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APPLETON, WI. – As a nationally recognized leader in treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder, Rogers Memorial Hospital chose OCD Awareness Week to welcome referring providers and local business representatives to its new facility in the Fox Valley. The grand opening is Thursday, October 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 4351 W. College Ave., Suite 300.
Care for OCD and related anxiety disorders is one of four specialized partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) offered for adults at Rogers Memorial Hospital-Appleton, which opened September 21. Also offered are programs for treatment of eating disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder and depression.
“We’re pleased to say we’ve been seeing a good flow of patients since the day we opened,” says David Drewek, director of operations. “That just speaks to the need for the type of specialized care that we provide, which goes hand-in-hand with the quality behavioral healthcare already available here locally.”
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a disorder of the brain and behavior that causes severe anxiety in those affected. At Rogers--Appleton, patients will find the same application of cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure and response prevention treatment that guides all Rogers OCD and anxiety programming. Rogers is one of the few worldwide offering a full scope of services, from residential care in Oconomowoc to specialized partial hospital and intensive outpatient programs. Its expertise in OCD has been the foundation for a growing network of services in Wisconsin and, added over the past year, in Tampa, FL,Nashville, TN, and Skokie, IL.
With the Appleton opening, Rogers chose to build upon its strength in OCD and anxiety treatment right from the start with the three additional partial programs.
“We know it’s valuable for our OCD patients to have convenient options for outpatient care, whether that is a step up from local outpatient care or a step down from residential care,” says Ted Weltzin, MD, a regional medical director for Rogers who is recognized for his expertise in eating disorder treatment. “And we know that’s just as true for our patients facing other diagnoses.”
Since announcing the Appleton opening last spring, Nicky Weisensel, MD, psychiatrist, has joined Drewek and Dr. Weltzin as part of a 16-member team which also includes behavioral specialists, nurses, experiential therapists, admissions, social workers and other support staff. They will be further supported by four specialists from the Oconomowoc campus.
For more information about OCD Awareness Week and the International OCD Foundation, go to www.iocdf.org/ocdweek(link is external). Patients and referring providers can call Rogers—Appleton directly at 844-258-1072, or call 1-800-767-4411 or visit rogershospital.org to request a free screening.