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American Family Children’s HospitalAmerican Family Children’s Hospital

American Family Children’s Hospital

  • Department of Pediatrics faculty care for patients at:

    • • American Family Children’s Hospital, a 61-bed comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical center in Madison;
    • • Eight clinic locations in Madison and surrounding communities; and
    • Outreach clinics in 9 cities throughout Wisconsin and the region.


  • Patient volumes at AFCH have increased and now regularly exceed projections. Last year, we had a 5% increase over budgeted admissions, a 17% increase over budgeted PICU daily census, and a 6% increase in budgeted special procedures—which means we are taking care of more children with more complex illnesses.
  • Last year, U.S. News and World Report ranked American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) among the top 50 of 177 children’s hospitals nationwide in seven specialties: cancer, diabetes/endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology/neurosurgery, pulmonology, and urology.
  • Amy Peterson, MD, and J. Carter Ralphe, MD, launched a new pediatric preventive cardiology clinic to evaluate and treat children with lipid disorders.
  • The Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition initiated a parenteral nutrition support team and, in cooperation with the Waisman Center, developed a failure to thrive clinic. These initiatives, combined with a multidisciplinary intestinal failure clinic launched in late 2010, provide comprehensive care for children with complex GI problems.
  • The American Family Children’s Hospital Emergency Transport Ambulance (CHETA), a mobile pediatric intensive care unit, was reinvigorated last year. With a new round-the-clock staff, CHETA performed nearly twice as many transports as predicted in 2011.
  • The department continued a thriving partnership with St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. The UW Department of Family Medicine, which trains its residents at St. Mary’s, presented their clinical teaching award to our hospitalists for their teaching there. We’re also working to establish pediatric rheumatology, nephrology, diabetes, and sleep subspecialty clinics at Dean Clinic.
  • With the recruitment of Anna Dusick, MD, the new chief of the Division of Neurodevelopmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, the department has launched or reinvigorated several clinics at the Waisman Center: a new brain injury clinic, a Down’s Syndrome clinic, and a NICU follow-up clinic.

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