Patient Care

Department of Pediatrics faculty care for patients at:

American Family Children’s Hospital, an 87-bed comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical center in Madison;
Meriter Hospital, a 448-bed community hospital in Madison;
St. Mary’s Hospital, a 440-bed tertiary referral hospital in Madison;
Ten clinic locations in Madison and surrounding communities; and
Outreach clinics in 24 cities throughout Wisconsin and the region.
American Family Children’s Hospital

American Family Children’s Hospital


  • In November 2016, the American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) Emergency Department expanded from approximately 2,100 square feet to 5,850 square feet—providing nearly triple the space to better accommodate the over 13,000 children who receive care there each year.

  • UW Health joined a community-wide initiative to stop corporal punishment including spanking and hitting. As part of "Hitting Hurts," it has created "No Hit Zones" in all of its facilities, starting with American Family Children's Hospital.

  • In 2016, department faculty provided patient care at outreach clinics in 24 cities in Wisconsin and the region, up 50 percent from 16 cities in 2015.

    Faculty in five divisions—cardiology, hematology/oncology, gastroenterology, nephrology and pulmonology—provided patient care for 14 new UW Health pediatric regional service projects in 2016. Those services are offered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin Rapids, greater Milwaukee and Green Bay.
  • The AFCH Pediatric Complex Care Program, which launched in 2014, is now fully staffed with a team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, care coordination assistants, and a social worker. It had 474 referrals and 212 enrolled patients by the end of 2016---an approximately 80 percent increase from 2015.

  • The AFCH Pediatric Heart Program continued to expand. From FY15 to FY16, the number of new patients in our adult congenital heart disease program increased by 22%, and the number of new patients in our pediatric preventive cardiology clinic increased by 237%. Our cardiologists now see patients at outreach sites in 16 Wisconsin cities.

  • In 2016, U.S. News and World Report ranked American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) among the top 50 children’s hospitals in six specialties: cancer, gastroenterology, orthopedics, nephrology, pulmonology and urology.



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