Neonatology survival by diagnosis

Why we measure it - Overwhelmingly, survival is the first and most important statistic parents and others ask about. We measure survival for a number of diagnoses and compare ourselves to the national average to make sure we are providing excellent care.


What this means - Children's Hospital has equivalent or higher survival rates for these diagnoses compared to our Pediatric Hospital Information System peers (PHIS). PHIS hospitals represent other leading freestanding pediatric hospitals.

About the data - The data reflects the survival rate by diagnosis for select procedures at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin compared to PHIS peers.

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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.
  • We have a highly specialized Children's Transport Team available 24 hours a day to stabilize and transport seriously sick and injured infants and children to our center. Close to 1,500 transports are provided each year.
  • The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is connected to the operating rooms to ensure we can transport critically ill newborns in need of surgery as quickly and as easily as possible.
  • 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.
  • Children's Hospital has lactation consultants who are registered nurses and highly trained to help mothers and babies overcome feeding difficulties, even when infants have diagnoses that make breastfeeding difficult.

Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has the only Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the state, the highest level acknowledged by the American Academy of Pediatrics, capable of caring for any newborn regardless of diagnosis.