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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Specialty Hospitals

Mission: The mission of children's hospital of wisconsin, inc. Is to provide a comprehensive and integrated pediatric health care model that delivers superior quality and value by offering the best solution for the total health care needs of children within our community, state and region. Our goal is to have wisconsin children be the healthiest children in the country. As a premier and standard-setting leader in delivery of pediatric clinical service, education and research, children's hospital advocates for children and brings a commitment to excellence to our patients and families, medical staff, employees and communities in addressing the health and well-being of children. Our mission is multifaceted including:caregiving - offering high-quality, comprehensive medical careadvocacy - speaking up and protecting childrenresearch - finding cures to the illnesses that affect childreneducation - sharing what we learn and teaching others to care for kids

Programs: Inpatient services:children's hospital of wisconsin, inc. ("chw" or "the hospital") operates a 306-bed hospital at its milwaukee campus, which includes an emergency room open on a 24/7 basis. It is a freestanding wisconsin hospital dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and is one of the leading centers for pediatric health care in the u. S. The hospital serves children with all types of illnesses, injuries, birth defects and other disorders. The hospital provides acute level services, as well as emergency and specialty care, to children from wisconsin, the upper peninsula of michigan, northern illinois and beyond. In 2014, 23,356 children were admitted to the milwaukee hospital, which includes a neonatal intensive care unit (nicu), pediatric intensive care unit (picu), a cancer and blood disorders center, medical/surgical units and a day surgery short-stay unit. The hospital also operates a separately licensed 42-bed pediatric hospital, which includes a nicu and a pediatric medical/surgical unit, located at theda clark medical center in neenah, wis. , through which it provides pediatric expertise to the greater fox valley and green bay areas. In 2014, 1,851 children were admitted to the fox valley campus. Outpatient and ambulatory services:the hospital provides a full array of outpatient ambulatory, diagnostic, treatment and surgical services. Providers at more than 70 subspecialty clinics diagnose and treat a wide variety of pediatric disorders. The hospital is a certified level 1 pediatric trauma center, and handled 66,110 visits to the emergency department in 2014. Outpatient services are offered at accessible locations throughout southeastern wisconsin, and in the fox valley and green bay markets. The hospital's nationally known and recognized specialty programs include those for treating children with airway, digestive and voice conditions; burns; cancer and blood disorders; congenital and acquired heart defects and diseases; craniofacial disorders; dermatology, birthmarks and vascular anomalies; diabetes; gastrointestinal problems; genetic disorders; hiv; neurological disorders; orthopedic conditions (including spine, sports medicine, concussion); immunodeficiencies and immune dysregulation syndromes; psychiatry; sleep disorders; solid organ transplantation; speech and hearing disorders; and spasticity and other tone and mobility conditions. The hospital provides primary care, dental care and child protective services to underserved children at five clinics in central city milwaukee neighborhoods. The hospital also offers case management services and a full range of medical, psychological, nursing and social services for children with developmental, behavioral and learning problems. In 2014, there were a total of 292,950 outpatient visits. Research, education and community outreach:the hospital is involved in extensive research, education and community outreach programs. Research: the hospital and its children's research institute participate in an array of research initiatives seeking to improve the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired pediatric health conditions. These research initiatives include behavioral health, epilepsy and other neurological conditions; organ transplantation; birth defects and fetal anomalies; immunological conditions, blood disorders and various childhood cancers; and environmental health conditions. Additional research is conducted in collaboration with academic investigators at the medical college of wisconsin, marquette university, university of wisconsin-madison and other institutions. Nursing research includes studies regarding pain management, quality of life, coping skills, family readiness and sedation protocols. Education: the hospital is a major teaching affiliate of the medical college of wisconsin, with third- and fourth-year medical students rotating through the hospital for required and elective rotations. The hospital also maintains a three-year pediatric residency program, a two-year dental training program and academic fellowship programs in an array of specialties. The hospital has relationships with more than two dozen universities for the clinical education of pediatric nurses and other health care professional students, as well as health care administration and various other disciplines. The hospital's pediatric specialists also provide education and training to health care professionals at community hospitals, primary care clinics and schools throughout wisconsin in connection with the identification, diagnosis and treatment of pediatric health and welfare conditions. Community outreach: the hospital offers a wide variety of community education, outreach and child health advocacy programs. Through community education programs on topics such as child health, injury prevention, parenting, management of chronic diseases, and preventive health, the hospital reaches thousands of families. Along with the medical college, the hospital sponsors the center for the advancement of underserved children, which seeks to improve the health and well-being of children in wisconsin. The hospital participates in and staffs the children's health alliance of wisconsin, through which providers around the state work collaboratively to raise awareness of children's health issues, increase access to pediatric care, and promote best practices. Other community outreach and advocacy initiatives include, for example, car seat clinics, the daniel m. Soref family resource center and project adam (education and prevention initiatives in the area of pediatric sudden cardiac death).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our son Parker has spent a good portion of his life at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. We knew that he was sick before he was born. The technical diagnosis is "bilateral kidney dispaysia". For all of us who are not doctors, this means that neither of his kidneys worked. He spent the first 128 days of his life in the NICU, and has been re-admitted 16 times since that first discahrge. He has been through 12 surgeries, some minor, and some very major. The last of which was his kidney transplant. It has been 16 weeks since my wife donated one of her kidneys to Parker, and thye are both doing great. The doctors and nurses took very good care of both Parker and Lindsay throughout the transplant evaluation, the surgery itself and follow up care. I know first hand how brilliant doctors at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin are. The quality of care that has been provided by the nurses is unbelievable. They take care of not only the patient, but also the family of the patient. The entire staff, from the volunteers to the facility service workers all truly care about the patient. This is an amazing facility that people from all over the United States travale to, and we are fortunate enough to have it right in our back yard.