2014 Annual Report

In 2014, our community helped us raise approximately $36 million to support our care, advocacy, research and education efforts, providing the very best for kids and families. Below are some of the milestones achieved and recognitions received with your generous support:

  • A multidisciplinary team from the Fetal Concerns Center completed the state's first ever in-utero repair of a myelomeningocele (aka spina bifida), making us one of the few centers in the country performing this sophisticated procedure.
  • We celebrated the groundbreaking of the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a collaborative effort with numerous organizations, bringing together shelter, medical, therapeutic, legal and justice services for women and children whose lives have been touched by domestic violence and abuse.
  • Our donors and benefactors responded with overwhelming generosity to our campaign for an expanded, improved Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Fueled by these gifts, the first phase of our new NICU opened its door to our tiniest patients and their families in 2014. The new unit provides private rooms and incorporates the best and latest technologies to improve quality of care and ensure a family-centered focus.
  • In more good news for our newborn care, the John A and Linda Mellowes Family Chair in Intensive Care was funded, and Michael Uhing, MD Medical Director of Neonatology, was named as first chairholder.
  • In 2014, we were grateful to receive significant gifts in support of our research into childhood cancer and blood disorders and begin the remodel of our MACC Fund Center featuring the Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital.


  • Our vision is that Wisconsin children will be the healthiest in the nation. Preventative care is the foundation of the approach, and care close to home is critical for Wisconsin families. The opening of our Delafield clinic delivers primary and specialty care into the heart of our western community.
  • Donor support enables us to expand our access center, helping to coordinate visits for patients traveling to us from outside of the area.
  • A transformative $3 million gift was made to Children's and the Medical College of Wisconsin to improve access to mental health care for children in Milwaukee's neighborhoods with the greatest need.


  • At Children's our care involves nurturing, supporting and counseling the whole family. We are grateful for a truly impactful gift made to our Daniel M. Soref Family Resource Center. This is a space where families come for parent-to-parent support, referrals, help connecting to community resources, and Medicaid consultation.


  • For the third consecutive year, Children's was designated a Magnet hospital by the American Nursing Credentialing Council. This distinction places us in the top 1% of hospitals and is a well-deserved recognition of our excellent nursing care.
  • Children's was ranked in all 10 specialties evaluated by US News and World Report, including a #5 ranking for our Herma Heart Center. Other areas of care include: diabetes/endocrine, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neuroscience, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.
  • The excellence of our newborn and preemie care was highlighted in a June 2014 cover story in TIME magazine.

At Children's, we continually set 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 will make a difference in the life of a child. Thank you for your vision and your generosity.