Newborn surgical survival outcomes

Why we measure it - Newborns (0-30 days old) in their delicate condition have a higher risk of complications after heart surgery. Our Herma Heart Center surgical team at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee generates some of the best survival outcomes in the country for newborns who have undergone heart surgery.

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What this means - Herma Heart Center at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has a higher survival rate for newborns undergoing heart surgery compared with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

About the data - Newborns (0-30 days) discharge survival from 2008 through 2012 for all heart surgical procedures.

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How we provide the best care

  • Each of our cardiothoracic surgeons is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery in Congenital Heart Surgery. They are the only ones in the state with this specialized certification and are listed among the Best Doctors in America year after year.
  • Children's Hospital is recognized worldwide for pioneering the first home monitoring program of its kind. The Interstage Home Monitoring Program helps to dramatically improve infant survival rates after patients are sent home following complex heart surgery. Each patient is assigned a management team made up of a core group of pediatric specialists. This multidisciplinary team includes a pediatric cardiologist, cardiac intensivist, dietitian, speech feeding specialist and social worker.
  • Our Developmental Follow-up Program offers early intervention services for infants and toddlers that have undergone heart surgery. A highly specialized developmental pediatrician coordinates care and evaluates your child during each follow-up visit.

Fetal Concerns Center

  • The Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin can diagnose many birth defects and other health concerns in unborn babies.
  • This program also offers counseling and coordinates needed medical care for mother and baby.
  • The Froedtert & Medical College Birth Center is housed inside Children's Hospital. This arrangement allows fragile newborns to be taken into surgery immediately, which improves survival outcomes.
  • Mothers and babies also enjoy the benefit of being close together and family members only need to drive to one hospital location instead of two different medical centers for visitation.