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

Posted 26 November 2014 12:00 AM by Carol Ryczek

By Carol Ryczek, community relations manager, Shawano Medical Center

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. It’s easy to complain. It’s easy to find flaws, and in social media, spreading disdain has become a national pastime. But gratitude – that’s not so easy. Saying thank you is personal.  It reveals something about the values you hold. And because someone else may not share those values, it makes you a little vulnerable.  That’s where the courage comes in, and that makes it especially gratifying to be able to share these comments with you.

  • I am thankful for the dedicated people working on this project, who are working so hard together to make this project a success for our patients and the community. - Julie Kressin, Director, Business Integration
  • I am thankful for all the true, heartfelt dedication, passion and caring that our staff and construction partners demonstrate every day for our patients and the community of Shawano. - Bill Mann, Project Sponsor
  • I am thankful for my co-workers.  We need everyone to ensure the new facility will enable the staff to deliver the best care possible to the Shawano community. - Denise Witt, ThedaCare Construction Project Manager
  • I’m thankful for the energy and interest our community has shown in this project; they  have given many hours of their time and expertise in planning from the very start. - Amy Jagla, Clinical Project Manager
  • As a small-town resident, I’m deeply thankful for ThedaCare’s commitment to local care in our communities. - Margaret Stanfield, ThedaCare Internal Communications Consultant
  • I am thankful for the Foundation Board and the community that has supported our project in order to provide high-quality healthcare for our patients and our community. - Linda Gilbert, Foundation Director
  • I'm thankful that I work for such a wonderful company and to be working with such an amazing team on the ThedaCare Medical Center- Shawano project! - Kristin A. Peters , Field Project Coordinator, Boldt Construction
  • I'm thankful for all the workers at the project site.  They have all strived to deliver a quality project while staying focused on performing the work safely. - Matt Peterson,  Project Manager, Boldt Construction
  • I am thankful that the building project is “Centered on the Patient.”  We have been given the opportunity to extend our loyalty to our community members, patients, and families by reflecting on their health care needs and bringing it to the forefront. - Jody Hammond, Patient Experience Coordinator
  • I am thankful our community will have a medical center that will meet the needs of this wonderful community for generations to come.  A campus that reflects our values, who we are, allowing us to feel safe and cared for by our neighbors and friends. - Dorothy Erdmann, Project Sponsor

And thanks to you, readers, for following the progress of this project and sharing the anticipation of what is to come.