Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2011. As a pediatric heart specialist, I have seen real growth at the hospital during that time. I came here from Chicago. The adjustment from the bustling city to the quiet community of Neenah took me some getting used to, but I love it.
I’ll never forget my early fascination with deer hunters. One of my patients wore a Holter heart monitor, a machine that continuously records the heart’s rhythms. The monitor is usually worn for 24-48 hours during normal activity. When it was scanned, there were more than 2 hours of heart rates of 180/minute and above. I called him, expecting to hear that he had experience palpitations or tachycardia. Instead, he had been hauling a deer he had shot on his back – all uphill, out of a ravine.
Another time I remember having to schedule one of my older patient’s tests around the opening of deer season.
Many of our patients drive hours to come to our hospital for appointments – from Marquette and Iron Mountain, Mich. For them, this hospital offers world-class care within reach of their home.
Everyone who supports the heart clinic at Children’s Hospital-Fox Valley deserves a big hand for improving the lives of the kids in our region and for making the last 10 years so exciting and rewarding.
~ Janette Strasburger, MD, pediatric cardiologist