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April 27, 2021

ThedaCare and Neuroscience Group Celebrate Topping Out Ceremony

This milestone marks the next phase of construction

Recognizing Next Milestone in the Creation of the Region’s Only Comprehensive Health Center Specializing in Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Care

APPLETON, Wis. – ThedaCare and Neuroscience Group, along with project partners, Miron Construction, HGA and Hplex Solutions, are pleased to celebrate the topping out ceremony for the new Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Center. This milestone marks the next phase of construction. The final beam of the structure is signed by team members, community leaders and partners in the project, and is then lifted into place with a crane. The moment is a recognition of ThedaCare and Neuroscience Group’s commitment to providing specialized orthopedic, spine and pain care through the new Center.

“The new Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Center will enhance access to specialized experts, where care teams understand each person’s unique medical background, lifestyle and personal goals, getting patients back to living their best life, sooner,” said Imran Andrabi, MD, President and CEO of ThedaCare. “We’re proud to celebrate this milestone, moving toward the completion of the project where teams will continue to provide outstanding, individualized care.”

The Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Center will include a medical office building, specialty surgery center, and orthopedic and spine hospital, as well as support services for total patient care. A highlight of the Center is the ThedaCare orthopedic and spine hospital, which will consist of operating suites designed for and dedicated to orthopedic and spine surgery, 25 inpatient beds, and support services such as imaging, lab, pharmacy and dining.

The 230,000 sq. ft. Center, which is conveniently located at ThedaCare Health Campus – Encircle in Appleton, Wis., is expected to open in summer 2022. Crews broke ground in August 2020. Despite some bitterly cold and snowy days since the groundbreaking, crews installed the exterior walls and concrete floor slabs of the hospital. As the exterior continues to take shape, the team recently completed the final design for the interior of the building, such as room placement and floor and wall finishes.

This project and the design were led by providers and nursing, along with ancillary and support staff.

“When designing the Center, we were focused on the well-being and convenience of patients and their families in a comfortable, soothing environment with high-end amenities,” said David Corso, Vice President of Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Center. “It brings together specialty care teams and services – at a single destination, with the vision of minimizing patient recovery times and ultimately improving the lives of those living in Northeast and Central Wisconsin.”

Another feature of the Center includes a simulation apartment allowing patients and their families to complete therapy to prepare for life post-discharge. Patients can practice what it will be like to use a kitchen or restroom after surgery and rehabilitation, ensuring they feel comfortable when returning home. Other amenities include private recovery rooms and a restaurant.

“The goal is to make exceptional care effortless for patients and families by understanding individual needs,” said Dr. Randall Johnson, Neurosurgeon at Neuroscience Group and Spine Surgery Medical Director at ThedaCare. “The design plan was intentional, ensuring patient care will be comprehensive and coordinated through evaluation, diagnostics, surgery, rehabilitation and pain management.”

During this project milestone, ThedaCare and Neuroscience Group would like to recognize construction partners – Miron Construction, HGA and Hplex Solutions. The teams have worked diligently to provide guidance and support, while creating a space that will allow health teams to provide the best care for patients and families.

Population Health and Preparing for the Future

ThedaCare and partners continue to prepare and respond to the needs of the community, keeping our patients and families safe and healthy, now and always. Demand for orthopedic and spine services is increasing as Wisconsinites are aging and becoming more active. According to Wisconsin Dept. of Administration, all 17 counties ThedaCare serves will see an 8-17% increase in those age 55 and older through 2040. As people live more active lives, sports-related injuries are increasing. Sports medicine grew 26% in the last five years nationally, while spine medicine grew 24%.

“We must be ready to offer the right care, in the right place for people who will need us in the next 5, 10 and 20 years from now,” said Dr. Andrabi. “The work we do now impacts the future health of our communities for generations to come.”

This collaboration comes as ThedaCare is on a transformational journey to Population Health, going above and beyond treating a particular condition — making care easy and accessible, to help achieve better health for life.

“By enhancing that coordinated care, we can live our mission of improving the health and well-being of the communities, creating peace of mind for all we serve,” said Dr. Andrabi. “In order to create healthier communities, we have to become an organization that proactively knows our patients, anticipates health wants and needs, prevents issues from arising and creates value – which is what we are aiming to do at the future Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Center.”

To learn more about the Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Center, visit

About Neuroscience Group

For almost 30 years, Neuroscience Group has offered the most complete brain, spine and pain care in the area with services including: Neurology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Pain Management, Physical Therapy, and Imaging. The group’s main clinic is in Neenah; they also serve patients in nine outlying clinics – Appleton, Berlin, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Marinette, New London, Shawano, Sturgeon Bay and Waupaca. Neuroscience Group’s vision is to improve lives by offering the very best in compassionate brain, pain and spine care.

For more information, visit or follow Neuroscience Group on Facebook. Media should call Sarah Ringgenberg, Marketing Manager at 920-729-7683.

About ThedaCare

For more than 110 years, ThedaCare® has been committed to improving the health of the communities it serves in northeast and central Wisconsin. The organization delivers care to more than 600,000 residents in 17 counties and employs approximately 7,000 health care professionals. ThedaCare has 180 points of care, including seven hospitals. As an organization committed to being a leader in Population Health, team members are dedicated to empowering people to live their best lives through easy access to individualized care, supporting each person’s own health and wellbeing. ThedaCare also partners with communities to understand unique needs, finding solutions together, and encouraging health awareness and action. 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 not-for-profit health system with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs, as well as primary care.

For more information, visit or follow ThedaCare on social media. Members of the media should call Cassandra Wallace, Public and Media Relations Consultant at 920.442.0328 or the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah switchboard at 920.729.3100 and ask for the marketing person on call.

About Miron Construction

Miron Construction Co., Inc.,one of the nation’s premier construction firms and industry leaders, provides innovative preconstruction, construction management, design-build, industrial, and general construction services nationwide. The forward-thinking, century-old private company is headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, with regional offices in Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, and Wausau, Wisconsin, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ranked 84th among the “Top 400 Contractors in the United States”, 96th among the “Top 100 Green Building Contractors in the United States”, and 214th among the “Top 250 Global Contractors” by Engineering News Record (ENR) (based on annual revenue), Miron is also the Official Provider of Construction Services for the Green Bay Packers and Lambeau Field. For more information, please visit

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About HGA

HGA is a national interdisciplinary design firm committed to making a positive, lasting impact for our clients and communities through research-based, holistic solutions. We believe that great design requires a sense of curiosity—forming deep insight into our clients, their contexts, and the human condition. We are a collective of over 800 architects, engineers, interior designers, planners, researchers, and strategists. Our practice spans multiple markets, including corporate, cultural, education, local and federal government, healthcare, and science and technology. Visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

About Hplex Solutions

Hplex Solutions was formed in March 2002, as a unique “boutique” healthcare consulting/development company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Hplex is solely  focused on working with Health Systems and physician practices for all real estate services, including owner representative (project management), development, property management, and strategic real estate consulting. Hplex has clients in seven states, and the Hplex team has significant expertise and backgrounds in architecture, master planning, real estate development, and construction. Hplex was engaged by ThedaCare Inc. to lead the development process for this Project and has been instrumental in overseeing design and construction and meeting a board committed budget. Hplex has also led the effort for the financial structure of the Orthopedic and Neurology Center of Excellence.

For more information, please visit Hplex Solutions online at or follow us on social media. For any project related questions, please contact Aaron Greene, Senior Vice President for Hplex Solutions at 614-486-9620.