As Rogers expands nationwide, our main campus in Oconomowoc continues to see the largest increase in people seeking help. With this growth comes a sense of responsibility for family members, caregivers of our patients, and the broader community. The time has come to develop a place for retreating, learning, finding spiritual connections, and discovering new ways to advance mental health treatment.
To that end, we are proud to announce the Ladish Co. Foundation Center. Made possible, in part, by a $2 million donation from the Ladish Co. Foundation, the Ladish Center will serve as a centerpiece on Rogers’ main campus. It is being designed with six primary components in mind: Ronald McDonald Family Room, Rogers Research Center, Rogers Foundation, a chapel and meditation garden for spiritual care, community rooms, and a board room.
We are incredibly appreciative of the Ladish Co. Foundation, as well as all of our donors for making this resource possible for our patient families and community:
- Hurlbut-Johnson Charitable Trusts
- Bob and Mary Olson
- Roehl Foundation
- Stackner Family Foundation
- The Tadross Family
- Theodore W. Batterman Family Foundation, Inc.
Ronald McDonald Family Room
For more than three decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Eastern Wisconsin has been providing respite for families overnight at their Wauwatosa, Wisconsin location. Now, for only the second time in the RMHC Global Charity system, it is partnering with a behavioral health organization. This partnership with Rogers will result in the Ronald McDonald Family Room within the Ladish Co. Foundation Center, providing daytime hospitality services for family members and caregivers of individuals going through treatment at Rogers.
The Family Room will serve as a safe, comfortable space free of stigma and judgment for family members to take a break from the stress of the treatment environment. Here, they can relax, prepare a meal or have a snack, and even take a nap. Within the Ronald McDonald House Family Room, family members will find:
- An outdoor play area for children
- An indoor area for arts and crafts as well as technology offerings
- Spaces for families to rest and refresh with showering facilities and areas for relaxation
- Kitchen facilities and a dining area
Interested in volunteering?
A team of volunteers will help create a warm and welcoming environment for families when the Ladish Center opens in July 2021. Volunteers will assist with greeting and checking-in families and maintaining a clean, well-organized and adequately stocked Family Room. Email Rogers Foundation to receive more information as it becomes available.
Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation
Rogers is what it is today, in part, because grateful patients and their families wish to give back for the care they received. Some become advocates for Rogers on a national level, others host events on behalf of Rogers, and others make financial contributions that result in helping families with free treatment, building and program expansions. All share the common element: connection to Rogers Foundation.
Moving the Foundation inside the Ladish Co. Foundation Center signals the important role that grateful patients have and will continue to play in helping Rogers achieve its mission of providing highly effective mental health and addiction treatment that helps people reach their full potential for health and well-being.
Rogers Research Center
In 2020, Rogers Research Center was created as the result of a generous donation. The Ladish Center will become the permanent home of the Research Center when the building opens in the summer of 2021. It will occupy approximately 4000 square feet of space and will house a bench laboratory, patient sample biorepository, technology lab, conference rooms, and research participant consult areas.
With the goal of advancing evidence-based practice and improving mental health outcomes through innovation and research, Rogers Research Center’s vision is to become the premier patient-centered mental health research organization in the nation.
Rogers Research Center programs are concentrated in three distinct areas, or Research Cores, that represent the highest priority areas for clinical impact and improved outcomes. These priority research cores include Medical and Physiological, Treatment Delivery and Technology Innovation.
Chapel and spiritual care
Rogers believes that healing involves the mind, body, and spirit. Supported 100% by the Foundation, Rogers offers supportive spiritual care resources specifically designed to address spirituality as a part of treatment.
For the past 15 years, our spiritual care department and a small chapel were located within a building on the main campus. In 2019, due to overwhelming treatment demand, this area was converted into patient rooms. While it seems unfortunate, it was actually a blessing. Over the years, the spiritual care program had outgrown its space and become virtually inaccessible to families, staff, and patients due to security and confidentiality requirements of the treatment spaces around it.
Moving the spiritual care department to the Ladish Center brings with it several benefits for holistic healing, including:
- Easy access to the chapel for patient families and support groups.
- A more spacious chapel with seating for up to 40 people, which will allow ample space for ecumenical services.
- An enhanced connection to nature, as the chapel will feature large windows and access to the outdoors.
Conference hall and community rooms
Recovering from mental health or substance use disorders can feel like a lonely place to be. Many people on this journey find solace and sustained recovery through community networks and shared experiences with like-minded individuals. So, too, do their family members. The common experiences of support group participants mean that members usually feel understood and supported. Participants may have similar experiences and struggles, as well as worries about what comes next.
The Ladish Center is designed to provide a welcoming atmosphere, offering dignity and respect to former patients, their families, and the local community, along with opportunities to participate in life-enriching experiences such as:
- Patient alumni groups and events
- Educational workshops/parent universities for family members
- Educational lectures
- Community support groups for individuals and families
- Community summits on timely and relevant topics
Rogers is leading the behavioral health industry in outcomes driven patient care. We did not get to this position by accident. The foundation for this stature of respect and vision for the future was laid when Rogers first opened its doors more than a century ago. Today, it is propelled by executive leadership plus a volunteer board of directors who lend time and expertise to guide Rogers and its mission. The Ladish Co. Foundation Center will include dedicated space for this critical thinking and decision-making. It is fitting that this board room will be located within this restorative environment that honors past, current, and future patients as well as their families and the community.