Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin speaks out in Washington, D.C., on behalf of our patients and families

Speaking out in Washington, D.C., on behalf of our patients and familiesChildren’s Hospital of Wisconsin is dedicated to advocating on behalf of our patients and families at the local, state and national level to positively impact legislation that affects the health of children and families in Wisconsin and nationwide.

Later this month, I will have the honor of visiting federal lawmakers in Washington, D.C., with Continue reading →

Overscheduled kids: How much is too much?

Overscheduled kids: How much is too much?Piano lessons, basketball practice, dance recitals, swim meets, chess club, football games, out-of-town baseball tournaments … these are all great activities that can contribute to a child living a healthy, active life. But how much is too much? And how harmful is too much?

The overscheduling of kids has been a heated topic over the years, with terms like “tiger mom,” “helicopter parent,” “mommy wars” and “free-range children” popping up to enflame Continue reading →

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 →