Theda Clark Medical Center becomes ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah

ThedaCare Honors Visionary Namesake, Theda Clark, with New Name

ThedaCare announced Theda Clark Medical Center would become ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah on Wednesday, March 23. The new name is part of an organization-wide rebranding effort announced nearly two years ago so all locations throughout Wisconsin are identified with the same name.

“ThedaCare carries with it a legacy of excellence in healthcare in our communities,” said Brian Burmeister, senior vice president, ThedaCare Medical Centers. “Our name honors a remarkable woman, Theda Clark Peters, who dreamed of a better life for the people of Neenah and northeastern Wisconsin. We are privileged to be carrying on her incredible legacy.” 

On Oct.18, 1903, Theda Clark Peters gave birth to a baby daughter. Three days later, Theda died from complications of childbirth. True to her visionary nature, she had prepared for this possibility. Shortly after learning she was pregnant, she asked her brother, Bill Clark, to administer her estate to develop a community hospital in Neenah if something happened to her. Bill honored his sister’s wishes, and in 1909, Theda Clark Memorial Hospital opened its doors. 

“Our history makes us who we are today. That’s why it’s important to honor it—and learn from it. As we change and grow, it’s important to never lose sight of what we’ve accomplished through the years,” said Burmeister. 

“Like Theda Clark Peters, we are passionate about helping our communities. Theda’s story and dedication is well known in Neenah, but because of our rebranding, her legacy of compassion and dedication to improving Northeast Wisconsin will be better known from Shawano to Berlin, and Waupaca to Chilton. The name ThedaCare already is on our clinics, most of our hospitals, home health, behavioral health and other facilities,” added Burmeister. 

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