Major Expansion Underway at American Family Children's Hospital

Pediatric Pathways

Major Expansion Underway at American Family Children's Hospital

A construction crane at American Family Children's Hospital.Construction is now underway on a 26-bed expansion at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison. Scheduled for completion in early 2014, the project will increase the hospital’s bed count from 61 to 87 and ensure that growing demand for University of Wisconsin pediatric specialists and surgeons will be met for patients and families from throughout the region.

Key highlights of the expansion include:

  • A 14-bed Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) offering state-of-the-art medical and surgical care partnered with private rooms that give parents the opportunity to stay with and nurture their babies as they begin life. One of only two Level IV NICUs in Wisconsin, this will be the only one with a special emphasis on the newborn requiring surgery and specialized heart and brain monitoring.
  • A 12-bed expansion to our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), creating highly-advanced, private spacious rooms staffed by specialty-trained pediatric critical care physicians, nurses, pharmacists and respiratory therapists.
  • Enhancement of our Pediatric Heart Program through construction of a Pediatric Hybrid Cardiac Catheterization/Operating Room/Interventional Radiology Laboratory.
  • This project will ensure that children needing invasive heart and radiological procedures currently performed at the adult UW Hospital will instead have them performed in the Children’s Hospital in a unit specially designed for pediatric care. Only a handful of centers in the Midwest will offer this type of facility.
  • Construction of a Pediatric Imaging Suite where children – and only children – will receive X-ray/imaging procedures with state-of-the-art, low-dose radiation technology. This will be a full-service imaging suite for children requiring MRI, CT, ultrasound and fluoroscopy services.
  • Opening two more pediatric operating rooms to accommodate the substantial growth in pediatric surgical volume we have seen over the past five years.

“These enhancements will ensure that we have the capacity to care for children and families who need us,” says Donna Katen-Bahensky, president and CEO of UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children’s Hospital. “Occupancy has grown substantially since we opened American Family Children’s Hospital in 2007, and we are also seeing more acutely ill patients than most hospitals in Wisconsin that care for children.”

Noting the sense of urgency to complete the project, hospital fundraisers are asking donors to support the Sick Kids Can’t Wait campaign.