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Research and Advancing Patient Care

Accelerating Research and Advancing Patient Care

Ensuring that families in eastern Wisconsin have access to the latest and most effective treatment options is more than just treating patients who walk through our doors. As we take on the toughest cases in medicine, our leading researchers and clinicians challenge existing models of care with new knowledge across the spectrum of discovery—from basic science to clinical trials to community-engaged research to public policy changes.
Research and Patient

Impact by the Numbers

23M for patient care
91M for Cancer Care
18M from Patient Families
Froedtert Hospital

Impact Stories

The estate of Kurtis R. Froedtert established the Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital Trust to help found Froedtert Hospital and serve as a premier community resource to deliver access to quality healthcare, advance science, and train physicians and other health professionals. During the Campaign, philanthropy from the Trust provided support for expanding translational research through clinical trials and infrastructure, renovations to the Kurtis R. Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital Chapel, investments in emerging technologies essential for innovative patient care, and the Froedtert Health Workforce Development Program, which provides a pipeline for our talented, diverse healthcare teams.
MCW Research

Genomics and precision medicine are the most advanced tools we have to fight disease—and Linda and John Mellowes are hastening the future of medicine with their giving. Thanks to their $10 million endowed leadership gift, we are transforming research and building a future for individualized care at the Genomic Sciences and Precision Medicine Center. Precision medicine takes into account an individual’s specific genetic profile as handed down from ancestors and modified by interactions with the environment and lifestyle. This holds the potential of tailoring specific treatments that will transform how patient care is delivered in the future. With their contribution, Linda and John are helping us fuel medical discovery that promises to change the lives of patients and families from around the world.

The G. Frederick Kasten, Jr. Endowed Chair in Parkinson’s Disease Research was established to drive significant research advances in the fight against this devastating disease and strengthen MCW’s Parkinson’s disease clinical program. The chair was made possible by contributions from the many family members and friends of Fred Kasten, a past Baird President, CEO and Chairman, who passed away in December 2019 from complications of Parkinson’s. Special thanks to the generosity of Baird and its employees, donors from the Milwaukee community as well as the leadership of Susan Kasten, Ted Kellner, Mary Ellen Stanek, Steven Booth, and the late Paul Purcell.

Ted and Mary Kellner and their family have had a tremendous impact on MCW research and care and programmatic collaborations with Children’s Wisconsin related to pediatric and adolescent health. Their gifts have greatly expanded access to critical behavioral health for children and their families and the necessary infrastructure for such support. Their efforts include the comprehensive Kellner Family Community Mental Health Initiative and the Kellner Endowed Chair of Pediatrics.

Billie Kubly is a prominent advocate for reducing the stigma surrounding patients and families in need of care for behavioral and mental health. Along with her late husband, Michael Kubly, MD ’63, the Kubly Fund for Depression Research supports medical discovery at MCW that will lead to a greater understanding of how to more adeptly diagnose and treat a range of disorders affecting mental health. These efforts are under the direction of Cecilia Hillard, PhD, Founding Director of the Neurosciences Research Center, and Jon Lehrmann, MD, the Charles E. Kubly Chair in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine.
The Marcus Corporation Foundation Endowed Fund for Genomic Sciences and Precision Medicine ensures that MCW and its healthcare partners are leaders in genomics and precision medicine for years to come. With this gift, the Marcus family is helping  us understand the incredible potential the human genome holds for patient care.

MCW is poised to become a leader in understanding how social factors, healthcare systems, and public policy choices impact surgical outcomes, thanks to the establishment of the Bud and Sue Selig Hub for Health Services Research within the Department of Surgery. The Selig Hub will build upon the already powerful research effort at MCW, and focus specifically on our local community and those of all ages who are most challenged with receiving the healthcare they deserve. With the Seligs’ support, MCW will recruit a national leader in surgical outcomes to add to our team of homerun hitters! 

The MU-MCW Department of Biomedical Engineering brings together Marquette University’s renowned engineering education programs with MCW’s state-
of-the-art biomedical research and clinical practice work. The Research Innovation Fund for Biomedical Engineering, created through the support of Herb Kohl Philanthropies, will drive creative initiatives in both research and education that will accelerate work to transform and improve the lives of patients and the way healthcare is provided. The Hammes Family Endowed Chair supports faculty leader Brian Schmit, PhD, and his efforts in neurorehabilitation research through a gift from Jon and Ann Hammes.

Kurtis Froedtert’s vision and generosity touches every aspect of the hospital—from life-saving clinical trials to advanced patient care technologies to our chaplaincy program.

ERIC CONLEY, FROEDTERT HOSPITAL PRESIDENT