EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A cancer diagnosis is devastating news for anyone to receive, and in some cases, patients have to travel outside of their community for treatment. First News at Nine’s Jonathan Fortier explains how Marshfield Clinic is stepping up to provide patients and their families with a place to stay while undergoing treatment.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the hope lodge run by the American Cancer Society in Marshfield provided cancer patients no-cost lodging while they were undergoing treatments at Marshfield Medical Center. The pandemic forced the lodge to close.
Teri Wilczek, Marshfield Health Clinic Foundation Chief Philanthropy Officer said, “At the end of June we were notified that the hope lodge would not be reopening, and we were fully anticipating they would be reopening.”
The closure of the hope lodge forced Marshfield Medical Center to come up with a quick solution.
“We had a facility here on campus that started as the nun’s house when St. Joseph’s owned this facility and was then used as a hospice home for decades,” said Wilczek.
In a little over seven weeks, Teri Wilczek with Marshfield Medical Center says they were able to renovate the former nun’s house into Cattails Cottage.
“It was fast and furious, we started to look at the facility and decided what updates were absolutely necessary like removing all the carpet and new painting,” said Wilczek.
Matt Schneider with Marshfield says Cattails Cottage is key to being able to offer state of the art treatments only available in Marshfield.
Schneider said, “The pediatric patients, the more intensive infusions all that happens in Marshfield, sometimes there is a specialist or a procedure that is available in Marshfield that we can’t provide here in the Eau Claire market.”
“Marshfield clinic has the research institute so therefore we are able to offer our patients state of the art access to clinical trials and a lot of other options,” said Wilczek.
Cattails Cottage officially opens for patients on Wednesday, and Wilczek says it will be a new chapter for providing care.
In Eau Claire, Jonathan Fortier, First News at Nine.