On October 18, 2022, ThedaCare announced the creation of an Obstetrical Emergency Department (OB-ED) and Hospitalist Program. Through the program, set to begin in 2023, women who are more than 16 weeks pregnant would bypass the emergency department and go directly to an obstetrical triage area located in the 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 on site, or providing a consultation over-the-phone.
"The OB-ED and Hospitalist Program can redefine the standard of women's care in the hospital setting to help continue safe patient care," said Dr. Eric Eberts, Department Chair of Obstetrics at ThedaCare. "Because a trained physician evaluates every patient, our goal is that expectant mothers can leave the hospital with peace of mind, focusing on the health and well-being of their family."
The creation of an OB-ED and Hospitalist Program is an important milestone in ThedaCare's history. For 113 years, ThedaCare has proudly provided care for the people in Northeast and Central Wisconsin, and that opportunity was made possible more than a century ago when Theda Clark Peters directed a significant portion of her estate to be used to build a hospital in Neenah so that people in the community would have local access to medical care.
Before her sudden passing at age 32 in 1903, just three days after giving birth to her only child, Theda Clark Peters directed a significant portion of her estate to be used to build a hospital in Neenah so that people in the community would have local access to medical care. On October 18, 1909, the sixth birthday for Theda's daughter, ThedaCare opened its first doors.
"ThedaCare is honored to continue the vision of the Theda Clark Peters and her family by providing care to patients and families, and empowering each person to live their unique, best life," 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."
Dr. Eberts noted that the program aims to provide support for ThedaCare's other hospitals, including those in rural communities.
"The OB-ED and hospitalist program can help ensure that expectant mothers continue to receive timely, specialized care for themselves and their babies," said Dr. Eberts. "We will have providers with the patient, ready to step in to provide care and help improve outcomes and peace of mind."
Learn more via NBC 26's exclusive report, which includes Dr.Eberts' special connection to Theda Clark Peters.