Average length of stay

Why we measure it - We realize the importance of not having a child stay in the hospital any longer than necessary. The average time a child is in the hospital depends on many factors including the seriousness of the illness or injury. Medical therapies can have a significant impact on recovery and length of hospital stay.


What this means - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin provides the highest quality of care and sometimes those extra efforts and precautions result in a longer hospital stay. Our average length of stay is slightly longer for gastroschisis and congenital diaphragmatic hernia compared to the national average. The hospital stay for necrotizing enterocolitis is less than the national average.

About the data - This graph reflects the average number of days babies with certain defects stay in the hospital before going home compared to Pediatric Hospital Information System peers. PHIS hospitals represent other leading freestanding pediatric hospitals.

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How we provide the best care

  • Through our Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin, we can diagnose most birth defects and other health concerns in unborn babies. This program offers counseling and coordinates medical care for mother and baby. Early detection improves survival rates and allows time to determine appropriate care after birth.
  • The Froedtert & Medical College Birth Center is housed inside Children's Hospital. This arrangement allows fragile newborns to be taken into surgery immediately after birth and also keeps the mother and baby together. Family members also enjoy the convenience of driving to one hospital location instead of two different medical centers for visitation.
  • Neonates receive speech, physical and occupational therapy while in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to make sure they learn how to grab, hold, suck, swallow and eat - skills even the sickest babies need to develop normally.