2016 Initiatives


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 their way to make the software a standard treatment tool that is readily available to the public.

Stigma Reduction & Advocacy

The Foundation will continue to support Rogers InHealth in many ways, including one of their flagship projects for teens entitled: Honest Open and Proud (HOP) – The Adolescent Experience. Modeled after a successful HOP program for adults, the teen program was developed to help teens with mental health challenges learn skills to discern helpful and hurtful self-attitudes, understand the pros and cons of talking about their journey, and feel empowered to make effective disclosure choices. Working with Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination (WISE), the HOP model is being shared across the state and through international HOP partners around the globe.

Patient Care Grants & Angel Fund

Continued expansion of Rogers Memorial Hospital’s outpatient clinics will result in an increase in requests for assistance. Growing the patient care grant program is of particular significance as the Foundation continues to provide free treatment to individuals living with extreme financial constraints and limited insurance coverage. Likewise, the Angel Fund will play a vital role in allowing individuals to focus on recovery by alleviating such barriers as getting to treatment and affording co-pays for medicine.

Buildings & Grounds

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 first certified horticultural therapist, Kelly Wang.

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.

Eating Disorders Center The Foundation will take part in helping fund the construction of a multi-purpose center which will allow family members to become a more integral part of their loved one’s treatment and recovery. Current plans include a large kitchen, greenhouse and more hands-on scenarios to assist in making the transition back home more successful.

Spiritual Care

Chaplain Carol Jefferies, in conjunction with Dr. Brad Riemann and Dr. Beth Mungo, is creating an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Scrupulosity Treatment Handbook containing internal research and spiritual care interventions for use with our patients dealing with religious scrupulosity, a pathological fear of sinning or God. Funded by the Foundation, the Spiritual Care Department is breaking ground by developing curriculum to be used in treating this disease. Their work is already receiving national attention.