MILWAUKEE (5/16/2011) -
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the Next Door Foundation, two of Milwaukee's leading advocates for children, will host the grand opening for Children's Hospital's Primary Care and Dental Center at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 17.
Children's Medical Group-Next Door Pediatrics, a member of Children's Hospital and Health System, has provided medical care to children in the Metcalfe Park neighborhood since 1999. The primary care center now will be housed in a separate building alongside a pediatric dental center.
"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 Hines have been instrumental in making this vital project a reality."
"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 extend our long-term collaboration with Children's Hospital."
The 7,700-square-foot center was designed by Eppstein Uhen Architects and built by KBS Construction. Funding was provided in part through generous private donations from Delta Dental of Wisconsin, The Harley-Davidson Foundation, Briggs & Stratton Corporation Foundation, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, KBS Construction and N.J. Staunt Larson.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, founded in 1894, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is rated No. 3 in the nation by Parents magazine and named one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons. The hospital has been redesignated a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a national honor that recognizes nursing excellence. Private, independent and not-for-profit, the hospital serves children and families from Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern Illinois and beyond. Children's Hospital is the flagship member of Children's Hospital and Health System. In 2009, the health system invested more than $76 million into the community to improve the health status of children. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.