MILWAUKEE (7/12/2010) - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the Next Door Foundation, two of Milwaukee's leading advocates for children, will break ground Wednesday, July 14, on a new 7,700 square-foot Children's Hospital of Wisconsin medical and dental center, scheduled to open in spring 2011. Children's Medical Group-Next Door Pediatrics, a member of the Children's Hospital family, currently provides medical care to children at Next Door Foundation as well as those from the Metcalfe Park neighborhood. Next Door Pediatrics will move into the new building alongside the new dental center. KBS is the construction company, and the architect for the project is Eppstein Uhen Architects.
"More than 70 percent of Wisconsin's low-income children go without oral health care, and poor oral health has a significant impact on a child's overall health, well-being and ability to learn," said Peggy Troy, MSN, RN, president and CEO of Children's Hospital and Health System. "The Next Door Foundation, and Alderman and Common Council President Willie L. Hines, Jr., have been instrumental in making this vital project a reality. Accessible, quality dental care is critical to every child's health."
"The expanded facility, combined with new dental services, will allow us to fulfill a broader range of health care needs for the children in our community," said Carol Keintz, executive director, Next Door Foundation. "The Next Door Foundation is proud to be part of this collaborative effort in Milwaukee."
Children's Hospital currently provides dental care at two locations in Milwaukee, with a clinic at Children's Hospital and one within the Downtown Health Center, 1020 N. 12th Street. In 2009, the clinics had more than 11,000 patient visits.