Pain clinic referrals

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 - Many patients and families from outside Wisconsin are choosing our specialized care to treat acute and chronic pain.

About the data - The blue states highlighted on the map show where our patients traveled from in 2013 to receive care at our Jane B. Pettit Pain and Palliative Care Center.

Related dimensions of care:

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How we provide the best care

  • Our anesthesiologists are board certified in anesthesiology and have completed at least one additional year of pediatric anesthesiology training or experience.
  • We are recognized nationally for driving many innovations in monitoring patients before, during and after surgery. We continue to set standards around the world for noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring, which ensures the body is receiving enough oxygen and nutrients through the blood.
  • We use the latest equipment and therapies and have access to a variety of subspecialty teams such as pain management, critical care, orthopedics, neurosurgical, cardiac and complex airway management.
  • Our Family Advisory Committee is made up of parents, partner providers and hospital staff who work together to improve our communication methods, quality of care and hospital services. We encourage an open dialogue and value feedback and opinions which are used to make impactful changes that benefit our patients.



Pain management

  • Managing pain in newborns, infants and children is a delicate process and requires the expertise that only pediatric anesthesiologists can provide. We provide many options for pain management which include administering medications through epidural catheters, injecting medicine into the nerves to block pain, and controlling pain through patient and parent-controlled devices.
  • We recognize that most patients and families have a lot of anxiety about surgery and anesthesia. Excessive anxiety before a surgical procedure can negatively affect the recovery time after surgery. When necessary, we give a sedative to the child before surgery to help them relax. This promotes a faster recovery after surgery and allows them to resume their daily activities sooner.
  • Our Child Life specialists help calm and relax your child before and after a procedure. They offer distraction and relaxation techniques such as listening to music, watching movies, and playing with games or toys to help your child cope with a surgery or procedure.

Family accommodations

Families traveling from long distances are encouraged to use our Access Center to make travel arrangements and schedule appointments. Local hotel chains on our referral list offer lodging discounts for families staying with us.