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February 5, 2024

ThedaCare Announces Opening of New Obstetrical Emergency Department and Hospitalist Program

Providing Specialized Care to Expectant Mothers, Babies and Families

ThedaCare is pleased to announce the opening of the new Obstetrical Emergency Department (OB-ED) and Hospitalist Program at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah. The new program is part of the update to the Theda Clark Peters Family Birth Center through the $100M investment to modernize the Neenah campus.

The addition of these hospital-based women’s services can help ThedaCare continue to provide comprehensive, safe care for expectant mothers and babies in Northeast and Central Wisconsin. 

“We’re proud to offer this specialized care for our communities,” said Lynn Detterman, Senior Vice President of the ThedaCare South Region. “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.”

ThedaCare is working with provider partners to develop best practices in care for expectant mothers. This can help improve patient outcomes and experience, and continue advancing maternal care in the area.

Typically located in a labor and delivery unit, an OB-ED would allow providers to care for pregnant women who come to the hospital for obstetrical concerns such as abdominal pain or bleeding. The program would operate around the clock and be staffed by board-certified/board-eligible physician specialists. 

“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 Dr. Eric Eberts, Department Chair of the ThedaCare OB-ED and Hospitalist Program. “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.”

Women who are more than 16 weeks pregnant, with concerns related to their pregnancy, will now bypass the emergency department and go directly to an obstetrical triage area located in the Theda Clark Peters Family Birth Center at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah. This program will supplement the care of a woman’s OB provider. Her doctor will continue to provide care in the facility. The program ensures a highly specialized doctor to be available to evaluate a woman immediately, without waiting for the patient’s doctor to arrive onsite, or providing a consultation over-the-phone.   

The OB-ED program at the Neenah campus aims to provide support for the other ThedaCare other hospitals as well, including those in rural communities. For example, providers can deliver telehealth consultations alongside providers at other campuses. To learn more about Family Birth services at ThedaCare, please visit