Rogers adds beds for teens at behavioral health center in Oconomowoc

Behavioral health system rapidly expanding

A residential program for patients suffering from mood disorders at Rogers Behavioral Health in Oconomowoc.

Wisconsin-based Rogers Behavioral Health System is adding 12 beds for teenage patients suffering from mood disorders at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc.

A residential program for patients suffering from mood disorders at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc has added 12 beds for teenagers.
A residential program for patients suffering from mood disorders at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc has added 12 beds for teenagers.

The added beds are an extension of the system’s residential care for conditions such as depression, anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder.

“Here in Wisconsin and nationally, we saw a population of young people that weren’t able to find the appropriate treatment to lower their intense symptoms,” said Suzanne Harrison, vice president for operations at Rogers Memorial Hospital. “We created the FOCUS adolescent program to better accommodate this group.”

Rogers Behavioral Health System has expanded over the last two years. The system opened a facility in Tampa, Fla., in 2014 and in Nashville, Tenn., Chicago, Ill., and Appleton in 2015. A Rogers facility will open in Minneapolis this spring.

Part of the reason for the expansions is to provide outpatient care to people returning from Rogers’ residential treatment programs in Oconomowoc, said Clinical Services Manager Eddie Tomaich.

“We noticed there were certain areas of the country where there were no places to send these kids back to,” Tomaich said. “There were big needs in these areas.”

Rogers has three behavioral health campuses and six outpatient locations in Wisconsin, including a 56-bed inpatient facility in Brown Deer that opened in April, 2015. All of its residential behavioral health programs are located in Oconomowoc.

Between 2012 and 2014, the health system’s revenue spiked nearly 27 percent, according to financial information filed with the federal government.

Treatment for teen patients living at the center in Oconomowoc include cognitive therapy and behavioral exercises that help them break complex tasks into manageable goals.

“We recognize that adolescents with depressive disorders may have a complicated mental health situation that can also include trauma, family difficulties and experimentation with substances,” said Peggy Scallon, medical director of the FOCUS Adolescent Mood Disorders Program. “This program will be able to address the multiple factors that may contribute to a teen’s mental health difficulty.”

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Ben Stanley, former BizTimes Milwaukee reporter.

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