American Family Children's Hospital

American Family Children's Facts and Figures

American Family Children's HospitalThe American Family Children’s Hospital is a beautiful, world-class children’s medical and surgical center with a pediatric intensive care unit, a widely recognized transplant surgery program, a children’s cancer center and a family-friendly atmosphere.
Named a Best Children's Hospital in six specialties by U.S. News & World Report in 2013, this modern, yet comforting facility offers patients and families access to cutting-edge treatments in a very soothing environment optimal for healing.
Figures from 2011
  • Number of beds: 61
  • Admissions: 3,500
  • Number of surgical procedures: 5,457
  • Number of pediatric operating rooms: 8
  • Emergency Room visits: 9,109
  • Total number of specialty clinics: 28
  • Clinic visits: 132,064
  • Wisconsin counties represented by Children's Hospital patients: 69 of 72
  • States represented by Children's Hospital patients: 44 of 50 in fiscal year 2011, 49 of 50 (since opening in 2007)
Our Patients
American Family Children's Hospital: nurse, patient and Child Life therapist is patient roomChildren, newborns and teenagers from all over Wisconsin and the nation receive care at the American Family Children’s Hospital. The average length of a child’s stay is 4.6 days; some stay only a day, and others days, weeks, months and sometimes nearly a year.
Kaleidoscope of Care
Our world-class team of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals focus on everything from routine and preventive health care to highly specialized medical fields. Here’s a sampling of services that make us unique:
  • Combined expertise of more than 100 pediatric physicians
  • A brand new, state-of-the-art facility designed around the needs of children and families
  • A full-service pediatric surgery suite and team led by surgeons and anesthesiologists who focus exclusively on children
  • A children’s cancer center that is part of the UW Carbone Cancer Center, one of a few select centers nationwide deemed comprehensive by the National Cancer Institute
  • A Positive Image Center, allowing children to ease anxiety resulting from appearance-altering illnesses
  • A fully equipped burn unit
  • A pediatric asthma center
  • A pediatric pulmonary center that is one of nine recognized nationally for excellence in patient care and education
  • A children’s diabetes center
  • A childhood sedation program considered among the nation’s best 
  • A specialized day treatment center for outpatient infusions; recovery after procedures or other short-day stay needs
  • A full spectrum of outpatient care including eight primary care pediatric clinics and 28 specialty clinics
  • An array of diagnostic and treatment services, such as the latest imaging technology, cardiac catheterization and MIBG (for recurrent neuroblastoma)
  • Child Life programming to help “kids be kids” even in the hospital
  • An in-hospital school staffed by three Madison Metropolitan School District teachers
  • A sibling childcare program
  • A pet therapy program
  • An ambulatory surgery program tailored to the special needs of children and their families 
Member of the Children's Hospital Association
Institutional Member of the Children's Hospital AssociationAmerican Family Children's Hospital is a proud member of the Children's Hospital Association, which advances child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care. Representing more than 220 children’s hospitals, the Association is the voice of children’s hospitals nationally. The Association champions public policies that enable hospitals to better serve children and is the premier resource for pediatric data and analytics, driving improved clinical and operational performance of member hospitals.
How Charitable Gifts Help
American Family Children’s Hospital is a non-profit healthcare provider that is part of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, a 501 (c) (3) organization. Opened in 2007, American Family Children’s Hospital was constructed without any state taxpayer dollars, and, like UW Hospital and Clinics, operates without any state subsidy. Charitable gifts are always needed to support these goals:
  • Supporting patients and families
  • Adding more beds to the children's hospital facility
  • Letting kids be kids while in the hospital
  • Developing innovative programs to help patients
  • Improving the health of our community
  • Meeting new and emergent needs
If you are interested in learning more about giving, please call (608) 264-KIDS or email