Children’s hospitals serve a very important role in our community and throughout the world. In my experience working with children’s hospitals for nearly three decades, their focus on infants, children and adolescents provides specialized care that adult providers simply cannot provide – physicians, nurses and other caregivers with special training, the right equipment and an understanding of the medications that are unique to children.
While our organization is most well known for our amazing hospital in Milwaukee, our dedication to the health and well-being of children has grown far beyond the walls of that facility.
I suspect many of you don’t know that Children’s Hospital is part of a larger organization, Children’s Hospital and Health System, which uses a variety of means to improve the lives of children. In my three months here at the health system, I have been so impressed with the comprehensive services helping to ensure a healthier future for the children of our region and beyond. These include child advocacy centers that care for abused and neglected children, foster and adoption services to find special loving homes for children who need temporary or permanent placement, education programs to teach school children to live healthy and safe lives and research to find causes and treatments for childhood illnesses.
Every day, physicians, nurses, administrators, social workers and front-line staff make decisions related to pediatric research, advocacy, education and clinical care. Each decision is made with our mission in mind: Are we improving the health status of children?
I am particularly proud today to celebrate the opening of our hospital’s new west tower which offers a high quality environment so we can provide the safest and best treatment and care possible. It is clear we are improving the health status of children and their families who need to come to our hospital for illnesses or injuries. No longer will families need to share rooms, improving our infection control and increasing patient privacy. The new design – with significant input from patient families, physicians and nurses – makes the rooms quieter and new lighting encourages healing.
As we continue to plan for the health system’s future, we will assess the needs of children in our communities and continue to work to improve the lives of children and their families. After all, that is our mission!
- Peggy Troy, president and CEO, Children’s Hospital and Health System