It’s DOG-gone hot at the Ladish Co. Foundation Center

Come! Sit! Stay!

On Thursday, July 13, staff from Rogers Behavioral Health’s Oconomowoc campus headed to the Ladish Co. Foundation Center for dip-n-dots, puppy chow, and hot dogs from local Premier MLB Partner League baseball team, the Lake Country DockHounds ( Along with some well-earned treats, staff had the opportunity to meet a very special new employee of Rogers – Kobe, experiential therapy assistant. Kobe is Rogers’ first facility dog for the Canine Assisted Intervention (CAI) program and is fully funded by Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation and generous donors.

Not only were staff able to meet Kobe, but they also had the chance to talk with his handlers, Mariah Skindingsrude, experiential therapist II, and Deana Grall, manager of experiential therapy, about the benefits of CAI and the ongoing pilot program, as well as anticipated plans for future expansion.

During the Open House, staff toured the Ronald McDonald Family Room, the Ladish Center’s conference space and Chapel, Rogers Research Center, and Rogers Foundation. They also  learned more about Rogers’ Outreach department and its focus on establishing and maintaining relationships with providers in the community. Sonya Garza, outreach representative, helped to co-host the event, bringing Rogers’ materials and items, such as squish balls, typically distributed at community events across the country.

Overall, the Open House was a success, welcoming over 100 staff members from various departments and teams, serving in a multitude of roles across the campus.