Father’s Day: Dad shares story of his adopted daughter’s journey through Larsen syndrome

On this Father’s Day, I find myself reflecting back to 2010 and how this dream of fatherhood became a reality. Libbie was in China and my wife, Julie, and I were still looking for airline tickets, waiting on a date from the U.S. Consulate. Three weeks later we were approaching the Civil Affairs building in Zhengzhou, and I could feel myself getting nervous and …Continue reading →

The power of partnership in injury prevention

Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy ProgramKohl’s Cares® announced today the renewal of its partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin with a donation of $3.7 million over the next three years.

This generous donation supports the Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Program, an outreach program designed to teach children how to stay safe in their environments — in the …Continue reading →

Ranked among the best in all 10 specialty areas by U.S. News & World Report

Ranked among the best in all 10 specialty areas by U.S. News & World ReportWe believe that kids deserve the best. So we celebrate when others recognize Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as being among the best. That makes the last few weeks pretty exciting for us.

First was the announcement that we received Magnet recognition for the third time. Magnet status is awarded to health care organizations for quality patient care and nursing …Continue reading →

5 reasons why you should have a MyChart account

5 reasons why you should have a MyChart accountIf you or your family members see a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin provider, consider opening a MyChart account. MyChart lets you view portions of your electronic medical records, helping you to become more involved with your family’s health care.

Here are five reasons why you should open a MyChart account. MyChart allows you to: …Continue reading →

Delivering a preemie: The story behind our Time magazine story

Melissa, Kyle and baby David

Melissa, Kyle and baby David

Our son David was born three months before his due date because I had a condition known as placenta previa. I went into pre-term labor and with every contraction, David’s heart rate dropped, creating a potentially deadly situation for him. After three days and two nights of this, he was born at 5:30 p.m. on January 28, weighing only 2 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 15 ¼ inches long.

The scariest aspect of David’s early arrival was the fact that we were marching into the unknown, as David’s dad, Kyle, put it. We didn’t know if he would live or not, whether he would be healthy or have a lot of problems, how long he would have …Continue reading →

Rashes and coughs concern parents the most

Children's On Call mobile appEvery child has occasional health issues that concern parents. Ever wonder if the issues that concern you are unique?

Thanks to the Children’s On Call mobile app launched earlier this year, we now have a glimpse into what’s concerning parents. If you aren’t familiar with the app, it provides guidance on the appropriate level of medical care for common health problems, as well as …Continue reading →

A most heartfelt thank you — Miracle Marathon 2014

Last week, our community came together to celebrate our own Memorial Day tradition — the Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon on 96.5 WKLH. Our lobby buzzed with activity as Dave Luczak and Carole Caine broadcasted live from our hospital. They have been instrumental in making Miracle Marathon one of the most successful radiothons in the nation, and words cannot describe our gratitude to them and the entire WKLH team.

In just 36 hours, this year’s event raised $1.42 million, which is truly amazing. This was the …Continue reading →

Lulu’s inspiring story: Support the Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon

My family has spent a lot of time at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin over the past two and a half years. My daughter Lulu was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) just one week before her fifth birthday, and our lives were forever changed.

No one could (or should) know the severe highs and lows our family experienced, and the …Continue reading →

How to keep young athletes off the DL this summer

How to keep young athletes off the DL this summerMost of us have probably seen or heard the sad story of a kid who has to spend the whole summer on the sideline in a cast, sling, or on crutches while watching all the other kids run and play and well … be kids. As the temperatures get warmer, kids are going to be outside playing — and getting hurt. While most of these bumps and bruises likely can be handled …Continue reading →