2013 Annual Report

Nothing matters more than our children. At Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, we believe that kids deserve the best. Our belief drives everything we do. It defines our vision for the future and our mission for today. Originally founded by seven women who recognized the tremendous need for pediatric care in the community, Children’s continues to rely on community support now more than ever.  And the community has responded!

 In 2013, we had a record-setting year, raising approximately $46 million to support our care, advocacy, research and education efforts, providing the very best for kids and families. Below are just a few of the milestones reached and recognition earned through your generous support.

  • In partnership with Marquette University College of Nursing, we opened central city clinics at the COA Goldin Center and Northside YMCA to provide medical homes for impoverished children and their adult caregivers.
  • Generous donors provided millions and government affairs staff worked with the state to approve an additional $10.6 million in government funding to help neglected and abused children and advance the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a first-of-its-kind family justice model in Milwaukee.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit redesign construction began, which will result in all private rooms and a larger, state-of-the-art unit when it is complete.
  • Parents Magazine ranked us the #4 children’s hospital in the nation. Six specialties ranked in the top 10 including Preemie and Newborn Care (#1) and Emergency Care (#3).
  • Catalpa Health opened its doors in Appleton to provide seamless, accessible behavioral and mental health services for children in the Fox Valley. This was a collaborative effort between Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Affinity Health System and ThedaCare.
  • Kohl's Cares Grow Safe & Healthy program launched featuring several fun, interactive kiosks along with a mobile tour and a digital app to teach children and families about injury prevention.
  • Opened Fox Point primary and specialty care clinic "bringing care closer to home."
  • The Access Center opened in 2013, helping to coordinate services and appointments for hundreds of families travelling from across the US and other countries for our services.
  • Electronic health care records were made available at 19 Primary Care clinics, 8 Community Services Child and Family Counseling locations and 3 Child Advocacy Centers, enabling us to integrate across all points of service and ensure the best and safest care.
  • We partnered with Department of Children and Families and the Department of Health Services to provide medical care to children in out-of-home care.
  • In 2013, 96% of our kids stayed in a stable foster care setting during the time they were with us.
  • The David A. Margolis Chair in Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant was funded and
    James T. Casper, MD named as the first chair holder to advance our research in this field. Dr. Robert Chayer was also named to the Chucker Aring Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Dr. Kurt Hecox was named the chair holder to the Heidi Marie Bauman Chair in Pediatric Epilepsy.