The sun shines on Rogers’ mission at poolside lunch

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin – A heartfelt thank you goes to Cheri Prescott for inviting Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation to share our mission at her recent poolside gathering. We left that day with many new friends and a carload of gifts from our “Give for a Better Day” wish list brought by her guests for patients at…

Scouts help out where needed with a gift of warmth

Since 1947, the Girl Scouts’ mission has been to be prepared, and they explain that as being ready to help out wherever needed. Today, that mission lives on in the fourth and fifth grade Scouts at Wilson School/WSTEM Elementary School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. They came together for a service project to create tied fleece blankets…

Our impact on mental health: 2018 highlights

Thanks to generous friends, more individuals and families than ever before received the benefits of our life-saving initiatives. Take a look at a few of last year’s highlights:

Celebrating sobriety with Kate

Kate’s story began with a happy childhood, high school friendships, and an almost expected college partying phase. She got married and eventually gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Shortly after, though, Kate developed postpartum depression. Not knowing how to cope, she began medicating with a prescription from her doctor and on her own – with…

Rogers’ Oconomowoc campus West Wing project almost complete

An exciting transformation is currently unfolding at the primary campus of Rogers Behavioral Health in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. The project involves constructing a three-story addition to the back of the building that currently houses the main lobby. The West Wing project will add 62 beds to its Oconomowoc campus. This will help alleviate waiting lists for…

2018 wins in advocacy and awareness

Rogers Foundation is proud to support Rogers InHealth in advocating for and bringing awareness to issues surrounding mental health and addiction, including stigma. The work they are doing transcends beyond the here and now and will impact generations of lives tomorrow. Let’s take a moment to celebrate a few of their top 2018 wins: Up…

The Dorns leave behind legacy of health and wellness

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” Mac and Sue Dorn are two people whose giving hearts will be forever woven into the lives of patients and staff at Rogers Behavioral Health. After 24 years of serving in various capacities at…

Rogers’ Health Information and Patient Financial Services Departments Create Visions of Joy

Just like Santa needs help on his big night, Rogers Behavioral Health, too, has a full army of behind-the-scenes employees who assist our clinical staff in providing excellent care, even if patients never meet them. Staff members in the health information and patient financial services departments are well aware of the many challenges families can…

Total Mechanical warms hearts with their gift giving initiative

This winter, Total Mechanical, a HVAC contractor in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, has gone beyond keeping homes warm during the wintry weather. Through its generosity, it has also warmed the hearts of children who are missing the holidays at home. In November, the company held a gift drive, and about 80 employees and family members participated, donating…

YMCA at Pabst Farms lives out its mission

The YMCA at Pabst Farms, which is located minutes from the Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, campus helps individuals strengthen their bodies, minds and souls through many different programs and services. This year, they did the heavy lifting – no dumbbells required – to collect an abundance of toys for children in treatment at Rogers. This is the…

Carolers bring joy while raising money for holiday toy drive

On a cold night in charming downtown Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, a group of carolers did their part to warm the hearts of local businesses while supporting children in residential treatment at Rogers Behavioral Health. The Oconomowoc Junior Woman’s Club, in a beloved holiday tradition, headed out to local businesses after their Christmas banquet, singing festive Carols…

These are a few of our favorite things (part 3): A year of sobriety

Dear Friend, Kate is lucky. She is a survivor among the 26,000 women whose lives are taken by alcohol dependency each year. She is one person among the mere 7% adults in the U.S. who have alcohol use disorder and who will seek treatment. Considering that women with substance use disorder are also more likely…

These are a few of our favorite things (part 2): A night with one handwashing

Dear Friend, In the US, approximately one in every 40 adults has obsessive-compulsive disorder. The average age of onset is 19 years old, with 25% of cases occurring by age 14. Despite its prevalence, only about one third of people will seek treatment for mental health challenges. But we don’t need to tell Ryan about…

Plastocon injects holiday cheer into the lives of children

Plastocon, a plastic injection-molding corporation in Ocononomoc, Wisconsin, just a few minutes from Rogers’ main campus, assembled an awesome collection of toys through their onsite Angel Drive. Plastocon, which has about 60 employees and has been in business for more than 50 years, learned about a need for holiday gifts for children in treatment, and…

