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Marshfield Clinic Health System introduces Cattails Cottage for visiting oncology patients

Cattails Cottage sign.jpgSept. 23, 2020​

MARSHFIELD – Marshfield Clinic Health System is now welcoming patients to Cattails Cottage, a home on the Marshfield Medical Center campus in Marshfield for oncology patients to stay while undergoing cancer treatments.

Cattails Cottage is a place where adult patients and their caregivers can find supportive accommodations when traveling for cancer care. Patients must live more than 40 miles from Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield and have a referral from their provider.

"We understand that a cancer journey brings a lot of challenges and stress and for our patients that have to travel; we're really pleased to be able to offer them safe housing," Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation Chief Philanthropy Officer Teri Wilczek said. "Our goal was to make this a cozy comfortable space for patients where they could feel like this was their home away from home."

Cattails Cottage features 11 private rooms and shared community areas, two fully-equipped kitchens with family dining room, on-site laundry, handicap accessible areas with elevator, internet access, library nook and on-site staff and volunteers to help answer questions. The home has easy access to the hospital and clinic and its treatment health care and support services.

The entire project was donor funded with many local residents, businesses, and Marshfield Clinic Health System employees helping with fundraising, fulfilling wish list supplies, donating items, and transforming a home formerly used to housing medical students.  

"When other resources in Marshfield abruptly closed, we needed to find a way to support our patients who travel from as far away as Eau Claire, Rice Lake, Minocqua and even the Upper Peninsula for cancer care," Marshfield Clinic Health System CEO Dr. Susan Turney said. "Our whole community – concerned residents, community leaders and local businesses – came together to make Cattails Cottage possible. They did this during a pandemic and in about two months' time. We're extremely proud of this project and the depth of support we receive from our communities."

To learn more about Cattails Cottage, visit www.marshfieldclinic.org/CattailsCottage. Cattails Cottage was created entirely through philanthropic support. The website also includes how you can donate and support Cattails Cottage.

 


 Media Relations

John Gardner
Marshfield Clinic Health System Director of Communications
715 221-8659
gardner.john@marshfieldclinic.org

Jeff Starck
Media Relations Specialist - Marshfield, Wausau/Weston
715 389-4978
starck.jeffrey@marshfieldclinic.org

Amber Weldon
Regional Marketing and Public Relations Specialist - Minocqua, Park Falls
715 358-1320
weldon.amber@marshfieldclinic.org

Matt Schneider
Regional Communications Manager - Eau Claire
715 858-4427
schneider.matthew@marshfieldclinic.org

Christy Moravitz
Communications Specialist - Rice Lake
715 236-6409
moravitz.christy@lakeviewmedical.org

Dan Baulch
Media Communications Specialist - Beaver Dam
920 887-4152
dbaulch@bdch.org

Candy Marg
Community Relations Manager - Neillsville
715 743-8423
cmarg@memorialmedcenter.org

Becca Baader
Communications Specialist - Ladysmith
715-532-1284
baader.rebecca@marshfieldclinic.org