Kathy's House Mission
Kathy's House is a hospital guest house committed to providing affordable lodging and caring support in a "home away from home" environment for patients and their families who need to travel to Milwaukee for medical care.
Kathy’s House is a caring place where guests can eat, sleep, and be with others when they want – or be alone when they need time, introspection, and quiet healing. The house provides a place where mutual support thrives - one of the great strengths of Kathy’s House.
A vital resource in the Milwaukee health care community, Kathy's House is the only hospital guest house in the area that serves patients of all ages and their caregivers and serves all the hospitals in Milwaukee. Any patient receiving outpatient treatment at a Milwaukee area hospital, along with their caregiver(s), is eligible to become a guest at Kathy’s House. Caregivers of patients in a Milwaukee area hospital are also eligible. Read our Guest Policy to learn more. The application process for a prospective guest starts with a referral from a health care professional.
Kathy's House Vision
Our vision is to become a replicable national model in the field of Hospital Guest Housing by developing a state-of-the-art facility and delivering guest services based on best practices to improve patient care and the healthcare delivery model.
Hospital Guest Houses are respected as a valuable community resource for those in need of accommodation while traveling long distances to receive medical attention. Kathy's House allows guests - both caregivers and patients - to focus on the health and healing. Studies show that having family and friends nearby during a health crisis can reduce the length of hospital stays, reduce re-admissions, and improve health outcomes. Having a patient's family or friends as part of the medical team helps reinforce the plan of care during the patient's stay and after discharge.
Since opening in 2001, Kathy’s House has provided lodging, a supportive environment, and amenities such as transportation to area hospitals to more than 17,000 individuals.