Party with a Twist gift drive gives santa a run for his money

Santa may have elves and a turbo-charged sled, but he’s got nothing on a collection of women, shopping with a purpose! More than 50 guests of Jill Hazod and Julie Ellenbecker, Rogers Memorial Foundation Board members, hit the stores and donated gift items for children who will remain in treatment at Rogers Behavioral Health over…

Santa’s workshop is recreated during MSI General toy collection

In early December, MSI General looked a lot like Santa’s workshop, with toys and other gifts cheerfully taking over the design and build contractor’s offices.  As part of its True Blue campaign, the company, based in Nashotah, Wisconsin, selects a charity to support. This month, they chose Rogers, a festive tradition they began several years…

Lakeland Supply delivers joy with its special delivery of holiday gifts

The elves of Lakeland Supply usually spend their days filling sleighs (otherwise known as trucks) with customer orders for industrial supplies. But when Santa – (err… Rogers) put out a call for gift donations for children who will be in treatment, away from home, over the holidays, Lakeland staff got to work stacking toys, books,…

Cielo “gets to work” gathering gift items this holiday season

Who better to recruit gift items for patients receiving treatment at Rogers this holiday than – you guessed it – Cielo, Rogers’ recruiting partner! This powerhouse group is responsible for bringing the best and the brightest staff to us, and this year, they put their talents into action for the holidays by soliciting donations for…

These are a few of our favorite things (part 1): Jumping for joy with glee

Dear Friend, In a national survey of elementary school principals, mental health issues ranked as their #1 concern for students. Sadly, many of these students with chronic mental health challenges may go 10 years or more before they receive treatment. Trina's obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) made it impossible to sit down, wear a coat, sleep with…

Ford of Lake Geneva steers donations to Rogers’ patients

If you are going to hold a gift collection drive, it seems natural that Ford of Lake Geneva would participate…after all, driving is their business!  All puns aside, the car dealership generously collected gift items for Rogers Foundation as part of its Give for a Better Day campaign. Rogers was chosen as the beneficiary because…

Go to Potbelly Sandwich Shop and support mental health this Saturday (Oct. 6)

Enjoy a sandwich and support mental health by eating at Potbelly Sandwich Shop on Bluemound Road in Brookfield, Wisconsin this Saturday! Brookfield, Wisconsin – On Saturday, October 6 between 4-7 pm, Potbelly Sandwich Shop on Bluemound Road in Brookfield is donating 25% of the proceeds to our community partner in mental health, Soaring Minds Inc.…

Hold a holiday drive and give the gift of joy to kids at Rogers

“Thank you so much for donating! I am absolutely in love with the sunflower blanket that I got! It truly made my Christmas! I will always smile when I see the gifts that I got. I am forever grateful!” This is a direct quote from a resident at the Nashotah program after opening her presents…

VJS Construction Services builds door to life worth living

On September 7, 2018, VJS Construction Services held its second annual golf outing benefiting four outstanding non-profit organizations that support youth development through education, wellness, and the arts. These organizations include: Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation, YMCA of Greater Waukesha County, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater…

Rogers’ recruiting team from Cielo pays it forward

Spread it out. Measure. Cut. Tie. Making a fleece tie blanket is such an easy – and fun – activity to do with friends, family, and yes, even co-workers. And it’s safe to say that Rogers Behavioral Health’s recruitment team from Cielo would agree. Recently, the eight-member team got together and made 40 fleece-tie blankets…

A team effort: Milwaukee Brewers employee joined by her crew in support of Rogers

Fourteen employees from the Milwaukee Brewers front office selected Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation to be the recipient of their Kindness in MKE donations. Through this initiative, employees were given $100 each by the Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. to support a community nonprofit of their choosing. Morgan Schneider and several colleagues presented a $1,400 check to…

Middle school students in Wisconsin aim to show age-related peers that “strangers care”

Pictured from left to right: (front row) Kendyl Havens, Lily Keepman, Tess Karnowski; (middle row) Jenna Gilbert, Katie Parham, Maya Karnowski, Lori Findlay, Sydney Miller and Elena Kadow; (back row) Audrey Broege, Lindsey Smith and Alyssa King By Lori Findlay, advisor and teacher at Silver Lake Intermediate School Oconomowoc, WI – Many schools offer volunteer…

