Why uncontrolled asthma can cause sleep problems in children

Why uncontrolled asthma can cause sleep problems in childrenSleep is a time to rest and replenish. Unfortunately, sleep is often considered a luxury these days, as there are so many activities that disrupt our sleep: that new TV show, one last peek at Facebook, a cool picture on Pinterest … wait, is that a video of a cat playing piano?

But some children often have health issues that disrupt their sleep. The Centers for Disease Continue reading →

Driven to Better Health campaign names 6 finalists for Donald Driver visit

Donald Driver and Driven to Better HealthLast year, I teamed with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to create Driven to Better Health, a program that promotes health and wellness to Wisconsin’s youth in school and at home.

It was so gratifying when 150 schools across Wisconsin signed up to participate, agreeing to implement programs and activities that would encourage and sustain healthy eating and Continue reading →

Measuring pediatric heart surgery excellence: Why 3 stars matters

Measuring pediatric heart surgery excellence: Why 3 stars mattersThis spring Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s congenital heart surgery program was awarded a 3-star rating for quality and clinical excellence by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Only the top 5 percent of heart centers nationally received the STS’ highest designation, making Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin just one of six centers in the Continue reading →

Beautiful photos of babies in our NICU with their moms

Stephanie & baby Paisley in crib in our NICU

Baby Paisley was born at 30 weeks and weighed 3 pounds, 5 ounces at birth.

Mother’s Day is special wherever you celebrate. This year, we met with eight moms who will be spending Mother’s Day with their newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units in our Milwaukee and Neenah hospitals.

For some, it will be their first Mother’s Day as a mom. In addition to all the emotions that Continue reading →

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurse honored with Nurse of the Year award

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurse awarded Nurse of the Year

Michelle Czarnecki, MSN, RN-BC, APNP, was recognized by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with their 2015 Nurse of the Year award.

It’s well-known that Michelle Czarnecki knows her stuff! As an advanced practice nurse in the Jane B. Pettit Pain and Headache Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Michelle works with kids to help manage pain that comes as a result of a medical condition or Continue reading →

Why you should garden and grow your own food

Why you should garden and grow your own foodQuick, what’s a great way to provide good, physical activity for you and your family that can also save you money and provide fresh, healthy food? Growing a garden!

If you’re new to gardening and think it’s only for those with the greenest of thumbs, never fear. With some simple planning (for instance, start small), you can soon be enjoying the Continue reading →