ThedaCare nixes plans to consolidate hospitals

Focus on best, most convenient care for communities

Jessica Thiel
Posted by of Insight Publications

After 18 months of studying the possibility of consolidating and building one new hospital facility, ThedaCare announced it will instead invest in enhancing its two Fox Cities hospitals in Neenah and Appleton.

“After much study, we have determined to focus on improving our existing Fox Cities facilities at their current locations,” Dr. Imran Andrabi, president and CEO of ThedaCare, said in a press release. “We listened, we evaluated, and we now have a clear path forward. That path is to enhance what we have — including the Appleton and Neenah hospitals.”

The ThedaCare board of trustees unanimously agreed with executive leaders about the potential single-site hospital that had been explored the past 18 months. “Our communities are interested in having the best, most convenient care,” Terry Timm, board chair and chief administrative officer at Thrivent Financial, said. “This decision allows us to do just that.”

In February 2016, the ThedaCare board of trustees announced a long-term exploration of facilities throughout the ThedaCare nine-county service area and their ability to meet the communities’ expectations for health care into the future. This included the possibility of bringing together ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton and ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah into one regional health care destination.

ThedaCare will begin improvement planning at its existing facilities immediately and plans to expand convenient care efforts throughout the counties it serves. These efforts continue the organization’s commitment to providing new and enhanced ways for patients to receive convenient, high-quality care close to home while working to also lower total cost of care, according to a press release.