Family Support Program makes NICU at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin second to none

Finn's NICU storyHere at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, it isn’t just the medical expertise that has made us the  #1 ranked hospital in the nation in caring for premature babies. It’s also our commitment to supporting the family and guiding them through what can be such a trying …Continue reading →

Growing up with a new heart, a new life

Vincent gets a new heartMy name is Vincent, and I am 14 years old. One week before my seventh birthday, I had a heart transplant at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. People made a big deal about it, because I was the first kid in the upper Midwest to receive a Berlin heart.

A Berlin heart is a fake heart that you wear on the outside of your body. It keeps you alive while you wait for a transplant. I was out of the hospital in just 10 days! Now, I get to …Continue reading →

Thank you Children’s Hospital for making my daughter feel like a star

Lily and Bailey are twin sistersIt was a once in a lifetime experience. A few weeks ago my daughters, Lily and Bailey, had the opportunity to participate in a video shoot for a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin TV commercial — airing now through the holiday season.

For my entire family, including big sister Maddie, it was a fun and exciting experience. But more importantly, it was an opportunity for them to help other kids by raising awareness …Continue reading →

Honoring the generosity that helps us improve pediatric health care

Honoring the generosity that helps us improve pediatric health care

We thank our donors for everything they help us accomplish.

At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we appreciate all of the ways our donors make a difference in the lives of children. Because of their support, we’re able to provide the highest quality care and move closer to our vision of Wisconsin’s kids being the healthiest kids in the nation.

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of participating in our annual Celebrate Children’s event where our organization formally honors the philanthropic support …Continue reading →

Why I created Team Joey and participate in Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk

Joey spent 74 days at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Joey is now 20 months old.

On Dec. 13, 2011, my son Joseph “Joey” Raymond Esselmann was unexpectedly born at 26 weeks gestational age. He weighed 1 pound, 15 ¾ ounces and was 13 inches long.

The doctors were unsure if Joey would survive, and if he did, whether he would have long-term complications. He spent …Continue reading →

Miracle Treat Day: A sweet way to support Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Jordan and family

Sarah and her family are looking forward to Miracle Treat Day.

Like most 5-year-olds, my daughter Jordan is enjoying summer vacation. She’s taking tap and ballet classes and completed “safety city” training at the Franklin Recreation department. She graduated from Kindergarten Kick Start, a fun way to get ready for school in the fall. She’s also enjoying visits to the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum with her little brother, Joseph, Jr. who we call “Deuce.”

Thursday, Aug. 8, we will be heading to our local Dairy Queen to purchase one of Jordan’s favorite things, DQ Blizzards. Why Aug. 8? Because participating area Dairy Queen stores will donate proceeds from every …Continue reading →

Thanks for your generosity and support during the Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon

Peggy Troy with Dave Luczak and Carole Caine from 96.5 WKLH

Peggy Troy with Dave Luczak and Carole Caine from 96.5 WKLH

Last week, during WKLH’s annual Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon for Children’s Hospital, we raised nearly $1.4 million. This was the 16th year we’ve had the privilege to hold this radiothon with 96.5 WKLH, which since its inception has raised more than $18 million for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

For two days each May, our lobby buzzes with activity as Dave Luczak and Carole …Continue reading →

Why you should listen to the Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon for Children’s Hospital

Emily Venteicher

Tune in to 96.5 WKLH May 23-24 to hear Emily’s story on the Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon for Children’s Hospital.

Hello, my name is Emily Venteicher. I’m 12 years old. On Feb. 13, 2013, I was taken by Flight for Life to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. I had gone skiing earlier that day. I went off a jump and fell on my head while not wearing a helmet. I had a brain injury called a subdural hematoma. That same night, I underwent surgery to alleviate the pressure on my brain. Six days later, I was released from the hospital and was able to return home to my family two months earlier than the …Continue reading →

Advancements bring new hope and better outcomes for NICU babies

Who would have known that the little girl who would rather play “doll hospital” than “house” would someday work in the #1 NICU in the country? Who would have known that the preteen girl obsessed with “Cherry Ames” nurse series of books would eventually work in the #1 NICU in the country? Who would have known that the NICU nurse would become …Continue reading →

Advance practice nurses play important role for infants and families

Newborn Progressive Care Unit

Once an infant is stable, they may be transferred from our NICU to our NPCU.

The Neonatology Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has seen many changes in the past several years. One notable change is the increase in the number of neonatal nurse practitioners now participating in patient care in both the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Newborn Progressive Care Unit.

A neonatal nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has an advanced degree and special training in the care of …Continue reading →