Quality and Outcomes Reports - Herma Heart Center
Developmental Follow-Up Clinic Volume
Why we measure it- Infants who have had heart surgery have a greater risk for growth and developmental problems in the first three years of life. The Developmental Follow-up Clinic at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee offers early intervention services during this critical developmental time. Our specialists saw over 350 patients in 2012.
What this means - Research shows that physicians and hospitals that treat a large number of patients tend to provide better care and have improved outcomes for treatments and procedures. The Developmental Follow-up clinic was created to closely monitor the development of infants and young children to up age three.
About the data - This graph shows the number of patient visits to the Developmental Follow-Up Clinic from 2009 to 2012.
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What we're doing to provide the best care:
- Children's Hospital is recognized across the nation for pioneering the first cardiac Developmental Follow-up Clinic in the country. Team members monitor the developmental milestones of infants and toddlers with congenital heart disease.
- Each child is cared for by a multidisciplinary team including a highly specialized developmental pediatrician, speech, occupational and physical therapists, and a nurse practitioner.
- Our therapists have highly specialized training in neurodevelopment as well as in-depth experience working with children.
- Parents are considered a vital part of their child's care team and are given an action plan to help foster their child's development.
- Parents receive a report card on their child's progress during each visit. This information is also shared with your child's cardiologist and primary care doctor.
- We know families need support when caring for a child with heart problems. Our team members provide support services, such as stress reduction strategies and relaxation techniques, to help families cope with their child's treatment and recovery process.
- Follow-up appointments are scheduled every six months up through age three.
- A pediatric psychologist helps parents with their child's transition into school for children aged four and older. They work closely with school officials to inform and educate them about your child's special care needs.
- Our specialists share their guidelines with other pediatric centers across the country and are frequently asked to serve as consultants to provide input and feedback to develop new programs.
- Implementation of a Routine Developmental Follow-up Program for Children with Congenital Heart Disease: Early Results
Patients and families:
- If you need to schedule or reschedule an appointment, please call Central Scheduling at (877) 607-5280 or (414) 607-5280 as soon as possible.
- Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so we can gather needed information from you before you see the doctor.
- Check with your insurance provider before your visit to see if a referral is needed to see a specialist at Children's Hospital.
- Bring the name, address, phone and fax numbers of your primary care and/or referring doctor so we can update them appropriately on your care.
- Bring a full list of the medications your child is taking including over-the-counter medicines such as vitamins and supplements.
- Referring physicians can access our specialists for consultation or transport 24 hours a day. Call our physician referral line at (800) 266-0366.
- Health care providers from outside of our southeastern Wisconsin service area are encouraged to use our web-based e-Consult service. This service is available for non-urgent patient cases only and gives providers access to our specialists to review patient cases, obtain medical advice or second opinions, and receive care recommendations for rare symptoms and illnesses. e-Consult is not to be used by the general public, parents/guardians or families.
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