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Hair Boutique & Studio for Cancer Patients

Many women and men have lost their hair and have few options to go for the private experience: to have their head shaved, select their wig or hair system and to get it fitted properly or browse through the selections of hats, scarves and other headwear - all in a healing environment that makes them feel loved and respected.

Ascension Mercy Hospital's Oasis

The Oasis is an updated, full service wig boutique for women and men who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or other medical condition. A dedicated space, will be complete in the fall of 2018 and is just steps away from the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center on the campus of Mercy. This "boutique" is where individuals with cancer can find the materials, expertise and support they need to feel good about themselves. Services provided through the boutique will include head shaving in a private, personal environment when hair loss begins, wig fitting and ordering, skin care and makeup consultation. The Oasis will offer a private and healing experience for any individual in the community who is interested in a wig or some other type of head covering.

This space is a labor of love, made possible through community partnerships and fully funded by philanthropy. Thanks to our donors and community support, The Oasis will be completed this year. Gifts to the Oasis Hair Studio Fund support those who cannot afford services. No one is turned away.

Ascension Mercy Hospital Geropsychiatric Unit

Geropsychiatry is a specialized area of medicine that focuses on the unique physical and emotional needs of the senior adult. These unique issues include loss and adjustments in lifestyle, many times complicated by medical problems. This combination of problems is not experienced by any other age group.

The Need

Recent American Psychiatric Association statistics show:

  • The majority of Americans over age 65 accept the symptoms of depression as a normal part of aging
  • Unidentified depression can be misdiagnosed as dementia
  • Three million older adults suffer from moderate to severe organic brain disorders
  • Accurate diagnosis and treatment of medical and behavioral health problems can greatly enhance quality of life

Meeting the Need

Ascension NE Wisconsin Mercy Hospital was recently chosen as the site to build a 25 bed Geropsychiatric Inpatient Program, which will more than double the number of beds currently in Wisconsin. The goal is to stabilize the patient while in the hospital and help each patient determine safe and suitable living options upon discharge. This includes a thorough evaluation to help determine what is causing the changes in behavior, which includes checking for underlying medical issues which may contribute to the patient's condition. Based upon the findings, the team works with the patient, family and other healthcare providers to develop a course of treatment that best meets the needs of the individual.

The first phase of construction is underway, with eight (8) beds for adults 65 and older who are experiencing a mental health crisis related to depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance abuse/misuse or chemical dependency ready for occupancy by July 2018. The construction cost for the initial eight beds is $2.3M. It is anticipated that the final cost for the 25-bed unit will be $10M.

We appreciate our donors and foundation friends leading the charge to improve care for this underserved population here in Oshkosh and beyond. To find out how you can help, please call (920) 223-0520 or visit http://mmcgift.org.

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