Developmental follow-up clinic volume

Why we measure it - Infants who have had heart surgery have a greater risk for growth and developmental problems in the first three years of life. The developmental follow-up clinic at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee offers early intervention services during this critical developmental time. Our specialists saw over 350 patients in 2012.

Developmental and behavioral clinic volume

What this means - Research shows that physicians and hospitals that treat a large number of patients tend to provide better care and have improved outcomes for treatments and procedures. The developmental follow-up clinic was created to closely monitor the development of infants and young children to up age three.

About the data - This graph shows the number of patient visits to the developmental follow-up clinic from 2009 to 2012.

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How we provide the best care

  • Children's Hospital is recognized across the nation for pioneering the first cardiac developmental follow-up clinic in the country. Team members monitor the developmental milestones of infants and toddlers with congenital heart disease.
  • Each child is cared for by a multidisciplinary team including a highly specialized developmental pediatrician, speech, occupational and physical therapists, and a nurse practitioner.
  • Our therapists have highly specialized training in neurodevelopment as well as in-depth experience working with children.
  • Follow-up appointments are scheduled every six months up through age three.
  • A pediatric psychologist helps parents with their child's transition into school for children aged four and older. They work closely with school officials to inform and educate them about your child's special care needs.
  • Our specialists share their guidelines with other pediatric centers across the country and are frequently asked to serve as consultants to provide input and feedback to develop new programs

Parent involvement and support

  • Parents are considered a vital part of their child's care team and are given an action plan to help foster their child's development.
  • Parents also receive a report card on their child's progress during each visit. This information is also shared with your child's cardiologist and primary care doctor.
  • We know families need support when caring for a child with heart problems. Our team members provide support services, such as stress reduction strategies and relaxation techniques to help families cope with their child's treatment and recovery process.