Kathy’s House eyes site near Froedtert Hospital for new guest house

Planning to build new 36-bed facility

The current Kathy's House facility.

Kathy’s House, a Wauwatosa-based nonprofit guest house for hospital patients and their families, wants to build its new home on a vacant site near Froedtert Hospital.

The current Kathy’s House facility.

The organization is planning to build a new two-story, 30,600-square-foot facility on the south side of the North 92nd Street and West Doyne Avenue intersection on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center campus, according to plans submitted to the city. The site is across the street from a Froedtert Hospital parking structure.

Kathy’s Hose first announced in 2016 its plans to build a new facility that would replace its current home at 600 N. 103rd St., which it leases from St. Camillus Health Center.

The organization has been in a multi-year capital campaign to raise funds for the project. Froedtert Hospital pledged in 2017 to contribute a $6 million gift to the project and provide construction management services. Patty Metropulos, executive director and chief executive officer of Kathy’s House, on Friday said the organization is still in the quiet phase of its campaign as it approaches other partners and investors.

The new building would allow Kathy’s House to expand its capacity from its current 18 guest rooms to 36 rooms, and would position it closer to Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Demand for Kathy’s House lodging regularly outpaces the house’s capacity, according to the organization.

Since opening in 2001, Kathy’s House has served more than 18,000 individuals.

The new facility will also provide an elevator, compliant accessible rooms and bathrooms, and guest services such as a library, family room and meditation room.

The Wauwatosa plan commission will hold a hearing and consider the organization’s conditional use request for the site on March 11.

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Lauren Anderson
Lauren Anderson covers health care, nonprofits, education and insurance for BizTimes. Lauren previously reported on education for the Waukesha Freeman. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied journalism, history and African studies. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends and seeing live music wherever she can.