Today we experienced a frightening situation at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

We are still waiting for all the details to emerge. What we do know is that a man who was visiting our hospital was involved in an altercation with police and was shot.

My heart goes out to the family involved, to all of our patients and families who were here at the time, and to all of our employees who worked together to relieve patients and families of their fears. As the news broke, I know that friends and family were worried as they waited for details to emerge.

As the day unfolded, I was reminded of a quote by Fred Rogers (aka Mr. Rogers) who said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

As I walked through the hospital today, I personally witnessed our helpers — doctors, nurses and staff — working together to relieve patients and families of their fears. Even in this frightening situation, our staff remained calm, followed procedures and continued to provide the best and safest care. Like every day at Children’s Hospital, everyone was focused on putting patients and families first.

I want to express my gratitude to law enforcement for their quick response and for joining our team of helpers today.

Peggy Troy, president and CEO, Children’s Hospital and Health System– Peggy Troy, CEO, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children.


Working together for kids and families — 2 Comments

  1. I want to thank you, Peggy and the hospital staff and Police Officers on how you all handled the situation. My husband and I were in my daughters room on the 8th with her nurse who was about to take out my daughters last IV and we were going to go get her pictures taken when the announcement came on saying there was an active shooter. I thought at first it was hospital code for something else, but then my daughter’s nurse, who you could tell was worried, calmly told us that she was sorry and that she will take the IV out in a few minutes. She told us to stay in the room and keep the curtain closed and if we heard anything to go into the bathroom. She came to check on us as the time went by and was able to take my daughters IV out. She was very professional about the whole thing!

    You have such a wonderful staff there! Having your child go through Open Heart Surgery is very scary, but the staff was so kind and so helpful which made the whole experience a lot easier! Thank you and your staff for being so awesome!!! <3

  2. Helen, thank you for sharing your story. The nurse that helped your family — like all the staff in our hospital — really impressed me yesterday during such a frightening event. We wish you and your family all the best. Take care. – Peggy Troy