ThedaCare Responds to Community Request for Keepsakes
Bricks from the recently demolished Shawano Medical Center are being made available to the public as keepsakes, said John Gijsen, director of facilities management-system locations for ThedaCare. “Residents of Shawano have been asking for bricks as mementos of the old Shawano Medical Center. It was a place that meant a lot to the people of this community, so we’ve come up with a plan to give them away.”
The bricks will be available to Shawano residents from June 8 to June 15 at the south parking lot near the old hospital site just off 5th Street. The bricks will be placed in piles and residents can come choose their own. People are asked to exercise caution when sorting through the bricks and wear appropriate closed-toe footwear and gloves. Bricks will not necessarily be cleaned of mortar, but mortar can be easily removed at home with a hammer. The purpose of the bricks is for a remembrance of history, and individuals are asked to limit themselves to a single brick. Please contact John Gijsen at (920) 450-4701 with questions.
The new ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano opened in September 2015 at 100 County Road B, at which time the 10-acre Shawano Medical Center riverside campus was shuttered. The Shawano Common Council approved the ThedaCare plan in March to demolish the old structure at ThedaCare’s expense after multiple redevelopment efforts for the existing building fell through. Statewide Razing of Combined Locks is doing the demolition.
For more than 100 years, ThedaCare™ has been committed to finding a better way to deliver serious and complex healthcare to patients throughout Northeast Wisconsin. The organization serves over 200,000 patients annually and employs more than 7,000 healthcare professionals throughout the region. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 34 clinics in 14 counties. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs as well as a foundation dedicated to community service. For more information, visit www.thedacare.org or follow ThedaCare on Facebook and Twitter.