SHAWANO, Wis. (WFRV) – This fall a brand new $50 million hospital will open in Shawano.
ThedaCare started construction on a new medical center in 2013. It will replace the current hospital hat sits in the heart of the community.
“I think for many people there is a connection to the building it is where they were born, their kids were born. They have gone for medical services for decades” says Brian Knapp, City Administrator for Shawano.
That is why ThedaCare is donating the 84 year old facility to the city.
Shawano is working with a group of developers to convert the hospital into a training ground for future doctors.
“They would be doing their practical residency training here” Knapp explains.
The goal is to address a shortage of doctors especially in rural communities.
Knapp says “the benefit for the whole community is the potential for growth and development, activity that would be in the downtown that might encourage people to move into the community”.
The city already owns roughly half the land under the current hospital. ThedaCare owns the entire building.
“By them contributing that to the city, for this project it allows this whole project to be utilized again. As opposed to trying to draw a line down an existing building and saying this half if yours, this half is ours” Knapp says.
The residence training center will create roughly 100 jobs and have an impact of more than $11 million on the community’s economy.
The city is working on a two year timeline to open the new training facility.