Each year, Rogers Memorial Hospital (Oconomowoc, Wis.) treats people from throughout the United States, Canada and even China for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Due to growing demand, the hospital moved its OCD Center on December 16. The new location is nestled on a 23-acre peninsula between Lower Nashotah and Upper Nemahbin lakes in the Village of Summit.
The newly renovated residential facility will offer 28 adult patients at a time a home-like, private and serene setting to help aid in their recovery process. This is a 16 percent increase from its previous facility.
Clinical director of the Roger’s OCD Center, Bradley Riemann, Ph.D., said that because of the complexity of OCD patients and their behaviors, a lot of research and planning had to go into creating the new residential treatment facility. He said it was designed to be a physical representation of the innovative, evidence-based OCD treatment process which Rogers has become recognized for.
“The foundation of our OCD treatment approach is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with an emphasis on exposure and response prevention (ERP). These therapies are evidence-based, meaning numerous research studies have documented and proven these therapies to be the most effective for OCD. Essentially, this approach helps patients gain skills to manage the thoughts and situations that trigger their anxiety,” Riemann explained.
Adults receive 35 hours of CBT and ERP each week. Therapy rooms, painted with warm and welcoming hues, are a private place where patients can work through their identified OCD issues. The day rooms in the new facility are flooded in natural light and furnished with comfortable seating to provide patients with an area for socialization and engagement. They are further complemented by large windows which offer tranquil lake views.
This is the third expansion of the adult OCD residential treatment center at Rogers Memorial Hospital since it opened in 1999. Led by Dr. Riemann, who is also chairman for the clinical advisory committee of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), Rogers remains firmly committed to increasing public awareness of OCD and helping people who have OCD to recover from its paralyzing effects and to rediscover life worth living.