Kimberly-Clark Makes Generous Donation to Support ThedaCare SANE Program – ThedaCare

Specialized technology advances compassionate care for survivors of sexual assault

A generous donation from Kimberly-Clark to the ThedaCare Family of Foundations helped provide a new specialized camera for the ThedaCare Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program.

Supported by the ThedaCare family of foundations, the ThedaCare SANE program was launched in 2016 to provide compassionate and trauma-informed care to survivors of sexual assault and abuse. It’s an incredibly tricky situation when SANE-trained nurses come to help treat the victim, while helping law enforcement gather evidence.

“I am inspired by the philanthropic support of our community,” said Leah Eckhart RN, BSN, SANE-A and ThedaCare Clinical Program Specialist for the SANE Program. “With this new equipment, I hope our law enforcement partners can look to us for help in more than sexual assault cases, perhaps domestic violence situations, physical violence and child abuse. We also hope that more of our survivors can receive the justice they deserve.

“Kimberly-Clark is proud to sponsor ThedaCare’s SANE program in Wisconsin,” said Russ Torres, group president, Kimberly-Clark North America. “The program brings an exceptional and important level of care to our community, and we are honored to be able to help expand and better serve survivors of sexual assault and abuse.”

SANE nurses follow proper forensic procedures to provide evidence to law enforcement if it becomes necessary for a court case. Photographic evidence is crucial when it comes to prosecuting sexual assault and domestic violence cases. The camera is a specialized forensic camera and photo storage system. Eckhart explained that the camera has several features that make it an incredible asset. This specific type of camera is an upgrade from the current SANE program process of capturing photographic evidence with an older model camera that has a less advanced image storage system.

“The addition of the forensic camera and photo storage system allows the SANE program to obtain invaluable photos that benefit trauma survivors throughout the ThedaCare service area,” said Amanda Charais, Director of Development. regional for the ThedaCare family of foundations. “For example, this camera has filters that can potentially show bruises that would likely not be seen or captured on a standard camera.”

Eckhart explained that they often see patients during some of the worst experiences of their lives. In each situation, team members care for people with compassion and sensitivity.

The camera operates on a foot pedal so SANE nurses can help document while taking the pictures. The camera system comes with secure storage that allows nurses to provide the photos to law enforcement or child advocacy groups via encryption.

The overall impact of this generous donation will benefit the community for years to come.

“A lot of times our patients come into the exam room alone,” Eckhart said. “I want them to know they’re not leaving the room alone. Our team members also provide expert forensic care and emotional support. And it goes beyond the walls of the hospital. I hope survivors know there is a whole community of support on their side. Generous donations, like support from Kimberly-Clark, are an example of the community wanting to help survivors.

“For more than 24 years, Kimberly-Clark has invested in the health of our community through the ThedaCare family of foundations,” Charais said. “We remain extremely grateful to Kimberly Clark and our other generous donors who understand the value of this important program and community resource.

A Donor’s Heart Series

This article is the second in a planned series featuring generous donors who support the ThedaCare family of foundations. Donations to the ThedaCare family of foundations help fund projects and programs at many levels across the system.

If you know of a donor or community organization that has a connection to the ThedaCare Foundations family that you think should be featured in the “Heart of a Donor” series, please email [email protected] . To learn more about the ThedaCare family of foundations and the impact of donor support, please visit

About ThedaCare

For more than 110 years, ThedaCare® has been committed to improving the health of the communities it serves in northeastern and central Wisconsin. The organization provides care to more than 600,000 residents in 17 counties and employs around 7,000 healthcare professionals. ThedaCare has 180 points of care, including seven hospitals. As an organization committed to being a leader in population health, team members are dedicated to empowering people to live their best lives through easy access to individualized care, supporting the health and well-being of everyone. ThedaCare also partners with communities to understand unique needs, find solutions together, and drive health awareness and action. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care

Member of the network, giving specialists the opportunity to consult with Mayo Clinic experts about a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a not-for-profit healthcare system with a Level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer, stroke and cardiac treatment programs, and primary care.

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