ThedaCare ends expansion with round-the-clock OB-ED care at Neenah hospital

Patients won't have to wait for their personal doctor as ThedaCare provides 24-7 OB-ED care.

Justin Marville
Oshkosh Northwestern
A view from one of the rooms in the recently updated Theda Clark Peters Family Birth Center.

NEENAH ― The last phase of ThedaCare’s expansion project is now complete.

The new Obstetrical Emergency Department and Hospitalist Program is now open, bringing an official completion to the $100 million upgrade of the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah.

ThedaCare made the announcement via news release after providing the final update to the Theda Clark Peters Family Birth Center.

“The creation of the OB-ED and Hospitalist Program can help ensure mothers and babies have the most up-to-date technology, and facilities designed with patients in mind to allow care teams to continue to offer the right care, in the right place,” wrote senior vice president of the ThedaCare South Region Lynn Detterman in the statement.

“We’re proud to offer this specialized care for our communities.”

According to the release, women who are more than 16 weeks pregnant with concerns related to their pregnancy can now bypass the emergency department and go directly to an obstetrical triage area in the birth center.

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The program is intended to supplement an OB provider while the expectant mother’s doctor will still continue to provide care in the facility.

Running as a 24/7 operation, the program ensures patients will get the care of highly specialized doctors on site without having to wait for their personal doctor to get to the hospital.

“Through this program, a trained physician will evaluate every patient, and our goal is that expectant mothers can leave the hospital with peace of mind, focusing on the health and well-being of their family,” said department chairperson of the ThedaCare OB-ED and Hospitalist program, Dr. Eric Eberts.

“Having an OB-ED and Hospitalist Program can redefine the standard of women’s care in the hospital setting to help continue safe patient care.”

ThedaCare has updated its Theda Clark Peters Family Birth Center.

According to the statement, the OB-ED program at the Neenah campus will aim to provide support for ThedaCare’s other hospitals, such as telehealth consultations.

It serves as the last update of a grand $100 million modernization that saw the Neenah campus expand its emergency department with more specialized rooms for trauma and behavioral health.

The hospital also added a second helipad adjacent to that emergency department while enhancing the care provided at the region’s only comprehensive stroke center.

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Some of the other additions include the following:

  • Updated operating rooms with robotic surgical equipment.
  • Rebuilt in-patient behavioral health space with 19 private patient rooms and relaxation and exercise spaces.
  • A new Graduate Medical Education program that offers residencies and fellowships to those who finished medical school. It will be the first hospital in northeast Wisconsin to offer such a program outside of Milwaukee and Madison after accreditation for the program is completed.
  • A new physical and occupational therapy suite.
  • New space for the Women's Center.
  • A retail pharmacy of the hospital that will be open 24 hours, seven days a week.
  • A remodeled first floor with easier access to outpatient testing.
  • A new dining area.

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