New Kathy's House Takes Shape
Both last year and again in 2017 Kathy's House had been unable to help many, many families who were in need of lodging due to a medical crisis. In fact, in 2017 we turned away more than 120 families or placed them on a waiting list because we simply did not have any available rooms.
The good news is we continue to move closer to building a larger facility so we won't have to turn families away. In January of this year, Froedtert Hospital announced they will be the lead investor in the new Kathy's House by providing a $6 million gift. We are forever grateful for this transformative gift which will help us to serve more families and achieve our vision of being the national model of hospital guest homes.
With this gift, we've begun working with an architectural team from HGA to design the new House. With Froedtert leadership and Medical College of Wisconsin staff input, we are to planning to incorporate new services in the House to provide additional support of patient care plans. This will expand what we can offer patients and will be built into the new design.
To give you an idea of the scope of the new House, we will go from our current facility, which is 15,000 square foot facility with 18 guest rooms to a facility with 24 guest rooms. There will be two separate wings of guest rooms - one exclusively for bone marrow transplant patients and other cancer patients whose immune systems are particularly compromised by their treatment.
Essentially, we will grow in capacity by a third when we move into the new Kathy's House. With a larger facility, we know there will be increased operating costs for things such as utilities, laundry services, insurance, security and staffing, among other things. To make sure that we are successful from day one we have been working the past couple of years to strategically grow our operational capacity.
Please feel free to contact Patty Metropulos with any questions at 414-453-8290.