Quality and Outcomes Reports - Orthopedics
Time to Next Appointment
Why we measure it - We want our patients to be able to make appointments in a timely manner. The time to next appointment is actually the time to the third next available appointment for new patients, which is a more accurate measure of how long a patient may have to wait before seeing a specialist. Patients with urgent and emergent needs are seen immediately.
What this means - We constantly strive to accommodate future appointments quickly and conveniently. Our goal is to have appointments in 14 days or less. We are currently meeting our goal by scheduling new patient appointments in 2 days or less in both of our clinic locations.
About the data - These data show the number of days to schedule a new, nonurgent appointment.
Related dimensions of care:
What we're doing to provide the best care:
- We offer a second clinic location in Greenfield (Greenway Clinic), to reduce the number of trips many families need to make to our hospital location. Patients see the same orthopedic specialists at the Greenway Clinic as they would at the hospital.
- The Orthopedic Center uses the Lean system to improve the way the clinic runs and the overall patient and family experience in the clinic. Lean is an internationally recognized tool that helps the clinic run more efficiently and allows health care providers to focus on caring for patients. The Greenway Clinic location was designed using the Lean system.
- The orthopedic team of doctors, physician's assistants and nurse practitioners collaborates to take care of patients, which allows us to be as efficient as possible.
- We have expanded our pediatric and adolescent Sports Medicine Program through the addition of a Concussion Clinic and a program director.
- We perform many outpatient procedures at the Surgicenter of Greater Milwaukee located approximately 10 minutes from Children's Hospital. Here, patients may be scheduled sooner and enjoy the convenience of a smaller facility, while being cared for by the same pediatric orthopedic surgeons and pediatric anesthesiologists they would see at the hospital.
Patients and families:
- If you cannot keep a scheduled appointment, please call Central Scheduling, at (877) 607-5280, or (414) 607-5280 as soon as possible to reschedule so another child can be seen.
- Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so we can gather needed information from you before you see the doctor.
- Referring physicians can access our specialists for consultation or transport 24 hours a day. Call our physician referral line at (800) 266-0366.
- Forward any needed patient documentation, including test results, to the specialty doctor's office prior to the patient's visit.
- 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.
- Care guidelines for medical professionals
- Educational materials
- Pocket Directory
If you have questions about these data or information, email us or call (414) 266-6556.