Aurora Psychiatric Hospital began in 1884 as the Milwaukee Sanitarium. It grew from a farm house and some out-buildings to a multi acre complex today with a large hospital and numerous support buildings. Milwaukee Sanitarium was trendsetting with its care when it was established. Aurora Psychiatric Hospital continues that tradition and is proud to be a nationally known and well respected private psychiatric hospital in the 21st century.
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Dr. Richard Dewey
Original Farmhouse, known as the "East House"
Original Entrance Gate to the Milwaukee Sanitarium
Postcard of the Milwaukee Sanitarium, circa 1914
Dr. Rock Sleyster, Medical Director and President, Milwaukee Sanitarium
Zander Exercising Equipment, Milwaukee Sanitarium
Formal Gardens Behind the Director's House, Milwaukee Sanitarium
Garden Therapy at the Milwaukee Sanitarium
Patient Room, early 1940's, Milwaukee Sanitarium
Dining Hall, Colonial Hall, Milwaukee Sanitarium
Archery as an example of Recreational Therapy
Staff, or patients, working out in the Gymnasium, Milwaukee Sanitarium