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 →

We’re in the top 1 percent

Magnet Recognition ProgramIt’s been an exciting two weeks for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses. As we wrapped up National Nurses Week celebrations last week, we were informed of another announcement that we have been anticipating — we were scheduled to receive a phone call from the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program® with news of whether or not Children’s Hospital would receive Magnet designation for the third consecutive time.

This morning our auditorium was packed full of nurses, multidisciplinary team members and leaders. Staff from our Surgicenter and Fox Valley hospital joined by phone and in …Continue reading →

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses lead the way to excellence

7-year-old Carter and Lynn Estacio, BSN, RN

The parents of 7-year-old Carter were one of many families who nominated Lynn Estacio for Nurse of the Year. Carter is pictured with Lynn.

In celebration of National Nurses Week, we are honoring our Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin nurses in many ways.

Day in and day out, each and every one of them demonstrates excellence — excellence in patient care, leadership, mentoring and furthering nursing science through evidence-based practice and research. I am so proud of the many accomplishments of our nurses!

Recognizing the excellence of our nurses extends far beyond me. Each year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides an opportunity for readers to …Continue reading →

How parents can protect children from bullying

How parents can protect children from bullyingAs parents, we support and guide our children through many life lessons and oftentimes think back to our own experiences as a child. I remember my first year of middle school like it was yesterday — I had a pretty significant bicycle accident one month before the first day of school that year, and it left me with scars on my face and shoulder that still remain. Those scars were a perfect target for bullies: Names, laughs, talking behind my back — it all …Continue reading →

Medicine Collection Day: A prescription for clean water and safe kids

Medicine Collection Day: A prescription for clean water and safe kidsAcross the U.S., Medicine Collection Day will be held on Saturday, April 26. This is a great way to safely dispose of unused medicines. This event is held in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

In 2013, 56 percent of calls to the Wisconsin Poison Center involved either prescription or …Continue reading →