Kettle Moraine Garden Club provides patients with unseen gifts

A sense of calm. Increased mindfulness. Reduced stress. These are three of the many gifts patients who participate in horticultural therapy at Rogers Behavioral Health will never see, but instead will be felt, when they take home a Therapeutic Gardening Toolkit provided by a grant from the Kettle Moraine Garden Club. “Since horticultural therapy was…

Biathlete and eating disorder survivor Paul Schommer breaks down stigma during quest for 2018 Olympics

Ten years ago, at the age of 15, young sports enthusiast Paul Schommer found himself in a race against time when his father passed away unexpectedly and his battle with anorexia began spiraling out of control. After being hospitalized and undergoing months of unsuccessful therapy sessions, his doctor recommended he receive round-the-clock, residential treatment at…

You want me to go WHERE?

“Oconomowoc,” our admissions counselor tells the parent on the other end of the line, “It’s in Wisconsin, near Milwaukee.” You can almost see the concern through the telephone as the thought of packing up her 12-year-old daughter and flying her to some city in the middle of the country sinks in. I mean, it’s called…

Our Impact

Last year, Rogers Foundation invested $4.4 million in our mission to advance treatment, education, advocacy and research on behalf of people with mental health or addiction challenges, their families and the communities we serve. Here are a few numbers that will give you an idea of the impact Rogers Foundation has had on mental health…

Nine years of addiction, nine years of recovery and counting

When Ted, a Minneapolis financial advisor, was 12, he smoked marijuana for the first time. That spurred a nine-year detour into drugs and alcohol that led to detox followed by 90 days of treatment at Rogers’ Herrington Recovery Center. Today, Ted celebrates more than nine years of sobriety. Ted often senses the silent question everyone…

How your cell phone could help treat depression

An estimated 20% of the US will experience clinical depression during their lives—but not everyone has the means to seek treatment. Listen to a recent broadcast of Lake Effect (WUWM - Milwaukee Public Radio) to hear Dr. Halverson, Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Riemann, Chief Clinical Officer, explain how Rogers is exploring ways to make…

Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good night

With the shelves now empty, Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation has officially turned off the lights and said good night to the 2017 “Give for a Better Day” holiday drive. The event brought quite a clatter to 468 children and teens going through treatment at Rogers Behavioral Health during the holidays. To wondering eyes appeared an…

Stop. Can you feel change happening?

Can you feel it? It’s a beat of the heart before trying something new. It’s a tingle of surprise before bursting into laughter. It’s a sting of emotion before crying tears of joy. Can you feel it? At Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation, it’s a flutter of hope before springing into action. We are on a…

Judson & Associates Creates Avalanche of Gift Giving

This holiday, the employees, friends and clients of Judson & Associates came together with a holiday drive that raised a sleigh-full of toys, gift cards and generous cash donations that allowed young patients at Rogers to enjoy this festive time of year with others in their treatment program. Each year, the company typically selects an…

Open your eyes. Can you see change happening?

Can you see it? It’s a bird spreading its wings before it takes flight. It’s a sunflower tilting its face toward the morning sun. It’s a tiny bud before the bloom of color. Can you see it? At Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation, it’s a a note of thanks once shared as “anonymous” that has evolved…

Listen. Can you hear change happening?

Can you hear it? It’s the sound of a raindrop before the downpour. It’s the sound of a whistle before the start of the race. It’s the sound of one person’s clap before the standing ovation. Can you hear it? At Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation, it’s the sound of voices that were once silent, now…

Dawn makes the most of the tools she learned at Rogers

When she was just 11 years old, Dawn suffered a tragic loss – her dad died of suicide. Already an anxious child, the traumatic event disrupted everything in her world. She didn’t know how to handle it, and her mom didn’t provide much support, so Dawn learned to hide her feelings and go on. However,…

MSI General Corporation Gets Into the Spirit of Giving

Thanks to MSI General Corporation, the children in treatment at Rogers will have the chance to rip the wrapping paper from a gift of their own this holiday, even though they are away from home. The Santa wannabes at MSI donated $500 worth of toys and gift cards as part of the company’s True Blue…

