The experience of treatment at Rogers Memorial Hospital is deeply personal for each patient. Dr. Peter Lake explains how each and every patient is different and that clinicians who really enjoy working with kids can make all the difference when fostering a sustained recovery.
Featured Doctor: Peter M. Lake, MD, Medical Director, Rogers Memorial Hospital - Oconomowoc
“Treatment at Rogers Memorial Hospital should be first and foremost personal. It should be thorough. It should be compassionate and always operating from a place of empathy. And trying to understand what it would be like to suffer from a chronic illness or from a new problem that just came up. It should be individualized. Every patient is different. Every patient has their own wrinkles and their own details to their story that are vital to helping them get better. That’s the way treatment should be.
“There are a lot of people with really nice degrees, PhDs, doctorates, and medical degrees, but if you don’t like children, if you don’t like adolescents, and you don’t like hanging out with them, and you’re not a bit of a child yourself still, you’re not going to get the connection that’s needed to work with kids.
“The thing we hear the most is “I can’t believe we waited this long. If we would have known it could have been like this a year ago, we wouldn’t have hesitated or put it off, or been in denial, or avoided the inevitable. If we would have known it could been this – not easy – but this comfortable. And maybe a different experience than we’ve had accessing mental health care ever before, or psychiatric care ever before. A big part of our job is helping to facilitate them healing themselves.
“We all have a drawer in our office with the thank-you notes. And the letters. There’s nothing that makes you wake up in the morning and want to come in to work than getting that ‘you saved my life.’"