Surgery length of stay by diagnosis

Why we measure it - We realize the importance of sending a child home from the hospital as soon as it is safe to do so. 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 is able to provide the highest quality of care as demonstrated by our survival rates while keeping our average length of stay shorter for many diagnoses compared to other children's hospitals.

About the data - This graph reflects the average number of days a child stays in the hospital before going home, depending on the diagnosis, compared to Pediatric Hospital Information System peers. PHIS data represent other leading free-standing pediatric hospitals.

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How we provide the best care

  • The Froedtert & Medical College Birth Center is located inside Children's Hospital. This arrangement allows the delivery room and operating room to be close together, which improves outcomes.
  • After surgery, the baby is cared for daily by a neonatologist and pediatric surgeon. Other medical specialists such as nutritionists and physical/occupational therapists also provide care.
  • After being discharged from the hospital, the baby will attend follow-up appointments in our Surgery Clinic to make sure their growth and development are on track.

Fetal Concerns Program

Through the Fetal Concerns Program, we offer prenatal counseling to parents whose unborn baby is diagnosed with problems that may require surgery. This includes meetings with a perinatologist, a neonatologist and a pediatric surgeon. A tour of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit also is offered. 

Family accommodations

Families traveling from long distances are encouraged to use our Family Accommodations Program to make travel arrangements and coordinate appointments. Children's Hospital has partnered with non-profit organizations like Ronald McDonald House to offer comfortable, "home away from home" accommodations. Local hotel chains on our referral list also offer discounts for patient families.