Children’s Wisconsin will open a new clinic location in Appleton, Wis. in 2023, conveniently located off Interstate 41 on East Evergreen Drive, just east of North Ballard Road. The new building will support the increasing number of families choosing to have their kids treated by Children’s Wisconsin.
“Children’s Wisconsin provides health care to all kids who need the specialized services in a way only Children’s Wisconsin can. This new location will allow us to expand existing services and add new specialties,” said Gail Ostrander, vice president of northeast regional services, Children’s Wisconsin. “Expanding services at locations that are closer to where families live supports our efforts to provide more personalized and integrated care.”
Annually, Children’s Wisconsin supports 50,000 visits of kids who live in the northeast region. But due to existing clinical space, only about 20,000 of those visits happen at clinics in the area. Families travel to a location in the Milwaukee region for the other 30,000 visits.
The new state-of-the art building, designed for kids, will have the potential to support up to 70,000 visits a year, reducing the need for families to travel to Milwaukee for appointments.
Construction of the new 50,000+ square-foot facility will begin this fall, and consolidate clinics currently offered at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah and the Children’s Wisconsin Fox Valley Child Advocacy Center. Children’s Wisconsin is partnering with Hammes, Miron Construction Co, Inc., and Kahler Slater on the new clinic.
New services Children’s Wisconsin will offer at the new clinic will include:
• Pediatric imaging
• Pediatric laboratory
Existing services Children’s Wisconsin offers in the region that will move to the new clinic and are expected to expand over the next five years include:
• Cardiology/cardiac echocardiography
• Physical and occupational therapy
• Speech therapy/language pathology
Existing services Children’s Wisconsin offers in the region that will move to the new clinic will include:
• Child advocacy
• Child well-being
• Clinical nutrition
• General surgery
• Muscular dystrophy multi-disciplinary clinic
• Physical medicine and rehabilitation
• Northeast Regional Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Grant Services
Other Children’s Wisconsin clinics in the region include the Appleton Clinic (1506 S. Oneida St.) and West De Pere Clinic (1686 Eisenhower Rd.). Consolidation of services currently at these sites will be determined in the future. In addition to the Fox Valley Child Advocacy Center, Children’s Wisconsin also runs the Child Advocacy Center of North Central Wisconsin and provides medical support for the Willow Tree Cornerstone Child Advocacy Center run by Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin in Green Bay.
Children’s Wisconsin will continue to operate its hospital within ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah, with a 22-bed, Level 3 NICU and a 20-bed pediatric inpatient unit where more than 1,700 kids, including nearly 300 babies, are cared for each year. Plans to enhance existing Children’s Wisconsin facilities are being explored, with timing and details influenced by fundraising efforts.
Recognized as one of the leading pediatric health systems in the country, Children’s Wisconsin is the only health system in Wisconsin solely dedicated to the health and well-being of kids. Children’s Wisconsin specialists have had clinics in the northeast region for more than 30 years. In 2001, Children’s Wisconsin began operating its Neenah hospital, located within the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah. Children’s Wisconsin Fox Valley Child Advocacy Center opened in 2004 to care for children who have been victims of neglect and abuse. In 2013, Children’s Wisconsin partnered with ThedaCare and Ascension to launch Catalpa Health to help meet the region’s growing need to support kids’ mental and behavioral health needs.