Bridging our partnership: Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Bridging our partnership: Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

3-year-old Lydia and Ronald McDonald joined patient families and guests in a ribbon cutting, followed by the first official walk across the new pedestrian sky bridge.

As we celebrate our 30th year of Ronald McDonald House serving families with critically ill or injured children, the completion of the pedestrian sky bridge over Watertown Plank Road signifies a great achievement. We celebrated the milestone with a ribbon cutting today.

Now we can offer a solution to our families for a safe and efficient way to cross Watertown Plank Road to and from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The bridge also represents the …Continue reading →

How parents can prepare for viral season, including EV-D68

How parents can prepare for viral season, including EV-D68Over the last few days, the news media have brought attention to the number of children across the country with respiratory illnesses, particularly Enterovirus EV-D68. Though we haven’t seen any cases of Enterovirus EV-D68 at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin so far this year, we continue to actively test for it.

We’ve seen an anticipated increase in respiratory illness over the last few weeks, both in our primary care clinics and in our emergency room. This is typical for this time of the …Continue reading →

Making remarkable strides in treating kids with cancer, as research progresses

Nurse Kelly Pergande cares for 2-year-old Trevor in our MACC Fund Center.

Nurse Kelly Pergande cares for 2-year-old Trevor in our MACC Fund Center.

For 30 years, I have been helping children who have cancer. Every child and every family has a different story, but each one is a story of hope and courage. And each one begins the same way — with the words no parents ever want to hear … “your child has cancer.” They’re scared and they feel powerless. That is the reality for families we meet every day.

Over the past 30 years we’ve made remarkable strides in treating kids with cancer, now with successful outcomes for 80 percent of the kids we see. But that means 20 percent of …Continue reading →

Why kids with Down syndrome are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea in children with Down syndromeIn 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics published updated guidelines regarding the medical care for children with Down syndrome. It was recommended that all children with Down syndrome should have a sleep study by age 4. Why?

Children with Down syndrome are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. OSA is a sleep disorder in which the upper airway periodically closes off, not allowing airflow, until …Continue reading →

How dietitians care for children

How dietitians care for childrenMy father-in-law teases me for being a dietitian, saying things like “Did you take all the candy bars away from the kids today?” Little does he know about the day-to-day job of a dietitian.

Dietitian vs. nutritionist: What’s the difference?

I’m sure you’ve heard us called many things — “nutritionist,” “dietary” or even “nutritionalist.” To explain the difference, almost anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist” …Continue reading →

Tracheostomy Home Ventilator Program turns 30

Katelyn and Claudia Renaud, RN: Tracheostomy Home Ventilator Program

8-year-old Katelyn is cared for in our Tracheostomy Home Ventilator Program (pictured with Claudia Renaud, RN).

This year marks 30 years that Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has operated our Tracheostomy/Home Ventilator Program. Since 1984, we have served over 700 children and their families, and have become the premier program of its kind in the region.

A tracheostomy is a surgical procedure that inserts a tube into the trachea, or windpipe, to …Continue reading →