Recognition Wall Designed to Recognize and Rejoice 

We are honored to welcome the work of Zachary Oxman to Rogers Memorial Hospital. Sculptor and father of a former patient at Rogers, Oxman has designed a breathtaking work of art to recognize the donors of the Building Life Worth Living Capital Campaign.

Oxman is a renowned sculptor whose works have been exhibited and commissioned by galleries, private collectors and Presidents of the United States. His sculptures reflect his passion for capturing the human spirit, drawing inspiration from his own life.

Early in his career, Oxman’s work was inspired by the celebration of life. However, this changed as his daughter’s battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety took hold. His work became a physical manifestation of all the complexities of life, drawing on his families experience not only with the pain and struggle of mental illness, but also the triumph they experienced during their journey.

In the summer of 2012, the Oxmans traveled across the country to Rogers. It was here that his daughter received the help she desperately needed. Today, she is back at school, thriving and enjoying all that life has to offer.

The donor recognition wall created by Oxman not only pays tribute to those who have given to the capital campaign, but it also embodies the emotional journey of all those who come to Rogers. It was inspired by a poem he wrote on his daughter’s last day of treatment. The poem reads:

Alone in her pain
Together in her healing
The path emerges and she soars
Flying between me and the sun
I look up and rejoice in her shadow


Grant Offers New Hope for Patients with Depression

Thanks to a recent grant from Dr. Michael and Billie Kubly, Rogers Memorial Hospital was able to purchase the latest piece of technology in the treatment of depression: transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

TMS is a treatment in which magnetic pulses are used to stimulate the parts of the brain which are involved in mood regulation. It is a non-invasive technique, requires no anesthesia or sedation and is free of serious cognitive side-effects, such as memory loss.

TMS provides renewed hope for patients whose depression does not respond to antidepressants or who cannot tolerate their side effects. Many of these patients are desperate for alternative treatments, and TMS offers a chance for remission and regaining quality of life.

“This new treatment option is a ray of light for patients who’ve been unable to find recovery through traditional methods,” says Jerry Halverson, MD, Medical Director of Adult Services, “Thank you to the Kublys for this amazing gift to Rogers patients."

The Kubly’s son, Charlie, suffered from depression and tragically took his life when he was 28 years old. When talking to Billie about the grant, she explains, “This machine might have made a big difference for Charlie. We are more than delighted that we could do this, as it will help many.”

Rogers will introduce TMS in the beginning of 2014 as part of its new FOCUS program for mood disorders and depression in young adults. Since Rogers also treats a high volume of patients with co-occurring diagnoses, the hospital will consider its involvement in research studies to further the application of TMS.


Community Groups Raise Funds for Rogers

Pictured: Kathy Scherer and Beth Raab, co-chairs of the golf outingDrives Against Depression

The women’s golf league at Chenequa Country Club hosted their annual charity golf outing on July 31 with proceeds benefiting Rogers Foundation. The outing raised more than $2,700, plus an additional $1,000 in new stuffed animals and toiletry items for patients in need.

Make Miracles Happen!

Miracle on Canal Street is Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s signature community program. Half of each $3 bingo game purchased goes to the Miracle fund, which totaled nearly $1 million last year and provided funding to children’s charities in southeastern Wisconsin. Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation is in the running to be a 2013 Miracle charity. You can help give the gift of a promising future by playing now through December 12. Visit paysbig.com/miracle.


Foundation Supports New Initiatives for Stigma Reduction

Visit Rogers InHealth at rogersinhealth.org for more information.Rogers Behavioral Health System is pleased to introduce Rogers InHealth. This new entity was created to increase understanding, hope and supportive action for a wide range of constituents. These constituents include those who suffer from mental illness, their friends and family, professionals and the general public. 

Under the Rogers umbrella, the Foundation and InHealth will work hand-in-hand on behalf of those whose lives have been touched by mental illness. As InHealth strives to eliminate the stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination that make up the stigma of mental health, the Foundation strives to enhance accessibility and effective treatment options at Rogers. Together, the two entities have the ability to make an even greater impact toward helping those in need.     

Programming for InHealth is being supported through private donations made through the Foundation. In addition to funding Patient Care Grants, Spiritual Care, the Angel Fund, special equipment needs and program expansions at Rogers, the inclusion of InHealth allows the Foundation to expand its charitable services to benefit the community at large.

InHealth is being headed by co-directors Sue McKenzie, M.A., and Suzette Urbashich, M.S. They have recently launched a new website that features personal stories of recovery. The goal of the website is to encourage and support people in sharing their stories. This allows them to talk about mental health, break the isolation and demonstrate that treatment works. There is hope for recovery. “We can help to change the stereotypes around mental illness that put up barriers and interfere with people seeking support and treatment by sharing videos that highlight real stories of successful recovery," McKenzie said.

Wisconsin's Initiative for Stigma Elimination (WISE)

Rogers InHealth is leading a statewide collaboration of organizations and individuals. Known as WISE, this collaborative effort seeks to reduce the stigma of mental illness in Wisconsin by promoting the use of evidence based practices and outcome evaluation.

Research on addressing discrimination and stigma has shown that individuals' attitudes improve when they have direct contact with persons with mental illnesses, allowing them to know people beyond labels and myths.

The first collaboration is to create a toolkit that provides a framework for organizations to implement evidence-based stigma reduction plans and support for evaluation.

Based upon the experience in Wisconsin, the WISE model could be transferred to other states in order to start similar projects.



2013 Foundation Events

2013 Celebrate the Light Gala

November 2, 2013
NEW VENUE! The Pritzlaff Building
5:30 p.m. | Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. | Dinner & Program
9:00 p.m. | Dessert Station & Post-event Party

Host couples Calvin and Dr. Suzanne Schmidt & John and Wendi Curran invite you to attend the 2013 Celebrate the Light Gala. This year’s event will be held at the Pritzlaff Building, located just across the river from Milwaukee’s historic Third Ward. Modern. Sophisticated. And ever so chic. Discover your inner hipster at this year's gala!

9th Annual Women’s Gathering

May 22, 2013 - The 9th Annual Women’s Gathering was a great success, raising more than $25,800 for the Spiritual Care program at Rogers. Keynote speaker Trenni Kusnierek, sportscaster for Comcast SportsNet New England, shared her story of depression while Rachel Leonard, PhD, offered ways to help kick the blues to the curb!

10th Annual Women's Gathering: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at The Wisconsin Club

18th Annual Rogers Golf Classic

July 15, 2013 - The 18th Annual Rogers Golf Classic raised a record $86,000 for patients in need. While the day was filled with entertainment, the Foundation’s mission was always present. The evening program featured Patient Care Grant recipient, Lauren, who told supporters, “You gave me breath. You gave me life.”

 19th Annual Golf Outing: Monday, July 14, 2014 at The Legend at Brandybrook