Wauwatosa is home to Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, a consortium of six health care institutions including the 10th largest academic medical center in the U.S. and Wisconsin’s Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Centers at Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The six members are: Froedtert Health, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Medical College of Wisconsin, Curative Care Network, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, and Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division. The Milwaukee Regional Medical Center is the largest employer in Wauwatosa with 15,000 employees.

The nearby UWM Innovation Campus is home to a new competitive hub of biomedical research. Its location across from the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, the Milwaukee County Research Park, and GE Healthcare creates the perfect synergy between medicine, academia, research, and private industry. Campus residents include the UW-Milwaukee Innovation Accelerator Building, Concordia University Wisconsin drug discovery lab, Brook Stevens, industrial designer, and ABB, maker of power and automation technology. Accelerator Labs are conducting research on optical biopsy equipment, mobile app development, prototyping, bioengineering, and mobility. UWM plans to develop a multi-disciplinary graduate engineering and biotech research center on this campus over the next several years.

With all this exciting development, it’s no surprise that Wauwatosa is fast becoming Milwaukee’s university suburb. Currently, the two full campuses in Tosa are the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Wisconsin Lutheran College. Satellite campuses have been established by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), Concordia University, and Bryant & Stratton College. Marquette University (MU) has announced its intention to conduct research in Wauwatosa, with Carroll University considering the same possibility. Mount Mary University is just outside Tosa’s northwest border.

Community Groups

Wauwatosa has a strong history and tradition of its social and cultural life surrounding its schools, civic organizations, women’s clubs, men’s clubs and veterans’ groups. 

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Wauwatosa was named for the Potawatomi Chief Wauwataesie and the Potawatomi word for firely (which still light up our summer nights). 

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Meetings & Events

From weddings and bridal showers, to parties, general meetings and seminars, Wauwatosa has the meeting space for you. 

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