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2017 Annual Report

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At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we believe that kids deserve the best.

We are working every day to advance state-of-the-art pediatric health care through life-saving discoveries, cures, and new and better treatments. We are committed to serving the needs of all of Wisconsin’s kids, no matter where they live. And so much of this work – taking place in our hospitals, clinics, and through countless other services and programs throughout the state – relies on support from donors like you.

For nearly 125 years, our community has helped us to provide the very best care for kids and families, and this year was no exception. In 2017, our community raised more than $38 million to help us help kids. What sets Children’s apart from other health systems are the many unique programs and services we provide to children and families – many of which are supported by donations. We are profoundly thankful for the commitment and generosity of our staff, volunteers, benefactors and community.

The following are just a few of the milestones reached and recognition earned through your
generous contributions of advocacy, volunteerism and financial support.

Groundbreaking Advancements

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has completed the second and final phase of renovation of our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The newly renovated unit, with direct access to Froedtert’s high-risk birth center, sets a new standard of care in Wisconsin and
includes key developmental features to promote better outcomes for babies. Some of these features include: special lighting, enhanced space and furniture for parents to sleep at the infant’s bedside and a family room designed for special times when a family needs additional space and privacy with their baby.

The MACC Fund Center renovation in our East 5 unit allows us to provide an atmosphere where kids with cancer and blood disorders are still kids, and families can still be families. This project was funded by generous donors and improvements, including a family lounge and kitchen where families can gather and have some semblance of home during long hospital stays, a teen activity center to help meet the unique needs of older patients and a specially designed palliative care room that caters to families facing the worst of times.

Children’s imaging department underwent a renovation to create a more child-friendly, experience-centered space. The changes will impact the flow of patients through the department and will make the prep recovery process more family friendly to increase patient safety and satisfaction. Distraction tools were also added to make the experience less stressful for both kids and staff.

The neurosurgery team at Children’s gained a powerful new ally in treating the most complex cases of epilepsy. An image-guided neurological robot helps surgeons locate seizure activity in the brain and is the first of its kind available in Wisconsin. This leading-edge technology helps our neurosurgery team localize seizure activity more precisely than ever before – reaching areas of the brain that previously were not accessible via human placement of electrodes.

Making a difference in our community

The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being, a partnership between Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, is proud to be a partner with the state of Wisconsin's Office of Children's Mental Health and Department of Children and Families. Together, with a new $1.8 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant, we will bring more evidence-based practices to children and families who have experienced trauma. The grant will go toward training mental health clinicians and implementing three evidence-based treatments: trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, child parent psychotherapy and parent child interaction therapy.

Kohl’s Cares awarded Children’s a generous $800,000 grant over two years to fund a new statewide program, Mission: Healthy Kids. The program aims to raise awareness about the importance of healthy eating and active living in children’s physical development, ability to learn and emotional well-being. The multi-platform, community-based program will promote policy, systems and environmental changes in Wisconsin schools in partnership with Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin School Health Wellness Awards.

Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk celebrated its 40-year anniversary with nearly 15,000 people gathering in downtown Milwaukee to celebrate our Children’s Champions and raise more than $1 million in support of our programs and services. A Milwaukee tradition, this event has raised more than $20 million since it began and showcases the steadfast support of our community.

Children’s facilitated a special one-day fundraiser on #GivingTuesday aimed at purchasing and installing webcams for every bed in our Milwaukee NICU, allowing parents to see and interact with their baby when they can’t be there in person. The fundraiser included a Facebook Live broadcast from the Milwaukee NICU and raised an incredible $60,000 thanks to generous donors and a $25,000 match provided by Accunet Mortgage.

Expanding Reach, Improving Access

As part of our priority to bring care closer to home for kids and families, Children’s began construction on a new, free-standing clinic in Kenosha. The new clinic will provide primary care, specialty services and advocacy programs and offer a number of expanded services to kids and families in the area. We are excited about the opportunity to bring additional services in a new, state-of-the-art facility to the Kenosha area.

Children’s opened a new urgent care clinic in Oak Creek, our sixth urgent care location with
additional clinics located in Milwaukee, Mequon, Wauwatosa, New Berlin and Delafield.

Children’s has continued to expand services in northeast Wisconsin, a reflection of our mission to provide services closer to kids in the region. We have doubled pre- and post-surgical services, allowing for greater access for children in the Fox Valley. We have also expanded our specialty team to include an endocrine and diabetes specialist, a new pediatric gastroenterologist, an additional pediatric cardiologist and a vice president of Children’s northeast region – a new position in the system.

Recent Recognition

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin announced on October 6 that the Herma Heart Center was redesignated as the Herma Heart Institute, marking the end of a successful $16 million fundraising campaign thanks to the incredible generosity of hundreds of donors that began with the Herma family’s $8 million challenge gift. The institute distinction recognizes our world-class achievements in cardiac care, including clinical outcomes, innovation, research and philanthropic support. This is the first such clinical institute at Children’s.

Our Clinical Nutrition team was selected as the winner of the American Society for
Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Clinical Nutrition Team of Distinction Award. This award recognizes excellence in interdisciplinary clinical nutrition practice in institutions or agencies who meet certain criteria and compliance with ASPEN national standards, guidelines and values.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in all 10 specialty areas has on the 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals list. Children’s is the only health care system in Wisconsin with the depth and breadth of services to rank in all 10 pediatric specialties. The Herma Heart Institute remained in the Top 10, and was ranked #5 in the nation.

Children’s was again designated as a Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Care
Center. MDA Care Centers offer families best-in-class, multidisciplinary, comprehensive care from a wide variety of specialists at one location on the same day. Centers provide early diagnosis, highly specialized care and access to promising clinical trials to help ensure the best possible outcomes for patients and families facing muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular disorders.

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