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Expansion Puts Children's Hospital Among Best in Nation

American Family Children's Hospital: Doctor and babyMadison, Wisconsin - If we could wish it so, the two words “hospitalized children” would never go together. Fortunately, most pediatric patients–even those with highly complex needs ranging from cancer to heart disease to severe trauma – do get better.

Medical care for sick kids has advanced greatly at facilities such as UW Health’s American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, providing leading-edge treatments and hope to more children who may not have survived in the past. To ensure that kids from Wisconsin and beyond have access to state-of-the-art care, American Family Children’s Hospital is now poised to shine even brighter as a world-class resource.

“As a pediatrician for more than 40 years,” says Ellen Wald, MD, chair of the department of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin, “I have seen so many transformational changes in what we can do to help change and save the lives of children. I could not be more proud of what a crown jewel this facility has become for the patients and families of this region.”

UW Health took a giant step for its littlest patients when it opened the doors of American Family Children’s Hospital in 2007. This year, however, thanks to generous support for the hospital’s ongoing Sick Kids Can’t Wait campaign, patients and families will have these exciting enhancements available close to home:

  • A 14-bed Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) offering advanced, life-saving care for premature babies born with complex surgical and medical problems. This unit, offering the highest level of pediatric intensive care in the state in a familycentered environment, opens in May.
  • A 12-bed Universal Care Unit providing more space for children with a variety of complex health care needs. This unit also opens in May.
  • A state-of-the-art Pediatric Imaging Pavilion providing children with advanced MRI, ultrasound, and low-dose radiation X-ray imaging. This unit opened in January, making American Family Children’s Hospital the first in the world to offer new technology using the lowest dose of radiation for children who need interventional procedures such as catheterization, angioplasty and X-ray imaging of organs or blood vessels.
  • Equipping and staffing two more pediatric operating rooms for children requiring surgery.

“These enhancements will ensure that no child should have to leave the region to receive the most advanced pediatric medical and surgical care available,” says Jeff Poltawsky, vice president of American Family Children’s Hospital.

“Kids and families fell in love with this warm, beautiful facility from the moment we opened our doors,” Poltawsky says. “Adding these new, highly sophisticated capabilities even further elevates the level of care we offer children and families, helping us become one of the best and safest children’s hospitals in the nation.”

Ranked among the nation’s Top 50 children’s hospitals by US News & World Report in several specialties, American Family Children’s Hospital admits about 3,500 patients a year and provides more than 135,000 annual visits to its pediatric clinics.


Date Published: 03/26/2014