Committed to learning

traininglogoChildren’s Hospital and Health System was recognized by Training magazine as one of the top 125 providers of employer-sponsored training programs. Each year, the magazine ranks companies around the world for their workforce training and development.

This is the first year we have applied. It is a special honor for everyone at Children’s. We work hard to support our employee’s knowledge and skill needs, and maintain a competitive work environment.

The health system invests in various resources to ensure new employees are successfully oriented to their jobs and that current employees have the training support they need as medical technology and evidence-based practice evolves. …Continue reading →

A chance to help

Yesterday was a red-letter day for Children’s as we work to improve the health of children everywhere. Children’s has provided some assistance to the victims of the Haitian earthquake. News reports tell how quickly basic supplies were depleted in Haiti in the face of such overwhelming need. A spontaneous collaboration grew from a conversation with our board member Joel Quadracci and CEO Peggy Troy about how we could send help.

In a few hours we were able to pull together a donation of antibiotics, dressings, bandages, formula, slippers, crutches and more… we are indeed fortunate to have supplies to share. The fantastic part is that the materials were collected, assembled, transported and delivered by the Quad/Graphics airplane so quickly and so efficiently. They safely flew to the Dominican Republic and were delivered to the Red Cross in Santo Domingo at 02:00 this morning, less than 24 hours after Joel and Peggy’s conversation. Now the supplies are crossing the border to Haiti where they will do a world of good.

After thanking everyone who helped, I went home proud of what we had done, proud of my organization and my community, and grateful to be a part of some help for kids and families who have been badly hurt by a devastating natural disaster.

-Tracy Cleveland, director, Materials Services, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

What would you do with $114 million?

cbreportcoverYou could probably do a number of things with that much cash. Would you travel the world? Buy a new car? Pay off your house? Retire early?

Children’s Hospital and Health System knows what they’d do with $114 million – they’d invest it right back into the community.

The health system did just that last year – with the sole purpose of making the world a better place for children. …Continue reading →

Families show appreciation for Children’s Hospital with special jack-o-lantern

Ty Mursau, 3, poses with the pumpkin his mother helped carve with another Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin patient family.

Ty Mursau, 3, poses with the pumpkin his mother helped carve with another Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin patient family.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is a special place for many families. They can spend weeks and months in the hospital getting to know doctors and other staff.

This fall, two patient families have shared their appreciation for the care they have received. Jeni Mursau and Erin Darling carved a special pumpkin with the hospital’s logo on it. The process took almost 90 minutes. …Continue reading →

Redefining beauty and making a difference

When you’re different, you feel like the entire world is watching your every move. People with genetic conditions like albinism have never felt beautiful. My mission is to change that.

After spending years on the fashion runways in New York City, Paris and Milan, I had seen one kind of beauty. But then, I found a different kind of beauty. I left the fashion industry and started Positive Exposure in 1998. …Continue reading →

Making life easier for New Berlin parents

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Jeanne Connor and her family, of Muskego, participated in the grand opening ribbon tying ceremony.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Jeanne Connor and her family, of Muskego, participated in the grand opening ribbon tying ceremony.

We are thrilled to announce that our New Berlin clinic opened and is seeing its first patients today. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-New Berlin Clinics is located just north of I-43 at the intersection of Moorland and Beloit Roads. It is a beautiful new three-story, 75,000 square foot space. This is Children’s first venture into opening an outpatient center that will provide a place for many of the same pediatric specialists who practice at Children’s Hospital to see patients closer to families who live in New Berlin and surrounding communities.

We’ve had the opportunity to speak with so many of our families who come to Children’s Hospital for specialty care who now can have that same care closer to home in a much more convenient setting. Our goal is to make life easier for parents.

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Red Dragon is coming to Children’s Wednesday, June 17

It’s hard to imagine the unimaginable and often frightening to think about the unthinkable, but that’s what we’ll be doing at Children’s Hospital this week.  As we’ve seen with Hurricane Katrina and other large emergencies, disasters do happen. This Wednesday June 17, for the first time anywhere in the country, the U.S. military will assist hospitals throughout southeastern Wisconsin in practicing our coordinated response to a simulated disaster in the community.  The exercise is known as the Red Dragon – Homeland Defense Training Exercise and is the largest full-scale exercise in the United States this year.  Close to 3,000 troops will be spread across 10 hospitals to rehearse our disaster plans and work together to meet crucial medical needs.

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Friendly pirates visit Children’s


Pirates meet patients at Children's Hospital!

As a performer with First Stage Children’s Theater, I was fortunate to visit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for our annual end-of-season performance there. And what a show it was! The production is called “How I Became A Pirate.”

We left the Todd Wehr Theater at the Marcus Center in downtown Milwaukee in our costumes and five of us “pirates” rode in my dad’s van. It was particularly amusing to pass people on the street who noticed a van full of pirates. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left, the staff at Children’s Hospital couldn’t have been more gracious and friendly. They joked with us about how we probably didn’t need to wear visitor passes because we would be fairly easy to identify.

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Nurses reaching new heights

National Nurses’ Week is celebrated each year on May 6 and ends May 12, on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nurses’ Week brings public awareness to the nursing profession and allows us time to reflect on the remarkable work of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses. Each and every day our nurses make a difference in the lives of children and families. I thank our nurses for their compassion, professionalism and commitment to providing the best and safest care on behalf of the patients and families we serve.

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In case you haven’t heard . . .

It’s official! Our new west tower opened to the public this morning. Over the weekend, we held several events, including one for our staff and their families to tourchildrenshospitalsign. It was really exciting to see their reactions to the new spaces where they soon will be working. It also was a really nice opportunity for their families to see where they work. We offered tours of the new hospital rooms, were serenaded by Children’s own chorus and had face painting and other activities for kids.  The words, “awesome,” and “wow,” were used repeatedly!  The acknowledgement of the attention to detail that was put into the design confirmed our commitment to listening to our staff and families.

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