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Children's Hospital of Wisconsin names new medical director of Community Services

September 11, 2015

Heather ParadisMILWAUKEE - Heather Paradis, MD, MPH, has been selected to serve as medical director, Community Services for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She will provide medical input to the child welfare, community services and public policy team helping Children’s Hospital evaluate the needs of children in the community and identify resources to enhance the well-being of those children.

She succeeds Veronica Gunn, MD, MPH, FAAP, who formally held the role before being promoted to vice president for Children’s Population Health Management and Payment Innovation. Dr. Gunn will continue to focus Children’s efforts to improve the health of children, lower the cost of care, develop new payment models and enhance the patient and client experience.

“Dr. Paradis’ leadership will be an incredible asset in advancing Children’s vision of having Wisconsin’s kids be the healthiest kids in the country. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in working in a holistic approach with children, families and communities to improve health and strengthen families,” said Bob Duncan, executive vice president for community services, Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Paradis brings significant expertise in care coordination and public health for children. She most recently served as a pediatrician at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Her most recent research involved reducing disparities at school entry for central city children by optimizing developmental screening and referrals in Rochester. Dr. Paradis received the 2014 Early Career Home Visiting Research Scholarship, supported by the Maternal-Child Health Bureau and the Pew Charitable Trust.

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked in 9 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2013, Children’s invested more than $105 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at

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