Foundation Matches Donations Through Living Well Together Campaign

Posted 3 September 2014 1:14 PM by TCAuthor3

By Linda Gilbert, Shawano Medical Center Foundation manager

Have you seen the recent internet ice bucket craze? If you go to YouTube, you’ll see otherwise rational, normal people getting buckets of ice water poured over their heads. The idea is to raise money to research a cure for ALS, a debilitating disease. It’s either cool cash or a cold splash – and a lot of good sports are doing both.

Raising funds to help find a cure for disease or to help people when they become ill, or prevent disease through wellness – with or without the ice bucket – is an activity that brings people together. We all have a stake in having health care that is effective and affordable.

The Shawano Medical Center Foundation is using a quieter approach to raise money. Slowly, respectfully, and thoughtfully, the Foundation has been raising money and matching it dollar for dollar through the Living Well Together capital campaign for ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano. The $1.5 million goal includes a pledge that the Foundation will match community contributions up to $500,000.

What will this money mean to the project? First, it was an important part of the $50 million overall budget. The Foundation is living up to its name by helping to build the actual structure of the new medical center. In addition, the impact of the Foundation will be found in features that make the new medical center a truly healing environment. This will include a restful courtyard landscaped with familiar plants and trees. It will bring in artwork that represents who we are as a community. It will bring in an electronic nurse call system that will bring services to patients with fewer stops between the nurse and the patient. Finally, it means that patients who enter the clinic side of the medical center will be able to do so under a sheltering canopy that covers their entire vehicle.

You can participate in the Foundation match with any contribution to Living Well Together. If you’d like to find out more, contact me at, or (715) 526.7149. We guarantee it’s ice-free!