Program areas at CHW
Inpatient services: Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Inc. ("chw or "the Hospital") operates a 298-bed Hospital at its milwaukee campus, which includes an emergency room open on a 24/7 basis. It is a freestanding Wisconsin Hospital dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and is one of the leading centers for pediatric health care in the united states. The Hospital serves children with all types of illnesses, injuries, birth defects and other disorders. The Hospital provides acute level services, as well as emergency and specialty care, to children from Wisconsin and beyond. In 2019, 9,467 children were admitted to the milwaukee Hospital, which includes a neonatal intensive care unit (nicu), pediatric intensive care unit (picu), a cancer and blood disorders center, medical/surgical units and a day surgery and short-stay unit. In addition, there were 3,989 observation patients in 2019. The Hospital also operates a separately licensed 42-bed pediatric Hospital, which includes a nicu and a pediatric medical/surgical unit, located at thedacare regional medical center-neenah, through which it provides pediatric expertise to the greater fox valley and green bay areas. In 2019, 519 children were admitted to the fox valley Hospital. In addition, there were 407 observation patients in 2019.outpatient and ambulatory services: the Hospital provides a full array of outpatient ambulatory, diagnostic, treatment and surgical services. Providers at more than 70 subspecialty clinics diagnose and treat a wide variety of pediatric disorders. The Hospital is a certified level 1 pediatric trauma center, and handled 70,709 visits to the emergency department in 2019. Outpatient services are offered at accessible locations throughout southeastern Wisconsin, and in the fox valley and green bay markets. The Hospital's nationally known and recognized specialty programs include those for treating children with airway, digestive and voice conditions; burns; cancer and blood disorders; congenital and acquired heart defects and diseases; craniofacial disorders; dermatology, birthmarks and vascular anomalies; diabetes; gastrointestinal problems; genetic disorders; hiv; neurological disorders; orthopedic conditions (including spine, sports medicine, concussion); immunodeficiencies and immune dysregulation syndromes; psychiatry; sleep disorders; solid organ transplantation; speech and hearing disorders; and spasticity and other tone and mobility conditions. Through its affiliates, the Hospital provides primary care, dental care, mental and behavioral health services and child protective services to underserved children at several clinics in central city milwaukee neighborhoods. The Hospital also offers case management services and a full range of medical, psychological, nursing and social services for children with developmental, behavioral and learning problems. In 2019, there were a total of 354,611 outpatient visits.research: the Hospital and Children's research institute participate in an array of research initiatives seeking to improve the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired pediatric health conditions. These research initiatives include behavioral health; epilepsy and other neurological conditions; heart defects; organ transplantation; birth defects and fetal anomalies; immunological conditions, blood disorders and various childhood cancers; and environmental health conditions. Additional research is conducted in collaboration with academic investigators at the medical college of Wisconsin, marquette university, university of wisconsin-madison and other institutions. Nursing research includes studies regarding pain management, quality of life, coping skills, family readiness and sedation protocols. Education: the Hospital is a major teaching affiliate of the medical college of Wisconsin, with third- and fourth-year medical students rotating through the Hospital for required and elective rotations. The Hospital also maintains a three-year pediatric residency program, a two-year dental training program and an academic fellowship program in an array of specialties. The Hospital has relationships with more than two dozen universities for the clinical education of pediatric nurses and other health care professional students, as well as health care administration and various other disciplines. The Hospital's pediatric specialists also provide education and training to health care professionals at community hospitals, primary care clinics and schools throughout Wisconsin in connection with the identification, diagnosis and treatment of pediatric health and welfare conditions.community education and outreach: the Hospital offers a wide variety of community education, outreach and child health advocacy programs. Through community education programs on topics such as child health, injury prevention, parenting, management of chronic diseases, and preventive health, the Hospital reaches thousands of families. Along with the medical college, the Hospital sponsors the center for the advancement of underserved children, which seeks to improve the health and well-being of children in Wisconsin. The Hospital participates in and staffs Children's health alliance of Wisconsin, through which providers around the state work collaboratively to raise awareness of Children's health issues, increase access to pediatric care, and promote best practices. Other community outreach and advocacy initiative examples include car seat clinics, the daniel m. soref family resource center, sojourner family peace center (services for adults and children who have experienced domestic violence), and project adam (education and prevention initiatives in the area of pediatric sudden cardiac death).