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Rogers Behavioral Health breaks ground on new Ladish Center for mental health resources and research

(OCONOMOWOC, WIS)—Rogers Behavioral Health broke ground on its new mental health resource and research center on Wednesday, October 7, at 34700 Valley Rd. in Oconomowoc.

“It’s going to be a safe place for patients and their family members,” said Pat Hammer, president and CEO of Rogers Behavioral Health. “It truly is a one-of-a-kind resource for mental health. We been planning this for four years, so this is a great day.”

Expected to open in 2021, Rogers’ Ladish Center was made possible by a $2 million donation from the Ladish Co. Foundation as well as a collaborative partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® Eastern Wisconsin (RMHC).

“When we have organizations like Rogers that do phenomenal things for people, we want to help,” said Gary Vroman, trustee, Ladish Co. Foundation. “In this case, Rogers is stepping up, and it’s wonderful to support people who are doing the right thing.”

The Ladish Center will provide a central hub for patients and families to participate in educational and supportive programs. Rogers will offer support groups, presentations on mental health, and training for behavioral health professionals and community members. The center will also be home to hospitality and spiritual care services, as well as the Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation, Rogers Research Center, and the new Ronald McDonald Family Room®.

“Ronald McDonald House is honored to partner with Rogers Behavioral Health on this important project,” said Ann Petrie, President and CEO of RMHC® Eastern Wisconsin. “For the past 10 years we have served families whose children are being treated by Rogers and this project is the perfect opportunity to expand our program. Collaboration and partnerships are key, especially in today’s world, and having our longstanding supporters from Ladish Foundation joining us in this effort is helping us realize this dream of serving more families through this Ronald McDonald Family Room Program.”

“We know that patients who have families who are supportive and connected to their recovery have better outcomes, and for that, I am really thankful,” said Hammer.


About Rogers Behavioral Health

Rogers Behavioral Health is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit provider of mental health and addiction services. Rogers offers evidence-based treatment for adults, children, and teens with depression and mood disorders, eating disorders, addiction, OCD and anxiety disorders, trauma, and PTSD. In addition to a growing network of regional locations in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Rogers operates three inpatient behavioral health hospitals, nine residential programs, and seven outpatient centers in Wisconsin. The System also includes Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation and Rogers InHealth. Learn more at

About Ladish Co. Foundation

The Ladish Co. Foundation was established in 1952 by the company’s founder, Herman W. Ladish. He left an indelible legacy on the Milwaukee community, by building a company that employed countless families over many decades and also by creating a philanthropic platform to give back to the community. The original Foundation charter states that the Foundation is organized and shall be operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, or educational purposes. For the past 68 years the Foundation has routinely contributed to various South-Eastern Wisconsin non-profits, especially supporting those organizations that help people in their greatest time of need.

About RMHC® Eastern Wisconsin

Since opening in 1984, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. has been dedicated to providing a supportive and compassionate community for families with children in need of medical treatment far away from home. Our mission is to keep families together and promote the health and well-being of children. With help from more than 550 dedicated volunteers, we have supported more than 48,000 family stays from Wisconsin, all 50 states, and 47 foreign countries. Visit our website for more information at


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