2016 Annual Report

At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we believe that kids deserve the best.

We are working every day to advance state-of-the-art pediatric health care through life-saving discoveries, cures, and new and better treatments. We are committed to serving the needs of all of Wisconsin’s kids, no matter where they live. And so much of this work – taking place in our hospitals, clinics, and through countless other services and programs throughout the state – relies on support from donors like you.

For more than one hundred years, our community has helped us to provide the very best care for kids and families, and this year was no exception. In 2016, our community raised more than $28 million to help us save and transform lives at Children’s, and for that we are profoundly thankful.

Below are just a few of the milestones reached and recognition earned through your generous contributions of gifts, time and financial support:


Groundbreaking Advancements and Partnerships

  • Extraordinary benefactors John and Susan Herma have presented us with The Herma Heart Challenge, a generous $8 million challenge gift and an amazing opportunity to further catapult our heart program. This pivotal time of growth and promise will advance our work to maximize the quality of life after treatment for our heart kids and build on our progress to ultimately eradicate congenital heart disease for future generations.

  • The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has awarded a $1.25 million grant to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to launch a five-year asthma research project aimed at reducing the health risks and economic burden of asthma on children in the greater Milwaukee area. This work has the potential to improve health and decrease medical costs for people affected by asthma, especially children of color living in urban Milwaukee.

  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Helen Bader School of Social Welfare began a new joint effort: the Institute for Child and Family Well-Being (ICFW), an academic-community partnership to improve the lives of children and families facing complex challenges such as violence, incarceration or extreme poverty. The work of this collaborative partnership will extend far beyond the walls of the two individual organizations, with social impacts that span the region.

  • The three-year-long Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expansion and renovation project is nearing completion. Our donors and benefactors responded with overwhelming generosity to this effort to incorporate design concepts that support shorter stays and a better quality of life for our tiniest patients. Updates include special accommodations for multiple births, maximizing nurse proximity to babies and new integrated technologies and will be available for patients in early 2017.

  • Rocks for a Reason, a lighthearted fundraising campaign started by Dr. David Margolis, became a nationwide success generating an outpouring of support from donors in all 50 states plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada. The campaign raised approximately $177,000 from more than 1,000 donors in support of the nation-leading medical care, community-based health initiatives and lifesaving research Children’s provides to kids and families. We are humbled by the overwhelming response and the impact it will have on the services we provide.


Expanding Reach, Improving Access

  • The Midtown Clinic opened in July as a continuation of our commitment to serving the needs of Milwaukee’s central city. The new clinic features wraparound services for patients and families, including primary care and much-needed dental and behavioral health services to the area – addressing two of the greatest health needs identified in a neighborhood with many children and few pediatricians.

  • The new Family Peace Center officially opened in January 2016 to better meet the needs of the most vulnerable kids and families. We serve more than 7,000 children each year who have been victims of violence, and this center brings together law enforcement and community-based services to provide the best family-centered care.

  • To better serve the 3,500 heart patient visits in northeast Wisconsin, we added a second full-time cardiologist to our northeast pediatric cardiology team.

  • New clinic openings in West Bend, Mount Pleasant, Cedarburg and Mequon provide families with more options for high-quality pediatric care, close to home.


Recent Recognition

  • Children’s was ranked among the best in the country in all 10 specialties included in U.S. News & World Report's 2016-17 Best Children's Hospitals report.

  • We were named a Level 1 Children's Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons – the highest level of distinction for hospitals that perform complex surgical procedures in newborns, children and teens.

  • Our urgent care centers are the first in the nation to receive Patient-Centered Connected Care recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

  • Our Herma Heart Center Pulmonary Hypertension Program was accredited as a Center of Comprehensive Care by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. We are only the fourth pediatric center in the country to receive this highest designation.

  • Our congenital heart surgery program is “3-star” rated (the highest possible) for outcomes by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons – among the country’s top 5 percent.

Children’s continually sets new standards of excellence in pediatric health care, improving the lives of children in our hospital and in our neighborhoods through clinical care, research and critical community programs. Wherever you made an investment at Children’s, you can be certain that your gift has made a difference in the life of a child.

Thank you to our supporters who helped us in so many ways.