It breaks our hearts to turn away people who need us. Yet over the past two years, more than 400 families were turned away or put on a waiting list because Kathy’s House was full. Given that families stayed an average of 8-10 days, that translates to more than 3,000 nights of unmet lodging needs for people facing a medical crisis.
The good news is we continue to move closer to building a new, larger House that will double our capacity. In January 2017, Froedtert Hospital announced it will be the lead investor in the new Kathy's House by providing a $6 million gift toward our project. We will be forever grateful for this transformational gift which will help us to serve more patients and their families.
Why are more people turning to us when they need a home away from home? Key reasons include the growing distinction of Milwaukee-based hospitals; an increasing trend of outpatient care; revolutionary cancer treatments and advanced cardiovascular care now being offered at the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center and Center for Advanced Care, including the addition of a nationally-acclaimed team of heart surgeons.
With input from Froedtert leadership and MCW physicians as well as an architectural team from HGA to design the new House, we plan to incorporate new services that will help support the care plans of the patients who stay with us. This new design will expand what we can offer patients and will help us achieve our vision of being a national model for hospital guest housing.
Our plans for the new Kathy’s House are ambitious and exciting. Our size will essentially double, going from our current 15,000 square feet facility with 18 guest rooms, to 31,000 square feet with 36 guest rooms. There will be two separate wings of guest rooms - one exclusively for bone marrow transplant patients and other long-term patients whose immune systems are particularly compromised by their treatment.
If you would like to learn more about the new Kathy’s House or the “A New Home for Healing” capital campaign, please feel free to contact Patty Metropulos, President & CEO, with any questions at 414-453-8290.