UW Health’s strengthening of regional partnerships in 2015 is enabling Department of Pediatrics faculty to care for more children throughout Wisconsin and the region—in locations that are closer to patients’ homes and families.
In January 2015, UW Health formally merged with Rockford, Illinois-based SwedishAmerican Health System, making SwedishAmerican an integral part of UW Health. We are working closely under this new affiliation to provide pediatric specialty services there to serve local children and families. Those services are expected to grow in the future.
In addition, UW Health continues to develop its collaboration with Summit, Wisconsin-based Aurora Health Care for pediatric subspecialty care. In 2015, Aurora and UW Health collaborated to bring pediatric cardiology services in to six Greater Milwaukee sites, each of which is staffed by department faculty. We also now provide fetal echocardiography services in West Allis as part of that collaboration.
Throughout 2015, the two organizations finalized plans to offer numerous pediatric subspecialty services at Aurora Children’s Health in Green Bay and Oshkosh. As of January 2016, 12 department faculty specializing in cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, and nephrology began seeing patients at those two facilities.
“Opening the Aurora pediatric specialty clinics in Green Bay and Oshkosh this year represents a wonderful next step for UW Health’s collaboration with Aurora Health Care,” said Ellen Wald, MD, Department of Pediatrics chair. “We believe this is a win-win-win for children and families from the Fox Valley, for UW Health’s American Family Children’s Hospital and for Aurora Health Care.”
Both collaborations offer children and families throughout the region access to a more complete array of medical care without having to travel long distances for it.
Specialty clinics take place against the backdrop of the abouthealth™ network, an evolving statewide partnership launched in 2014 and that now comprises eight of Wisconsin's leading health care systems: Aspirus, Aurora Health Care, Bellin Health, Gundersen Health System, Marshfield Clinic Health System, ProHealth Care, ThedaCare and UW Health.