• Interior Design Brings the Outside In

    Posted 20 February 2015 10:21 AM by TCAuthor3

    Decades of good quality research have taught us that the atmosphere in which a patient receives health care can meaningfully affect his or her spirits and feelings of anxiety, peace and security.  When people feel safe and calm, they heal better and more quickly. This truth has guided our decisions about how to design, decorate and even orchestrate the new ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano.

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  • Patients to Direct Donations to Services They Choose

    Posted 17 February 2015 11:50 AM by TCAuthor3

    “Tell the staff that they are the best.” “Your nurses are my angels. They made my whole family feel comfortable.” Patients and family members at Shawano Medical Center often send cards of thanks, with sentiments like the quotes above, to the staff who took care of them. It’s only natural to feel a close connection to the people who were there for you during the most challenging – and sometimes the most joyous—moments of life.

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  • Hospital Donates to New Shelter to Commemorate Enclosing the Building

    Posted 29 January 2015 2:07 PM by TCAuthor3

    Whether the temperature is 20 above or 20 below, at this time of year most of us expect to be snug and warm at the end of the day. The exterior of ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano is now completely enclosed, making it possible for workers to develop the space in the building’s interior. They are installing plumbing fixtures, putting up drywall, and putting on the first coat of paint. Last year, the bitter cold and outdoor nature of steel erection meant delays in the schedule. This year, workers can take off their heavy coats and work inside the building heated with a gas heating system.

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  • New Hospital Will Be Energy Efficient; Warmth and Comfort Present

    Posted 21 January 2015 12:33 PM by TCAuthor3

    On these cold winter nights, I leave Shawano Medical Center and can feel the warm air coursing through the building, as it should for a medical center that runs 24/7. Admittedly, it gets a lot quieter at the hospital in the overnight hours, yet our heating system still exchanges cool air for warm air at the same rate. It’s called a constant volume system. When we move to the new ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, we’ll make the switch to a much more efficient variable air and volume system, one that can sense the occupancy of parts of the hospital and heat or cool it accordingly.

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  • Glass Panels Being Installed

    Posted 7 January 2015 1:44 PM by TCAuthor3

    Call it a “Mythbuster” moment. We used to think that glass was just a stiff liquid, and windows would eventually puddle at the bottom and sort of ooze away. You could see it in the stained glass windows of old churches…the glass was thicker on the bottom of many glass panels.

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  • Wishes From the Construction Team for 2015

    Posted 22 December 2014 1:19 PM by TCAuthor3

    Santa, being the magical creature that he is, can carry an amazing assortment of oddly shaped gifts in his sack. Even though his bag gets pretty crowded with toys, there is a little room for wishes from some of us older kids. During this holiday season, when we say “Happy New Year,” it also means “Happy New Hospital,” because Shawano Medical Center will become ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano in September 2015. With this in mind, the ThedaCare/Shawano Medical Center construction team had a few items that they would like to see in their stockings this year.

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  • Art Selections Planned for New Hospital

    Posted 16 December 2014 2:13 PM by TCAuthor3

    Artwork can make a hospital more beautiful. It can be calming, distracting or just interesting to look at. But did you know that art can actually help patients heal?

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  • Weather-Tight for Winter

    Posted 11 December 2014 9:03 AM by TCAuthor3

    With the exception of the main entrance curtain wall, ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano is now enclosed and weather-tight. Heat is being temporarily pumped throughout the addition to create comfortable working conditions.

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  • Head of the Class

    Posted 2 December 2014 12:59 PM by TCAuthor3

    I recently caught up with Kay Tupala, the dean of health sciences at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, and asked about the college’s plans for our collaborative learning center inside the new ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano. It’s the 5,000 square-foot teaching and learning space for NWTC’s nursing students and our own staff continuing education classes.

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  • Gratitude is Not Easy, but it Flourishes with the New Hospital Project

    Posted 26 November 2014 12:00 AM by Carol Ryczek

    This week is all about gratitude. With that in mind, I’ve asked several people involved in building ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano to reflect on what about the project they are thankful for. In addition to receiving thoughtful, uplifting answers, I learned something surprising about gratitude itself: Gratitude takes courage.

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