University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin Gives UWM $2.1 Million for New Training Facility

The new building will be connected to the Klotsche Center & Pavilion, which houses the university’s fitness center, pool and 3,500-seat arena.

By - Sep 2nd, 2019 10:00 am

MILWAUKEE _ The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has received a $2.1 million gift from the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin for the construction of a 15,000-square-foot multipurpose building that will create a dedicated basketball practice facility and improve the student recreation space on campus. The new building will be connected to the Klotsche Center & Pavilion, which houses the university’s fitness center, pool and 3,500-seat arena. In recognition of this gift, the building will be named the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin Center, or OHOW Center.

“I am tremendously grateful to the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin for this generous gift,” Chancellor Mark Mone said. “The OHOW Center will relieve space constraints in the Klotsche Center and ultimately provide a better experience for our student-athletes and all of our students, faculty and staff who use our recreational spaces. We have been looking forward to this expansion for several years, and this gift from OHOW will have a significant impact and improve the wellness of those who visit the center.”

The OHOW Center will be located on the east side of the Pavilion and will be connected by a skywalk over the existing driveway to preserve access to the Pavilion parking structure.

Use of the Klotsche Center & Pavilion has more than doubled in the past decade while participation in intramural sports has risen 97%. By providing a separate basketball practice facility and gymnasium space, the new building will alleviate congestion in the Klotsche Center during peak times when athletics and campus recreation use coincides.

“Seeing this project become a reality is very exciting,” Director of Athletics Amanda Braun said. “Being able to offer our basketball programs a dedicated practice facility gives us the opportunity to continue to be leaders in the Horizon League and allows us to enhance our recruiting efforts for our highest profile sport programs. The continued growth in the use of the Klotsche Center by all students has created the need for this facility. We are very thankful to OHOW for taking the main role in support of the new facility and allowing us to meet the needs of the student-athletes and the entire campus.”

The Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin has been a partner of UWM for several years. In December 2018, OHOW renewed its contract as the exclusive provider of orthopedic care, physical therapy and health care coverage for Panther student-athletes.

“Supporting student-athletes and helping them succeed is what we do,” OHOW CEO Brian Cramer said. “We believe in being involved in our community, and our relationship with UWM is a prime example of that commitment. We are proud to have our name associated with UWM, and we want the OHOW Center to enhance the UWM campus and the experience of all who use it.”

The OHOW gift will be used for planning, construction, furnishing, staffing and operations of the new building. Construction of the OHOW Center is completely funded through philanthropic gifts and student-directed segregated fees that are already being collected. It will not result in future increases to student segregated fees and does not rely on state funds. Total cost of the project is estimated to be $8 million.

This gift supports UWM’s comprehensive fundraising effort – Made in Milwaukee, Shaping the World: The Campaign for UWM. The largest in UWM history, this campaign focuses on student success, research excellence and community engagement.

About UWM
Recognized as one of the nation’s 131 top research universities, UW-Milwaukee provides a world-class education to 27,500 students from 91 countries on a budget of $689 million. Its 15 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health, and it is a leading educator of nurses and teachers. UW-Milwaukee partners with leading companies to conduct joint research, offer student internships and serve as an economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UW-Milwaukee a 2019 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews, and the Sierra Club has recognized it as Wisconsin’s leading sustainable university.

About OHOW

The Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin was established in 2001 as a joint venture between a group of orthopedic surgeons and Ascension/Columbia St. Mary’s, a health system with more than 100 years of service. OHOW focuses solely on full-service treatment of orthopedic injuries and conditions. We provide surgery, inpatient overnight stays, diagnostic imaging and rehabilitation services. These services are accomplished in our patient-centric 30-bed, 10-operating room orthopedic specialty hospital that was meticulously designed and constructed to support the delivery of superior patient care and comfort in order to accommodate the growing case load and demand from those seeking the very best orthopedic care.

Led by CEO Brian Cramer and Founder/Medical Staff President Dr. Rory Wright, OHOW provides all care with a direct focus on our three critical success factors: quality, patient satisfaction and staff satisfaction. The focus on these critical success factors has driven OHOW to be recognized as a leader of orthopedic care in Wisconsin as well as the nation.

Nationally, OHOW is in the top 10 hospitals for patient satisfaction, placing in the top 5 in several areas. In 2017, OHOW was the number one hospital in the United States for Medicare’s Value-Based Purchasing Program, which measures clinical care, safety, efficiency/cost reductions and patient satisfaction. Locally, OHOW has been on the Journal Sentinel Top Work Places since 2013. For more information about OHOW, visit

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