September 29, 2022

ThedaCare, Ascension in court over health care worker employment

APPLETON – Seven health care workers will be able to start their new jobs at Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton after a judge dismissed a temporary restraining order Monday that was barring them from doing so at the request of their former employer, ThedaCare. 

Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge Mark McGinnis ruled that ThedaCare’s arguments were not enough to uphold the injunction.

McGinnis said he signed the initial restraining order Friday because of the gravity of the situation that ThedaCare laid out in their complaint. Wisconsin statute says the court should give “substantial weight” to any adverse impact on public safety when deciding what to require in the order. 

Lawyers for ThedaCare had argued the region would be in danger of not having health care for severely injured patients or people who had suffered strokes if the seven employees moved to Ascension for their Monday start date.