Rogers celebrates Sheboygan grand opening, while expanding more Wisconsin sites08/13/21 11:35:am
More than 60 members from local community, health, and educational organizations joined Rogers on July 20 for a grand opening celebration of the new Sheboygan outpatient clinic and first-ever supportive living facility.
“With the expansion of services now into the Sheboygan area, we’re able to provide intensive evidence-based treatment to this community, including Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, and all areas in between,” said clinical director David Jacobi, PhD, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Dr. Jacobi was one of several clinic members who greeted guests during guided visits of the 10,000-square-foot facility. While discussing program offerings, they invited visitors into areas, including the sensory room, experimental therapy room, group rooms, and an individual workplace for OCD patients.
They also highlighted the local artwork and unveiled the community room, which will be used for yoga, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, CE programs, and more.
“We hope that by welcoming the community into our clinic it will help to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health,” said Sheboygan operations manager September Casteel during a group tour.
Julie Preder, executive director, Mental Health America in Sheboygan County, was one of the attendees who toured the clinic and adjacent two-story supportive living facility.
“I’m elated to see such a comforting environment for individuals looking to find overall mental wellness again in life,” she said of the 12-bed supportive living facility opening soon. “It’s such a comprehensive program, and it’s now in our own backyard.”
Erin Johnson, an advanced practice nurse practitioner at the Sheboygan clinic, said the site is a significant asset to the community she calls home.
“I lived here my whole life, and I never imagined a clinic like this would come to Sheboygan and we would have these resources available to such a small, tight-knit community that needs them so desperately,” Erin said.
Rogers advocate and local resident Lee Gentine shared his personal experience with Rogers during the ribbon-cutting ceremony and how he found it to be a place of hope and healing.
“When you’re struggling with mental illness or addiction, it can feel very lonely,” Gentine said. “But they are not things to be suffered through on your own. There are so many people who can and who want to help. I’m so proud that those who are suffering can now get that help right here in our community.”
The more someone attends treatment, the better the success rates, according to Signa Meyers, executive director of operations for Rogers’ Northern Service Area.
“Attending treatment works, and we’re going to have patients who are really close to the clinic be able to come over and access care,” she said.
While one in five adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness, only 30% of those people will receive treatment, Sean LeNoue, MD, associate medical director of Rogers’ Regional Division, told guests.
“Our ability to now bring together even greater support and education to patients and families is a great opportunity to continue to make positive impacts and changes in people’s lives and further our ability to push the standard and take treatment to the next level,” Dr. LeNoue said.
Now it’s time for advocates to spread the word, according to Sheboygan Mayor Ryan Sorenson who attended the ribbon cutting.
“We need to make sure we’re cheerleaders for Rogers,” he said. “We need to tell friends, family, and coworkers about this tremendous resource so that those who do need help can get help.”
In addition to Sheboygan, more Wisconsin sites and programs have recently opened. Below is a recap:
Brown Deer’s outpatient clinic opened a Focus Depression Recovery intensive outpatient program (IOP) for adolescents on August 2.
Meanwhile, construction continues on Brown Deer’s new residential care center, which broke ground in June. The residential building will be connected to the current inpatient facility at 4600 W. Schroeder Drive, and is expected to open by summer 2022.
The Ladish Co. Foundation Center on the Oconomowoc campus celebrated its completion with a grand opening celebration on August 11 and an event for employees and neighbors the following day. The building is the new home of Rogers’ hospitality and spiritual care services, the Ronald McDonald Family Room, the Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation, and the Rogers Research Center.
For more details, photos, and video footage from the opening celebration, please see a separate story in this month’s “Expanding our reach” section of Insight.
West Allis expanded its outpatient services in July with the addition of Focus Depression Recovery. An adult partial hospitalization program (PHP), adolescent PHP, and adolescent IOP opened July 12, while the adult IOP opened July 19.