VJS Holiday Toy Drive Spurs Donations With Friendly Competition

Santa’s workshop received a little help this year, thanks to a friendly toy drive competition held at VJS Construction Services, Pewaukee. Employees brightened up the holidays for children and teens going through treatment at Rogers by donating gift items. To spur participation among their staff and also have a little fun, the company turned the…

“Party with a Twist” Collects Gifts for Children and Teens

On a festive night in late November, a group of women gathered together to kick off the holiday season – and to show love and care to children and adolescents in residential programs at Rogers. Dubbed Party with a Twist, hostess Jill Hazod asked her guests to donate items that could be gifted to children…

Angel Fund Assists in Gaining Educational Supports for Teen

Dear Rogers Foundation, A huge thank you from the treatment team at the Adolescent Center for helping one of our patients with an Angel Fund gift to help fund academic placement testing, as well as learning disability and other screenings. The family appeared surprised at the gift. In fact, they refused it at first. It…

It’s No Trick! Trustmark’s Halloween Treats Raise Money For Gift Giving

Pictured: Kelly and her daughter, Adrianna, who’s treatment at Rogers inspired the community fundraising and awareness event. Trustmark Voluntary Benefit Solutions spread out a “monstrous” assortment of delicious cookies, brownies and more during a Halloween bake/appetizer sale that raised $200 for the purchase of gifts for children and adolescents who are in residential treatment at…

Make decisions about sharing your story: PAID program for teens living with a mental health challenge

Rogers InHealth is looking for Oconomowoc-area high school students to participate in the Honest, Open, Proud (HOP) program to help teens explore their own personal story of mental health challenges. Participants who complete the program will receive $75. The first session starts on Monday, October 30, at 3:30 pm at the YMCA at Pabst Farms.…

Rogers proudly supports biathlete and eating disorder survivor Paul Schommer on quest for Olympics

Ten years ago, at the age of 15, young sports enthusiast Paul Schommer found himself in a race against time when his father passed away unexpectedly and his battle with anorexia began spiraling out of control. After being hospitalized with a low heart rate due to emaciation and several more months of unsuccessful therapy sessions,…

Grants available for outpatient OCD and anxiety treatment

For those struggling with behavioral health challenges, life-changing treatment can be costly. Unfortunately, as with general medical care, insurance doesn’t always cover the total cost of a person’s behavioral health treatment or the length of treatment that may be most beneficial. No one wants to face going without a life-saving medical operation because of finances.…

Rogers staff brings mission to life at Rogers Golf Classic

Thanks to Rogers staff for donating their time and talents to help the 22nd Annual Rogers Golf Classic raise a record $113,000 for patients in need of financial assistance! More than a dozen staff members came out to lend their support at the Rogers Golf Classic held on July 17, 2017 at The Legend at…

Hold a Holiday Drive for Rogers’ Young Patients

“This is the best place ever!” This is a direct quote from a child at Rogers after opening her presents during a special holiday party on her unit. This sweet girl, along with more than 449 additional children and teens at Rogers, were able to experience joy over the holiday season last year, thanks to…

Grow Carts Produce Fresh Perspectives on Life

Pictured: Julie Meier (left) and Katy Luedke (right), members of the Kettle Moraine Garden Club, learn the benefits of grow light carts in supporting mental health at Rogers Memorial Hospital from horticultural therapist Jonathan Irish (center). “See the dirt resting on top of that seedling? It’s a heavy load for that tiny plant to hold.…

Rhythm and sound abound at the Women’s Gathering

What do feelings sound like? How music touches the soul, opens the mind and heals the heart. Watch: Karen’s Presentation Watch: Daniel’s Presentation (including “This Journey of Mine”)  View the Photo Gallery This was the featured topic at the 13th Annual Women’s Gathering fundraising and awareness event hosted by Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation on May…

Rogers Foundation Chosen for Random Act of Kindness

Peace by Hearts (PbH) is a charity dedicated to providing positive messages to those going through difficult times, using hand-made crocheted hearts to help deliver these powerful messages. Rogers Foundation is proud to have been recently selected to receive 100 of these beautiful hearts. Liza Gilbert, co-founder of Peace by Hearts reached out to us…

