Teen patients spend an Evening with Stars at prom

Prom night at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Prom night at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

An Evening with the Stars was much more than just prom night at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. As a Teen Advisory Council member for Children’s, prom was about being able to give back to the community.

Seeing the patients of Children’s smile and laugh is something words can never describe. The thought that something we do could make such a large impact …Continue reading →

How I received special treatment from Donald Driver and the Packers

Donald Driver

Jordan Miller with Donald Driver

I am so happy that Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin gave me the opportunity to meet Donald Driver and other Packers players earlier this month at the Donald Driver Charity Softball Game. It was truly the experience of a lifetime. I will never forget it.

I was picked because I go to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin often because I have type 1 diabetes. I was diagnosed when I was 4 years old. If I’d never been diagnosed, I never would have been able …Continue reading →

How have nurses helped you and your family?

National Nurses Week is celebrated each year May 6-12 to raise awareness about the value of nursing and educate the public about the many roles nurses play in meeting the health care needs of our community.

Nursing often is described as an art and a science. We are a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities it offers. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses work in schools, outpatient surgery centers and clinics, serving in roles like staff nurse, nurse educator, …Continue reading →

Announcing our top 10 blog posts of 2011

Top 10Our blog continues to be an important tool we use to stay in touch with patients, families, advocates, donors and community partners across Wisconsin and the country. This year was no exception.

To help showcase some of this year’s best blog posts, we put together the following list that ranks the 10 blog posts published in 2011 with …Continue reading this post

Video: Winter Carnival at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin creates cool memories for kids

It’s officially winter and what better way to kick off the season than with a winter carnival! Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s first-ever Winter Carnival gave our patients and their families a cool experience despite being in the hospital during the holidays. Our lobby was magically transformed into a winter wonderland, where families got to experience the spirit of the holidays.

Watch the following video to see how winter-themed …Continue reading this post

How a health care hero can make a difference in a child’s life and a community

Recently, I was privileged to attend the Health Care Heroes Awards program sponsored by BizTimes, a biweekly news magazine here in Milwaukee. During this event, Robert Rohloff, MD, a pediatrician at Children’s Medical Group Southwest Pediatrics, was honored as a health care hero.

Dr. Rohloff was recognized for his work instituting a more family-centered way of caring for kids that led to a change in the clinic’s approach to health care. This medical home model is being implemented more widely across the country, and thanks to Dr. Rohloff, Southwest Pediatrics is …Continue reading this post

Wellness winners

I’m pleased to announce that Children’s Hospital and Health System has received the Well Workplace Gold Award from the Wellness Councils of America – again!

This is Children’s Hospital’s second time earning this national award. It recognizes our high level of quality and excellence in employee wellness initiatives. It is an honor to be recognized for this award as it is given to very few companies and seldom presented to a company more than once.

Our wellness initiatives stem from our web-based Healthy Steps program. The program features a variety of health-focused challenges, educational opportunities and nutrition and fitness activities. Participating employees and their spouses or same-gender partners earn wellness credits to qualify for savings on their health insurance premiums. Other wellness initiatives include free health screenings, participation in and sponsorship of fitness and nutrition events, special programs and free flu vaccinations for employees.

We also offer low-cost fitness classes at many of our locations and sponsor a variety of live and online learning opportunities. We even host a seasonal farmer’s market within steps of Children’s Hospital’s front door. It’s open to our patient families, too.

By providing these opportunities, we help our employees to reduce their health risk factors and live a life of healthy habits. When our employees are healthy, they can be their best at work and at home.

Leave us a comment! What are you doing to reduce your health risks?

~ Judy Stellmacher, BSN, RN, wellness coordinator, Children’s Hospital and Health System

What does it take to keep a children’s hospital running during a storm like today’s?

What does it take to keep a children’s hospital running during a storm like today’s? A lot of preplanning and dedicated, caring staff!

We began preparations yesterday as the storm approached. We have a structured way we approach challenging situations. The model we follow is the same one FEMA uses to manage disasters.

Yesterday afternoon, our Warehouse and Distribution staff made extra deliveries of food and supplies to our inpatient operations. We made plans for the visiting siblings and family members who would be unable to safely leave the hospital during the storm. Staff members who were already on duty yesterday signed up to spend the night, knowing that …Continue reading →

Why I love working at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Fox Valley

As the 10th anniversary of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Fox Valley approaches, I was asked to share my favorite memory of working here. I am fortunate enough to have seven great years of memories with Children’s Hospital. When I try to think of a single, favorite memory I am flooded with thoughts and stories of patients and co-workers.

Each day I see patients who hold a special place in my heart. Each day, I work with people …Continue reading →

New clinic opens “south of the border”

Before relocating from the Milwaukee area to northern Illinois four years ago, whenever I thought of Illinois the first things that came to mind were things like road construction, toll roads, Bears fans, toll roads, Cubs fans, toll roads, speeding drivers…did I mention toll roads?

One thing most people don’t think of when they think of Illinois is Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. I know what you’re thinking…Wisconsin? In Illinois?? That’s not possible. Well, not only is it possible, we’re here and we’re doing our best to make Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin one of the first things people think of in Illinois when it comes to top-notch pediatric care. We recently opened our sparkling new clinic in Vernon Hills, which is about 13 miles south of two other Illinois things many people think about – Great America and Gurnee Mills. While we may not offer the thrill rides of the former or the shop-’til-you-drop experience of the latter, I can say with confidence that your child will receive the best medical care this side of the state line.

Our specialty clinic is home to programs such as Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Pulmonology and a “non-ology,” Asthma/Allergy. These services are provided by nationally recognized Children’s Physician Group specialists who share a common goal – to provide the best care possible for the kids of northern Illinois. In addition, our primary care clinic offers the full spectrum of pediatric care from two board-certified pediatricians who have treated children in our community for years. So, whether your child has a serious heart condition or just a cold, we offer both primary and specialty care, all under one roof.

I realize that for most kids, going to the doctor isn’t as exciting as going to Great America or even Gurnee Mills. We don’t have a roller coaster or a food court. What we do have is a passion for kids and partnering with their families to ensure their well-being and their brightest possible future. I hope you’ll bring your kids to meet our doctors.

To learn more about the services we offer and the doctors who are ready to partner with you in the care of your child, visit our website at chw.org/Illinois.

~Gary Bishop, Specialty Program Manager, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Vernon Hills Clinic