Horticultural Therapy

With the addition of a therapeutic garden and greenhouse on the Oconomowoc campus, ongoing support from the Foundation will further enhance development of the horticultural therapy program under the guidance of the hospital’s certified horticultural therapist, John Irish. The therapeutic garden project was made possible with support from the Hurlbut-Johnson Family Fund and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation – Walter and Catherine Lindsay Fund.

Building for the Future

Since 1907, Rogers Behavioral Health has grown alongside the practice of behavioral health. In fact, our treatment programs and facilities are in a continuous state of evolution to meet the needs of our patients.

The Foundation plays an important role in ensuring that patients and families who come to Rogers are immersed in an atmosphere filled with dignity and respect. One that promotes mental health and wellness above all: tranquil, private, quiet, modern, spacious, and light.

Thanks to generous donors, the Foundation has supported the hospital through the following building projects:

  • September 2009 – Herrington Recovery Center
    $2M campaign for a new treatment facility for substance use disorders located on the serene shoreline of Upper Nashotah Lake.
  • September 2012 – Inpatient wing, Experiential Therapy Center and new Child & Adolescent Center building
    $3.5M campaign for a new inpatient wing, a new experiential therapy center complete with gymnasium and climbing elements, and a new two-story home for our Child & Adolescent Centers.

It is not enough that patients and families have heard about the renowned treatment programs at Rogers, they must also be able to see them.


The new building for Experiential Therapy was funded in part by a legacy gift from Dr. Gayleen Eilers. Named in her memory, the building reflects the integrity and courage with which she lived her life and her hope to make a bright future for those affected by mental illness.