Rogers Behavioral Health adds capacity at Oconomowoc, West Allis hospitals

Expanding programs at inpatient facilities

Rogers Memorial Hospital's West Allis location

Rogers Behavioral Health is on track to expand significantly the inpatient capacity at its Oconomowoc and West Allis hospitals this year.

Rogers Behavioral Health’s West Allis location

The behavioral health system plans in June to open 62 new residential beds at the Oconomowoc campus, for a total of 244 beds. As it adds capacity, Rogers is expanding its programming at the facility, including a new program for trauma recovery in adults, a new environment for an adolescent eating disorder program, expanded focus on depression recovery residential treatment for adults and a new residential program for adolescents with OCD and anxiety.

The system is also adding 28 beds to its West Allis hospital, for a total of 40 beds. It is also introducing two programs there: adult residential treatment for focus depression recovery and for mental health and addiction recovery.

“One of the toughest parts of what we do has been to tell families in crisis that we have a waiting list of weeks or even months until we can treat their loved one,” said Paul Mueller, hospital division chief executive officer for Rogers Behavioral Health. “This new programming is a direct response to community needs, and we are pleased that we will be able to help more people in need in a more timely manner.”

Rogers is in the process of hiring more than 170 employees in Wisconsin and 75 employees in other states to support its growth. Rogers currently has 2,100 employees system-wide.

The expansion at its Wisconsin facilities comes as Rogers continues its growth in other states. It is on pace to open four new outpatient centers this year, with locations in Miami, San Diego, Los Angeles and St. Paul.

Its national growth has prompted the system to rebrand its Wisconsin locations, from the Rogers Memorial Hospital name to the Rogers Behavioral Health brand.

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