Kathy’s House Grand Opening
KATHY’S HOUSE GRAND OPENING
An official dedication to the New Home for Healing
Yesterday, we celebrated the grand opening of Kathy’s House – A New Home for Healing. The event started with a ceremonial flag raising in the front of the house by veteran and Executive Director of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, Bob Simi. The audience was then invited to walk the ceremonial path around the house to the beautiful courtyard where remarks were given by some of the important people who made this project possible. Patty Metropulos, CEO and President of Kathy’s House and Governor Tony Evers kicked-off the event to mark the official grand opening of the new Kathy’s House, followed by Mayor Dennis McBride of Wauwatosa, Eric Conley, President of Froedtert Hospital, Rick Schmidt, President & CEO of CG Schmidt and Ran Hoth, Uncle of Kathy Vogel.
“By doubling our capacity, we know that we will be able to now serve up to 3,000 guests a year — 1,500 more than we could at our previous facility,”
Patty Metropulos, President & CEO, Kathy’s House
Kathy’s House has provided affordable lodging and caring support to about 1,500 people annually who need to stay in Milwaukee for medical care, and now, their new facility will be able to hold many more patients. The house has 36 rooms, with many more amenities than the previous location.
“As a cancer survivor, I was fortunate enough to live in the same city where I received my treatment. I know that’s not true for the vast majority of people, so this house is really important. These are obstacles that Kathy’s House is able to overcome by providing an affordable, safe, and comfortable place to stay while receiving care. Patients and families are able to focus on what really matters most, and that is the health and wellbeing of their loved ones.”
Governor Tony Evers
For over 20 years, Froedtert Health has been a loyal partner and client of CG Schmidt. In that time, we’ve had the opportunity to work on several projects located on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center campus including projects with Froedtert Health, Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital, and the Blood Center.
In 2016, Kathy’s House leadership began planning for a larger facility to meet the growing need of lifesaving care. After years of fundraising and campaigning, the pandemic hit, leaving us with many unknowns.
Luckily, the new plans were already in place, and construction was able to move forward, on schedule, after breaking ground in May of 2020. CG Schmidt is grateful to be part of a national care model that is an important step toward health equity, providing access to specialized medical care to those near and far.
“Thank you to the project team who worked diligently to bring this vision to life, with special recognition to Dan Davis, who passed away in May 2021, who worked with the Kathy’s House team from project inception through project completion. Dan’s passion to improve people’s lives blended with his passion for construction, along with his hard work and guidance was at the core of this project.”
Rick Schmidt, President & CEO, CG Schmidt