Average daily census volume

Why we measure it - 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.


What this means - The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit's average daily census has been near capacity for the last four years. In 2010, the NICU and Neonatal Progressive Care Unit, which is an extension of the NICU, expanded their space to 59 beds to accommodate more infants.

About the data - These data reflect the average number of babies cared for on a daily basis in the NICU and NPCU during the given year.

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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.

Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee 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.