Outpatient Treatment Center to Open with Help From Foundation

Posted 23 March 2015 2:20 PM by TCAuthor3

By Linda Gilbert, Shawano Medical Center Foundation Director

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They don’t call them Life Hacks here, but as plans move ahead toward the opening of ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, the staff is busy figuring out how to solve problems, simplify processes and improve our patients’ experiences.  Their work is paying off. Two of the things that will not be moving into the new ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano are the phrases, “We’ve always done it that way,” and “We’ve never done it that way!”

One of these changes will be launched on March 30 at Shawano Medical Center. That’s when the Outpatient Treatment Center will open.

The Outpatient Treatment Center, located in what used to be a family practice clinic, will be an area set up specifically for outpatient services. Patients will come here for wound care, IV therapy, injections, blood products – and many more services for patients who need the care of a registered nurse, but don’t need to spend the night in the hospital. Right now, these services are provided in three different areas of the hospital. The Outpatient Treatment Center will mean less confusion, expanded hours, and a staff that can concentrates on outpatient care.  Solves, simplifies, improves.

One of the much-needed services to be provided is wound care. There is a need for certified wound care nurses in Shawano to meet the demand of local patients and reduce the need to travel out of town for care. Because this is such a specialized level of care, RNs need wound care certification to provide it.  One of the nurses at the outpatient center is already wound care-certified. And, thanks to a $12,000 grant from the Shawano Medical Center Foundation, three more nurses will be certified by the end of 2015.

“Wound care RNs will  create plans of care that look at the wound care patient holistically and adjust the plans as needed, reviewing nutrition, other disease processes, and environmental factors,” Amy Jagla, the new center’s nurse manager, said. “Because of the dedicated wound care planning, these wounds will heal faster.”

The grant is one of several grants approved recently by the Shawano Medical Center Foundation Board, as part of its mission to support healing services both within and outside of the hospital.  Amy, speaking for the many wound patients who will now be able to receive care locally, couldn’t be more pleased.

“I was just blown away by the response of the Foundation,” she said upon learning about the grant. “They get how important this is and what it will do for patients.”