My role as a national voice for children


3-year-old Matthew and 3-year-old Sadie are both primary care patients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

This week it was announced that I accepted the honor to serve as the 2015 Chair for the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA). The mission of CHA is to advance child health through innovations in quality, cost and care delivery. Representing more than 220 children’s …Click here to continue reading

Family Advocacy Day: One local patient’s journey continues on Capitol Hill

3-shot-in-hospitalEarlier this month, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin was featured in the cover story for the June 2 issue of TIME magazine. “Saving Preemies” takes an in-depth look at world-class neonatal care through the eyes of our tiniest patients. Last week, U.S. News & World Report ranked Children’s in all 10 specialties in the new 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings — one of a number of awards that recognizes Children’s as one of the top children’s …Click here to continue reading

How to ensure all babies born in Wisconsin are screened for congenital heart defects

One out of every 100 infants born in the United States has a congenital (present at birth) heart defect — a problem that occurred as the baby’s heart was developing during pregnancy. Congenital heart defects are the most commonly occurring birth defect, and …Click here to continue reading

Child advocacy: Why I will never remain silent when equality is at risk

Children's Advocacy NetworkGrowing up I often thought about equality and what that means to me. To me it meant that all kids, no matter their age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs or whatever box people may check off, deserved to have the same chances to succeed in life. As an adult I now realize that equality means much more. It means that a kid’s voice needs to be heard by the policymakers in local, state and federal governments.

Equality means that schools should have the same resources for kids to thrive whether they live in the Amani neighborhood of Milwaukee or in Mequon, Wis. Equality means …Click here to continue reading

Why my family is honored to advocate for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Margolis presents Antonio with an Aaron Rogers jersey.

Dr. Margolis presents Antonio with an Aaron Rogers jersey

Our family will proudly represent Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin during Family Advocacy Day, June 19-20 in Washington, D.C. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the reason our family of six is still together, and we are honored to be able to share our experiences with legislators on behalf of the hospital.

Family Advocacy Day brings nearly 30 families from the nation’s top children’s hospitals to Washington each summer. While there, families educate members of Congress and the media about the quality health care that all children and families need. We also address critical medical and health care concerns for children, …Click here to continue reading

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin employees speak out at WHA Advocacy Day

2013 WHA Advocacy Day

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin employees at WHA Advocacy Day

Last week, I had the pleasure of accompanying a group from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as we joined more than 800 hospital leaders and volunteers at Wisconsin Hospital Association’s (WHA) Advocacy Day in Madison. After hearing from keynote speakers U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, David Rehr of the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University, and Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades, as well as a bipartisan legislative panel, Children’s Hospital employees had the opportunity to …Click here to continue reading

My child advocacy journey: Working together to make a difference

Children's Advocacy NetworkAs a cardiac nurse, I cared for patients one at a time as they went through heart surgery. My role was to educate and support the family, and keep the cardiac teams informed about patients in the surgical pathway.

In time, I wanted to be able to impact the care these patients received before, during and after their hospital stay. That’s when I took a leadership role in the heart program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. It has been very fulfilling to help steer the program with a view on our number 1 priority: our …Click here to continue reading

Child advocacy: If you don’t talk to your elected officials, they can’t hear you

Children's Advocacy Network

I used to get so frustrated with the decisions made by my elected officials. Why didn’t they do what I wanted them to do? They’re supposed to represent me, right?

One problem — I never communicated with any of them. How were they supposed to represent me if I didn’t explain how I felt? That’s when I discovered …Click here to continue reading

We can make a difference for kids, but we need your help

Linda Bevec’s daughter, Claire, received a kidney transplant at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin when she was just 10 years old. Going through that experience made Linda realize how important it is to be a voice for children — because often children can’t speak …Click here to continue reading

Give, advocate and volunteer: What it means to live united

United Way of Greater MilwaukeeThe United Way of Greater Milwaukee recently announced a $51.5 million goal for this year’s community campaign. I am proud to be serving as a co-chair for the campaign because I know the best way to build a strong community it to unite with people around three fundamental issues: education, income and health.

This is an opportunity to showcase Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as a leader in advancing …Click here to continue reading