2015 Annual Report

At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, our vision is to have the healthiest kids in the country. For more than one hundred years, our community has helped us to provide the very best care for kids and families. In 2015, our community helped us raise approximately $28 million to continue this important work, and for that we are profoundly thankful. Below is a sampling of the impact made through your generosity.

Breaking Ground

  • Our new MACC Fund Center clinic and Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital opened to support and continue to improve the survivorship and quality of life of children with cancer and blood disorders through excellence of care, research and education. The new care areas were designed with help from former patients and families and will deliver cutting-edge treatments and support the needs of the entire family.
  • The inpatient unit of our Neurosciences Center moved into a redesigned space, developed with many new and innovative features to improve patient care including: 22 patient rooms equipped with high-definition long-term camera monitoring, a state-of-the-art epilepsy monitoring control room, a rehabilitation gym and more.
  • Our new state-of-the-art sibling care room opened in September, enhancing our wraparound care for the entire family. This new space for siblings of children in our care was made possible through the grass-roots fundraising efforts of a patient family and their Playroom of Hope campaign.

Expanding Reach, Improving Access

  • Preventive care is the foundation of our vision, and care close to home is critical for Wisconsin families. Children’s announced it will open a new clinic in northwest Milwaukee, in a neighborhood with few pediatric health care options and a large population of children. The new Midtown Clinic will open in 2016 and will offer primary care, behavioral medicine and dental care services.
  • In the Fox Valley, Catalpa Health launched its new Access Center with a goal of improving patient access to mental health services. As a result, wait times for mental health therapy have decreased from 50 days to less than five business days.

Recent Recognition

  • Children’s was ranked in nine specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, with five of those ranking in the top 20. This includes a second #5 ranking for our Herma Heart Center. Others areas of care include: gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neuroscience, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.
  • We received accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance in recognition of the high-quality, evidence-based care provided by our child advocacy centers.
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has been redesignated as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). Level 4 is the highest level of specialized epilepsy care available. Level 4 centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy. We are the only Level 4 pediatric epilepsy program in the state.
  • Children’s imaging program recently earned elite distinction as Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the highest measure of imaging accreditation. Only two other children’s hospitals in the United States have earned this status. This is reflection of the skill and dedication of our doctors, technologists and team members, who work together to ensure all children receive safe, quality imaging.


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.