Why being ranked by Parents magazine is more than a popularity contest

Parents magazine 10 best children's hospitalsI have a passion for helping kids live safe, healthy lives. That’s one reason I chose to become a pediatrician. It’s also why I continue to treat patients in addition to my duties as chief medical officer at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. If you ask nearly anyone here, they’ll tell you the same thing. This passion and clear sense of purpose shine through in so many ways at our hospital.

This week, our dedication to helping kids resulted …Click here to continue reading

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin celebrates top doctors

2013 Best Doctors in AmericaAs a pediatric emergency physician at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, I am honored to work with some of the top doctors in the country. They are truly the best of the best. As the Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Specialty Group, I continue to be impressed with the work these doctors do every day, providing excellent care to every patient.

2013 M Magazine’s Top-rated DoctorsMore than 170 Children’s Hospital doctors were selected as 2013 Best Doctors in America. Over 230 were selected as 2013 M Magazine’s Top-rated Doctors. These awards are a great recognition of the expertise of our providers. They are important to our patients and families because they mean you are being cared for by doctors who are among the very best in the nation.

At Children’s Hospital, all we do is care for kids. Our doctors …Click here to continue reading

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 …Click here to 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 …Click here to 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, …Click here to 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 …Click here to continue reading