Cobeen residents swing through cold and drizzle for eating disorder awareness

“Born to be real, not to be perfect.” This was the theme of the 11th Annual Cobeen Swing-a-Thon held April 27-28, 2017 at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Amidst the drizzle and cool temperatures, approximately 60 students and staff members pumped their legs back and forth in an effort to swing for 24 continuous hours…

Unexpected gift allows weekend with son without worry

Dear Rogers Foundation, I just wanted to thank you for the generous donation of $400 for travel expenses. It was completely unexpected and caught us off guard, so I didn’t get the chance to appropriately express just how much it means to us and how grateful we are. We are beyond touched. It’s been a tough year,…

2016 Impact Report

Research Funding for research allowed Rogers Behavioral Health to hire two research teams to study the effects of Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) when administered via mobile application with individuals diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The studies are evaluating CMB as a stand-alone treatment tool (community-based), as well as a treatment enhancement tool (patient-based). Stand-alone…

There’s an app for that?

The statistics are striking. Millions of people suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression. While cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the treatment of choice, the sad reality is that due to geographic, financial, or time restrictions, an overwhelming number of people with these mental health challenges continue to suffer needlessly. Backed by desire and financing…

Rogers Foundation and behavioral specialist bring the healing power of music to patients

“The guitar can be like having a friend: one that is always there, and at-the-ready to participate in mutual expression, often invoking deep and profound emotion.” Mike Witte, behavioral specialist at the Eating Disorders Center (EDC) in Delafield, has been playing guitar since he was 12 years old. Most recently, he added the ukulele to…

Zywave Shows Heart for Mental Health

As a part of their “Helping Handz” charitable giving program, Zywave, an insurance broker software company based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, chose Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation as the recipient of their fundraising initiatives for the month of February. Grace Evans, talent support specialist at Zywave, explains, “We chose to support Rogers, as some members of…

Students at Silver Lake Intermediate Fill Emotional Toolkits for Patients at Rogers

Coping is cool…and not just in school! Members of the National Junior Honor Society at Silver Lake Intermediate School in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, learned first-hand how everyday items can be used as powerful therapeutic tools to calm one’s mind and body. The students organized their own “Give for a Better Day” coping skills drive as a…

Ellenbecker Investment Group “Casually” Supports Holiday Drive

Each month, Ellenbecker Investment Group selects a non-profit organization that was recommended by an employee. Anyone who gives a gift or monetary donation to that organization can dress casual on a select Friday of the month. Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation is grateful to have been selected just in time for the holiday season, providing an…

Donation Box at Wells Street Station Apartments Filled with Love and Support

Wells Street Station Apartments in Delafield, Wisconsin held a “Give for a Better Day” Holiday Drive in support of children and teens at Rogers Memorial Hospital. They set out a large empty box that was beautifully decorated for the holidays. On it was a wish list of items, including: coloring books, colored pencils, markers, crayons…

The Coffee is Just Right for These Bears at Starbuck’s on Bluemound

Thanks to some very special employees and customers at Starbuck’s (on the corner of Bluemound and Calhoun roads) in Brookfield, Wisconsin, a handful of children at Rogers were able to unwrap the precious gift of a teddy bear this holiday season. The Foundation extends a warm thank you to Starbucks for promoting the “Give for…

Lakeland Supply, Inc. Believes in the Season of Giving

For the children and families receiving treatment at Rogers Memorial Hospital over the holidays, it can be an especially trying time. Having a special holiday celebration with gifts to open is an incredibly meaningful and joyous experience for the kids. The employees at Lakeland Supply, Inc. in Waukesha, Wisconsin truly takes this to heart as…

Patients at Rogers Get Warm and Cozy with Gifts from Costco

Thank you to Costco in Brookfield for holding an employee Holiday Drive in support of children and teens undergoing treatment at Rogers Memorial Hospital. The employees donated a gift card, as well as a wonderful selection of comfy pajamas and winter clothing to keep kids warm this season. Next up: May is National Mental Health…

Angel Fund Gifts Make Holidays Bright for Patients at Rogers

Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation has officially closed down Santa’s workshop for the 2016 holiday season. “Thanks to the enormous support from of this year’s “Give for a Better Day” holiday drive, the foundation was able to distribute gifts to more than 450 children and teens going through treatment over the holidays,” reported Linda Schieble, special…

