnosed with cancer can be difficult and overwhelming, said Deborah Johnson, executive director of the Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation. Having information and resources readily available can help, which was the impetus for creating the new resource center.

On Monday, the New London Rotary Club gifted $5,000 to support the center. Additionally, United Way of New London has contributed $3,000 toward the project.

"Rotary has a long history of supporting efforts to address health concerns around the world and in our local community," said Rotary President Bill Fitzpatrick. "We are proud to continue that tradition by making a donation in support of the Cancer Learning Center. We are hopeful that this gift will assist in providing information and access to a network of support for local community members and their families in their fight against this terrible disease."

The learning center will be located outside NLFMC’s new chemotherapy suite, which is under construction at its specialty physicians’ clinic. Both the learning center and chemo suite are scheduled to open June 17.

The learning center will include up-to-date cancer publications and materials provided by the American Cancer Society; books on cancer and related topics; listings of local resources; and an Internet-connected computer and printer.

"When you hear those words, ‘you have cancer,’ the first thing you want to do is get your hands on everything about what you are facing," said Mona Klug, New London After Reach Support Group Coordinator. "We know it will be a valuable resource for our entire community." The New London After Reach Group has recently celebrated its 15th year of support to women with cancer in the community.

The center will be open to the public and based on the ‘honor system.’ People who borrow books won’t have to check them out, but will be expected to return them. The hospital may add volunteers to staff the center in the future.

"We will also provide information on community resources, such as cancer support groups and education programs," Johnson added.

To help build the library, WRAHF is inviting the public to contribute books on cancer and related health topics. To make a donation, call the foundation at (920) 531-2066.

The Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation was founded in 2003. Its mission is to seek and secure financial resources that ensure New London Family Medical Center has state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, outreach and education. New London Family Medical Center and the Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation serve Waupaca, Outagamie and surrounding counties.

New London Family Medical Center is a 25-bed, critical access hospital serving New London and nearby communities in Outagamie and Waupaca counties. The hospital, which has been in operation since 1930 and is part of ThedaCare, provides inpatient and outpatient surgery; a 24-hour emergency department; physical, occupational and speech therapies; diagnostic services including laboratory and imaging; pain management; transitional care; and a ThedaCare At Home retail store.

ThedaCare™ 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, and ThedaCare at Home. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

For more information, media may contact Megan Wilcox (megan.wilcox@thedacare.org), APR, corporate and public relations specialist for ThedaCare, at (920) 830-5847.