Posted on Oct 25, 2021
Liz Beaudoin, Director of Marketing for Kathy's House, provides the following update.
Kathy's House is the Milwaukee area's only hospital guest house that serves both patients of all ages and their caregivers, and all area hospitals. We are grateful for Elmbrook Rotary Club's support of our Family Program for Patients and Caregivers, which helps offset lodging costs for economically disadvantaged families. 
High healthcare costs, lost wages, and travel expenses are barriers for many rural and minority families who need to travel to Milwaukee for advanced medical care. By providing housing for patients and family members while they are receiving advanced medical treatments in Milwaukee, Kathy's House helps to reduce these barriers and improve access to critical care. 

Dr. Malika Siker is a Brookfield resident, Kathy's House board member, and Professor of Radiation Oncology, Associate Dean of Student Inclusion and Diversity at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Siker describes Kathy's House as "a game-changer for improving health equity in our region. Patients and families facing serious health conditions can access lifesaving care regardless of geography, income barriers, or lack of other resources."
Kathy's House provides an affordable alternative to an expensive hotel room, or, more often, a stay in the caregiver's patient room, waiting room, or vehicle. Elmbrook Rotary Club's support of our Family Program ensures that entire families stay together in our "home away from home" while accessing the care they need. 
Photo Caption:  Jamie Nicklas of DeKalb, Ill., stayed at Kathy's House as grandmother Sandra Bonneville of Appleton, Wisc., underwent cancer treatment at nearby Froedtert Hospital. Jamie said, "Kathy's House is incredibly welcoming. There's a sense of community. We've been here for several weeks, and it doesn't matter who is in the House. Everyone here is really friendly and helpful. They want to share their story and share their empathy with what you're going through. It's just incredibly comforting to be here."