Surgery survival by diagnosis

Why we measure it - Survival is the first and most important statistic parents and others ask about, especially when surgery is involved. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin measures survival for a number of diagnoses. We then compare ourselves to other pediatric centers to make sure we are providing top-notch care.


About the data - The data reflects the survival to discharge for select procedures at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin compared to Pediatric Hospital Information System peers. PHIS hospitals represent other leading free-standing pediatric hospitals.

What this means - We have a higher survival rates for many common diagnoses compared to other leading pediatric hospitals nationwide.

Related dimensions of care:

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How we provide the best care

  • Children's Hospital, in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons, is leading the development of a Pediatric National Surgeons Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database, where we collect quality clinical data to compare and improve our practices nationally for pediatric patients requiring surgery. The NSQIP program has had widespread success in improving surgical outcomes for adult patients.
  • We conduct research to determine the safest, most successful way to surgically repair congenital diaphragmatic hernias.
  • Our pediatric anesthesiologists monitor your child before, during and after surgery which leads to better surgical outcomes.
  • Our highly specialized Children's Transport Team transports more than 1,500 children every year and is available 24 hours a day to stabilize and bring seriously sick and injured infants and children to our center.
  • We offer a special long-term follow-up clinic for children with serious congenital conditions to identify any problems as early as possible and provide support as necessary.

Fetal Concerns Program

Through our Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin, we can diagnose most congenital defects in unborn babies, offer counseling and coordinate medical care for mother and baby. This allows families and staff time to anticipate specific needs and plan care accordingly, which improves outcomes after birth.

The Froedtert & Medical College Birth Center

The Froedtert & Medical College Birth Center is located inside Children's Hospital to reduce the time it takes to get a newborn baby into surgery. Research shows outcomes improve when the delivery room and operating room are close together. This also offers families the convenience of having mother and baby hospitalized near one another.