ThedaCare Welcomes Nurse Practitioner

Elena Fry Hansen, APNP

Elena Fry Hansen, APNP, to Specialize in Pulmonology

Elena Fry Hansen is now on the staff at Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center, as a nurse practitioner specializing in pulmonology. She is a member of Fox Valley Pulmonary Medicine.

After receiving an undergraduate degree in human development and family studies from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Elena earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from UW-Green Bay. She completed her master’s degree in nursing at Concordia University in Mequon, and received board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Elena works with all types of lung conditions, including care for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary hypertension and asthma. She also helps patients manage sleep disorders and smoking cessation issues.

The best part of her job, Elena explains, is building relationships as she interacts with people and gets to know them on a more personal level. Hiking, snowboarding and cheering on the Green Bay Packers are among her hobbies outside of work. She also keeps busy with her family.

Appleton Medical Center (AMC) is a 160-bed acute care hospital that opened in 1958. In addition to general medical and surgical care, services include the Appleton Heart Institute, which was the first and most advanced cardiac care program to be established north of Madison and Milwaukee more than 30 years ago. Other specialized services include a fully staffed emergency department, birthing services, the Groth Surgery Center, and the Martha Siekeman Cancer Center and ThedaCare Cancer Care, which includes radiation oncology, CyberKnife®, TomoTherapy™ and stereotactic radiotherapy and radiosurgery. Appleton Medical Center is an accredited Chest Pain Center by the national Society of Chest Pain 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, including a regional neonatal intensive care unit serving eight counties, and the Aylward Outpatient Surgery Center. Theda Clark is the region’s only American College of Surgeons Verified Level II Trauma Center, which includes 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 for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The hospital also has the area’s most advanced inpatient rehabilitation facility. 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. Since 2004, Theda Clark has been honored nationally by the U.S. Health and Human Services department for achieving one of the highest organ donation rates in the country. The Theda Clark ThedaCare Surgery Center operates in Oshkosh.

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