Froedtert Hospital Foundation

Froedtert Hospital Foundation, the charitable arm of Froedtert Hospital, provides support for the highly specialized care, research and teaching that distinguish Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin as eastern Wisconsin's only academic medical center.

You play a critical role in our ability to sustain and enhance the research, specialization and technology that allow us to advance patient care.  Thanks to donors like you, we can ensure the most advanced education for physicians, nurses and clinical staff, fund the latest in research and technology and offer the most comprehensive medical treatment in the region in a healing environment for patients.

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Sickle Cell Disease Transition Program

Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood can be difficult, even under the best of circumstances. When you are a teenager with a difficult chronic disease, it can be even trickier.

A new program funded by Forest County Potawatomi Foundation hopes to ease that burden for some of our patients.

The Young Adults with Sickle Cell Disease Transition Program, was created with a $25,000 grant from Forest County Potawatomi. Housed within Froedtert Hospital’s Adult Sickle Cell Clinic, the program targets adolescent sickle cell disease patients transitioning from childhood treatment programs at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin into adult treatment at Froedtert Hospital.

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is an inherited disorder that predominantly affects African Americans. It causes severe pain and damage to major organs. Formerly, transition was not a concern because many children did not live past adolescence. However, early detection through newborn screening, antibiotic therapy, and improvement in transfusion therapy has resulted in increased life expectancy. This means more adolescents with SCD are faced with challenges of moving into adult care.

Switching from pediatric to adult care can be difficult for some patients. Patients without tools for self-care, rely on visits to the Emergency Department. For teens with SCD, transitioning to adulthood includes learning how to self-manage special medical needs and sickle cell treatment. Froedtert’s goal at the clinic is not only to provide comprehensive care and treatment for SCD, but to also guide, support, and help teens transition smoothly to adult care.

Froedtert opened its Adult Sickle Cell Clinic in 2011 – one of the few in the country that treats adults with SCD. Children’s Hospital’s comprehensive sickle cell program is nationally recognized. And before this program there was no structured process for adolescents, ages 18-21, living with this chronic disease to transition to adult care.

Thanks to the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, that’s no longer the case

Illustrating a Life-changing Experience

On Tuesday, January 25, the Froedtert community gathered to support the annual opening of the latest exhibition in the Patient Art Gallery of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center.

Artists and their family and friends attended the opening reception, held in the gallery located on the third floor of the Clinical Cancer Center.

Works in the exhibition illustrate the experience of cancer patients, their families, caregivers, and our own medical professionals. The artwork highlights the profound experiences involved in a cancer diagnosis and the pieces are accompanied by the artist’s story – explaining the meaning of the artwork to each artist. All are a glimpse into the lives of some extraordinary people with the common and life-changing experience of cancer.

Gloria Dobogai, a passionate advocate for cancer patients serves as the gallery’s volunteer gallery curator. Art therapist Carrie Danhieux, coordinates the gallery, working to pull together the artwork from patients and patient support groups – as well as assembling the show.

Thank you to our exhibiting artists: Karen Gersonde, Larry Wright, MaryAnn Jurasinski, Mary K. Delvaux, Lynn Morgan, Mary Billo, the Day Hospital Community, Lynn Thompson, Jeffry Stuettgen, Glenn Gierzycki, Cindi Hennes, James Yoghourtjian, Mary Ryan, Daniel Lindenberg and Donna Mae Straub.

The Patient Art Gallery is funded through a generous grant from the Koeppen-Gerlach Foundation and other donors to the Froedtert Hospital Foundation. For more information, please contact Carrie Danhieux at: carrie.danhieux@froedtert.com

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