Heart specialist has watched hospital grow, learned about deer hunting in the past 10 years

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.

When I started at Children’s Hospital-Fox Valley in January 2002, the clinics had about 160 patients and all of the clinics’ charts could fit on one rolling cart. Now, the charts fill a large
room.

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

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Heart specialist has watched hospital grow, learned about deer hunting in the past 10 years — 2 Comments

  1. Congrats to Children’s Hospital-Fox Valley!!
    Thank you so much Dr.Srasburger for being a part of my son, Dylan’s, and our family’s life. You have been providing care since he was born with heart defects, and have been continuing with his long term care. You are an excellent doctor, with caring and compassion that is so necessary.
    Thanks!

  2. Thanks for sharing, Dr. S. And thanks even more for serving our (former) community. It was such a blessing for us to be able to see an exceptional pediatric cardiologist in Neenah so that we didn’t have to drive to Milwaukee during the times that Micah saw you almost weekly. Micah misses you!