Chapel Dedication Honors Carol Jefferies

This November marked the 11th anniversary of offering Spiritual Care to patients at Rogers Memorial Hospital. A special dedication of the chapel at Rogers Memorial Hospital – Oconomowoc was held to honor Carol Jefferies, who served as a chaplain from November 2005 to April 2016, in addition to honoring the dedicated efforts of the following…

Rogers Helps Restore Mental Health and Wellness to Twin Cities Area

Dr. Tracey Lichner, PhD In May of 2016, Rogers Behavioral Health welcomed its fourth regional outpatient clinic in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, providing care for adults, teens and children with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders, as well as adults with mood disorders. “The clinic has been very well received by individuals, as well as other…

Molly Wissler Dedicates Her Time to the Mission

Molly Wissler is a registered nurse in the Adolescent Center for OCD and Anxiety. She’s worked at Rogers for 22 years – her entire professional career! She always wanted to work in behavioral medicine, inspired, in part, by her dad who provided vocational services to those with developmental disabilities. In 1994, Molly began working in…

Journals Provide Unique Techniques for Coping

The altered book is one of several journaling techniques used at Rogers to help individuals cope with stress, process feelings, and express artistic abilities. An altered book is a book that has been changed into a work of visual art through painting, drawing, collage, and other embellishments. Using journals provided by the Foundation’s Angel Fund,…

Eliminating Stigma One Story at a Time

Since its inception, Rogers InHealth has been at the forefront in the quest to decrease the stigma of mental illness. This past year, this pursuit took a major step forward through the introduction of Honest, Open, Proud: To Eliminate the Stigma of Mental Illness – High School (HOP-HS). When facing mental health challenges, the stories…

Rogers Foundation Collecting Toys and Other Gifts for Patients

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. – In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation is encouraging individuals and businesses to consider donating a gift for the Give for A Better Day Holiday Gift Drive for children ages 8 through 17 enrolled in Rogers Memorial Hospital’s behavioral health programs. According to Matthias Schueth, executive VP for…

Day by Day, Patients with Treatment-Resistant Depression Gain their Lives Back Through TMS

Approximately one-third of men and women who are diagnosed with major depressive disorder are unable to alleviate their symptoms with psychotherapy or medication. Some have spent years trying to stabilize their mood disorder unsuccessfully, leaving them with little hope and no answers. Until recently. Through a generous donation by Dr. Michael and Billie Kubly, Rogers…

Generous Donation Helps Pilot an Aftercare Program for OCD and Anxiety

While many patients make great progress during treatment, maintaining those gains in the weeks and months after treatment can be a challenge. To help, aftercare programs, such as support groups, are known to help alleviate the threat of relapse and repeated hospitalizations and are recognized as a tool that contributes to sustaining long-term recovery. Thanks…

21st Annual Rogers Golf Classic Raises $106,000 for Patient Care

VIEW THE 2016 PHOTO GALLERY The 21st Annual Rogers Golf Classic was held on Monday, July 18 at The Legend at Brandybrook in Wales, Wisconsin. Sold-out with 144 golfers in attendance, we are pleased to announce that this year’s golf outing drew the highest proceeds in the outing’s history, with a total of $106,000. The…

10th Annual Cobeen Swing-a-Thon

Residents at Marquette University’s Cobeen Hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin have once again shown their big hearts as they held their 10th Annual Swing- a -Thon to raise awareness for eating disorders. The Swing- a-Thon was held on April 28-29. A total of about 144 residents took turns swinging for 36 straight hours. Pledges were raised…

Silver Lake Students Make a Difference

The National Junior Honor Society at Silver Lake Intermediate School in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin decided for their service project that they wanted to make coping skill boxes for the patients at Rogers. There are about 48 members of the NJHS that were involved in this project. Throughout the month of March, about 28 boxes were made…

Jazzercise Delafield Center Donates to Rogers

Jazzercise Delafield Center located in Delafield, Wisconsin was very generous to donate an abundance of toys and gifts to our patients at Rogers Memorial Hospital Oconomowoc. May was National Health Awareness month and Delafield Jazzercise owner Ann Lestina, promoted collecting “coping skills” items for the patients at Rogers Memorial hospital during the entire month. At…

