Sam’s story: Newborn and fetal care at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

I’m excited to share Sam’s story, which puts a human face on the capabilities of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In this video, the Derus family talk about the care we provided Sam and how the odds were stacked against their son at birth. Sam’s mother donated a kidney to him in June 2012, and thanks to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, today Sam is an active 2-year-old who loves shooting hoops, Play-Doh, bath time and playing with his older brother, Max.

As a neonatologist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, I spend my days caring for very sick babies like Sam. These tiny infants come to us from hospitals throughout the state and beyond. I am proud of the amazing work we do here every day.

Best Preemie and Newborn Care: Parents magazine rankingPreemie and newborn care ranked #1 in the nation

The biggest reward for our work is seeing these babies go home to loving, grateful families. But it’s nice to be recognized publicly from time to time, too. This week, Parents magazine ranked preemie and newborn care at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as #1 in the nation. This honor acknowledges the passion and expert care of our nurses, physicians and other health care staff.

But, surveys can’t tell the story like our patient families can, so I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch Sam’s story. I invite you to post a comment and share what you think.

Michael Uhing, MD- Michael Uhing, MD, neonatologist and medical director of Neonatology at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and associate professor of Neonatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin treats more than 700 infants each year, making us the busiest NICU in the state. We treat the most fragile newborns and provide the highest level of care. We are able to offer lifesaving surgeries to babies even before they are born, and do surgeries and procedures at the bedside when a baby can’t be moved.

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