Transplant volume per year

Why we measure it: The Pediatric Heart Transplant Program at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has grown tremendously since 1991 and is now considered one of the fastest growing programs of its kind in the country.


What this means: This graph shows the number of heart transplants Children's Hospital of Wisconsin performed per year from 1991 through 2012. Children's Hospital performs a large number of transplants each year. Research has proven that hospitals that have higher transplant volumes provide better patient care and result in better outcomes for procedures and treatments compared to other centers with lower volumes.

About the data: The data source is from Steven Zangwill, MD, Herma Heart Center, UNOS.

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How we provide the best care

  • Children's Hospital's Heart Transplant Program ranks in the top 10 percent of pediatric heart transplant programs for volume.
  • Our 72-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is staffed by board-certified and pediatric-trained critical care specialists and anesthesiologists with subspecialty training in pediatric anesthesiology. Most are board-certified in multiple areas such as pediatric medicine, critical care and pain management.
  • Each patient has a transplant coordinator who closely manages the care before and after surgery.
  • We offer ABO-incompatible heart transplants, which decreases wait times and prevents wait-list deaths.
  • We are one of the first centers to create a successful application of a virtual cross-match strategy for heart transplant patients which can lead to better outcomes and shorter wait-list times.
  • Our specialists work with the BloodCenter of Wisconsin which allows us to transplant more highly sensitized patients.