Yoga on the Green (June 27 & 29) to Benefit Rogers

Printable PDF WHEN 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 27 & Wednesday, June 29 WHERE Village Green in Oconomowoc (corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Main Street) HOW MUCH The outdoor sessions are free, but a suggested $10 donation is requested. Each week, the donations benefit a local charity. On June 27 & 29, all…

2016 Initiatives

Research Rogers Memorial Hospital, in cooperation with San Diego State University, has been conducting clinical research using a computer-based software treatment tool known as Attention Retraining Program (ARP). Studies show that using ARP leads to a reduction in symptoms for such disorders as depression, PTSD and anxiety. Additional large-scale studies and software advancements are on…

Two Thumbs Up: Carter’s Ready to Go Home

Carter was born with a congenital heart defect and has had to endure many surgeries in life. An anxious child, the ongoing stress from being sick seemed to overwhelm him. In first grade, he was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). We were managing it at home when his younger brother was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome,…

2015 Impact Report

Last year, more children, teens and adults experienced the benefits of Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation’s life-saving initiatives than ever before. Below are just a few examples of how your donations made an impact: Patient Care Grants Grant funding was expanded to include the hospital’s new outpatient clinics in Brown Deer (WI), Nashville (TN), and Skokie…

Making the Holidays Special for Patients

“I have worked in the admissions department at Rogers Memorial Hospital since March 2008. One day, I had completed a patient’s screening over the phone. This person felt hopeless. After initially resisting our help, he finally came. While here, he reached a milestone birthday, so I decided I would bring him a dessert and card…

Linda’s Generous Heart Gives Joy to Children at Rogers

When Linda Buxa heard about the children and teens going through treatment at Rogers Memorial Hospital over Christmas, her heart was heavy. As she walked around the stores this holiday season, she began to cry thinking about these kids going through such a difficult time in their lives. Familiar with our mission, Linda knew she…

Lakeland Supply, Inc. Provides Gifts & Blessings of Healing

The Christmas spirit was alive and well at Lakeland Supply, Inc. in Waukesha, where a group of employees gathered in the foyer to welcome representatives from Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation as they arrived to pick up donated items from the company’s “Give for a Better Day” employee holiday drive. The mission of the company was…

Employees at VJS Construction Services Give for a Better Day

This holiday season, the employees at VJS Construction Services, Inc. joined together to host a “Give for a Better Day” holiday drive. A large collection of games and toys were donated, which will provide countless hours of happiness for the youngest of patients going through treatment at Rogers Memorial Hospital over the holidays. Many of…

Ellenbecker Investment Group Hosts “Give for a Better” Holiday Drive

Special thank you to Ellenbecker Investment Group, Inc. in Pewaukee for hosting an employee giving driving benefiting patients at Rogers. This is the second year the company has chosen Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation as their charity of choice for donating clothing, toys, art supplies and other much-needed items in support of patients undergoing treatment for…

Catholic Memorial Students Bring Touching Donations

A group of Catholic Memorial students came to Rogers Foundation last week with several thoughtful and touching donations. One of the students, familiar with the Rogers’ mission, presented the idea of doing a small drive where she encouraged other students to create “coping skills” packages. Within these packages are many useful items for patients, but…

A Big Thanks to Donna and Her MSOE Team for Generous Donations!

We would like to thank Rogers’ Health and Wellness Coordinator Donna Hassan and her team Chris Getter, Tony Fuger, Dwight Fameree, Kimberly Fischer and Mindy Davies for taking the initiative to create a mini-drive tied to our annual “Give For A Better Day” campaign. Donna, along with her team, put this drive together because of…

Give For A Better Day: Holiday Drive 2015

This year, grab your co-workers and organize a collection drive to support patients in need at Rogers Memorial Hospital. In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, Rogers Foundation’s Angel Fund is collecting new gift donations for children ages 4 through 17 enrolled in Rogers Memorial Hospital’s behavioral health programs. Gifts can be as simple as…

