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 →

Watch 4-year-old Antonio go home with a new heart

Every patient who comes through the door at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is precious. Some we see for just a single appointment, while others stay with us all day, every day for months, until they become like family.

Antonio Dawson was with us at the Herma Heart Center for 233 days, more than seven months, while he waited for a heart transplant. That’s a long time for anyone, but just imagine Continue reading →

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin wins Lab of the Year

Lab of the Year: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin wins national honor

Nimfa Albano, BSMT (ASCP), holds the issue of Medical Laboratory Observer that honors Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as having the Lab of the Year.

Laboratory services might not be something you think about much during a hospital stay or visit, but they are a crucial part of having a successful experience. And at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, you get the very best.

And that’s not just us talking. Medical Laboratory Observer recently honored Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as having the Lab of the Year, selecting our Laboratory Services Continue reading →

Every child is different: Don’t get caught up in milestone myths

Every child is different: Don’t get caught up in milestone mythsWe’ve all been there. Little Suzy down the street starts walking at 9 months, and your little Johnny is 10 months old and doesn’t even crawl. Everyone (especially Grandma!) is asking you, “What’s wrong with Johnny?!? Why isn’t he crawling?!” You can’t sleep at night, but your Continue reading →