Patient care areas at ThedaCare reopened

Some areas still need repair

Most of the patient care areas affected by a flooding issue at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano have reopened, hospital officials said Tuesday, but there are some problem areas that will need extensive work.

The stress lab, nuclear medicine, sleep study and one general radiology room will need demolition, requiring up to eight weeks for repair, the hospital said.

An old and abandoned water main feeding a fire hydrant allowed water to enter the building, causing flooding and water damage on Aug. 9.

Areas fully reopened since then include X-ray, CT, ultrasound, mammography and MRI. Surgery and outpatient treatment have also resumed.

Also, the validation process for the lab has been completed and on-site testing will resume, hospital officials said.

“As when we moved less than a year ago, everyone pulled together as one team with one purpose. From the moment the flooding began, everyone pitched in to help,” said Dorothy Erdmann, CEO of the hospital.

“The support and response both locally and from system resources is what families do for each other, including work families. We are there to help each other,” she said. “No patients were harmed, no employees were injured. Because of our staff’s hard work and long hours, we stayed open and continued to care for patients.”