Charles E. Kubly FOCUS Center Dedicated

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. – Rogers Memorial Hospital recently held a ceremony to dedicate the Charles E. Kubly FOCUS Center, renaming the facility that houses the FOCUS residential treatment program. The facility, undergoing final renovations, will have expanded capacity for up to 33 residents. FOCUS began in 2014 as an intensive residential program for young adults age…

A Mother’s Passion Inspires Grant from Trustmark

Pictured (left to right): John and Kelley Hamann with daughter Adrianna Covert; Matthias Schueth, Executive Vice President of Rogers Foundation; Janet Barber, Chief Operations Officer at Trustmark As a part of its commitment to community service, Trustmark Foundation recently awarded a $13,000 grant to Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation. It was the passion of Kelley Hamann,…

It’s Wonderful to Get Help When You’re Stressed to the Limit

By Michelle Bradley, Mother: After months of physical pain, Luke woke up from getting his gallbladder removed, and he wasn’t the same kid. The physical pain was gone, but in its place was the mental anguish from so many doctors telling him, week-after-week, that he was faking his pain. Out of the blue, he was…

Partnership to Increase Advocacy and Awareness of Mental Health Disease in Milwaukee’s Inner City

It’s 8:30 a.m. and Rogers InHealth is facilitating a group of community residents and organizations from Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods to brainstorm for ideas on how to create an atmosphere of compassion toward children's mental health challenges. This isn’t the first time this group has met, and their ultimate goal is to determine how, as…

New Hospital Brings the Promise of Better Days Ahead

Accessibility to Rogers’ Renowned Services Increases The summer of 2015 marks a milestone in our mission to increase accessibility to quality mental healthcare with the opening of Rogers Memorial Hospital’s new 56-bed inpatient facility in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. The third comprehensive behavioral health campus for Rogers, this hospital provides inpatient care and stabilization for children,…

You’re Invited! Kowabunga Comics to Raise Funds for Rogers (Sept. 12)

Kowabunga Comics is partnering with Rogers Memorial Hospital to help raise funds for Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Angel Fund, and they would love to have as many Rogers family and friends as possible come down and join in the fun. On September 12, Kowabunga Comics (102 North Main Street, downtown Oconomowoc) is hosting The World’s…

Share Your Heart!

Heart of Canal Street is Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s community program that raises funds for children’s charities – and Rogers Memorial Foundation is in the running to be a beneficiary. Heart of Canal Street has raised more than $14.6 million for hundreds of area children’s charities since 1994. The program began as a way to…

Join us! Yoga on the Green to benefit Rogers Foundation (Aug. 19 & 21)

Printable PDF: Yoga on the Green You are invited to increase body awareness, relieve stress, reduce muscle tension, sharpen concentration and calm the nervous system! Get all these mental health benefits and more at: Yoga on the Green 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 19 & Friday, August 21 Village Green in Oconomowoc (corner…

Mission Accomplished at 20th Annual Rogers Golf Classic

VIEW PHOTO GALLERY The 20th Annual Rogers Golf Classic has come and gone, but the effects of its success will benefit patients and families at Rogers Memorial Hospital for many months to come! This year’s event drew the highest proceeds in the outing’s history, with a total of $105,000 contributing toward such life-saving initiatives as…

YMCA at Pabst Farms Coordinates Donation Drive

In honor of National Mental Health Awareness month which was celebrated in May, the Togetherhood committee at the YMCA at Pabst Farms in Oconomowoc coordinated a special donation drive to collect coping skill items used by patients at Rogers Memorial Hospital. Led by Dione Funk, the project was held in partnership with Rogers Memorial Hospital…

2015 Spring Newsletter

This is the overriding philosophy at the Nashotah program, a new residential program at Rogers Memorial Hospital designed for girls, ages 12 to 17 years old. It specializes in treating patients with depression, anxiety, mood disorders and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as girls who exhibit poor self-regulation skills, including self-harm.

2014 Winter Newsletter

Kelly Frank Kemnitz is no stranger when it comes to the devastating effects of mental illness. She lost both parents to alcoholism before her 24th birthday and her husband to depression four years ago. But, she doesn’t want your pity. Instead, Kelly chooses to turn her pain into empowerment, working alongside Rogers Foundation to break the stigma of mental illness and raise funds to help people put their lives and families back together again.