Rogers opening new location, changing current facility
Delafield facility to treat adults only

By Kelly Smith - Special to Conley Media

May 2, 2019

DELAFIELD — Rogers Hospital of Summit is converting its 24 bed facility on Delafield’s northwest side to exclusively treat adult eating disorders.

The eight-bed adolescent treatment center on Oakwood Drive will be moved to the behavioral health hospital’s Summit headquarters.

“The eight-unit adolescent treatment facility would then be converted to an adult treatment facility that will operate with the same primary diagnosis requiring treatment for eating disorders,” said Paul Mueller, the chief executive officer of the hospital.

In a letter to the Plan Commission, Mueller added, “Neither the overall population nor the staff levels on the Delafield campus will change with this conversion from adolescent to adult.”

The campus includes a 16-bed, two-level, 12,270-square-foot treatment center and a separate eight-bed, two-level, 7,660-square-foot residential building where the adolescents were treated, according to city officials.

The hospital operates 24 hours and is staffed by about 40 employees.

About 30 of them work from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 7 are on duty from 7 to 11 p.m. and three to four work the third shift from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

There is parking for 40 vehicles belonging to staff and visitors.

The commission, at its April 24 meeting, unanimously approved amending the hospital’s conditional use permit.

In 2017, neighborhood opposition blocked an effort by the hospital to add a therapy building, commercial kitchen, greenhouse and a gazebo to the campus.

Some homeowners in the surrounding neighborhoods objected to the expansion, arguing it would result in increased traffic, light pollution and noise. In addition, they argued the treatment center was illegally operating as a business in a residential neighborhood.

The controversy was complicated by the discovery that the commission had not approved the establishment of the eating disorder treatment facility in 2007 after the hospital purchased the property from a nursing home foundation.

The city agreed to issue a new conditional issue permit with tighter controls over the campus.

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