American Family Children’s Hospital has a busier-than-usual year scheduled for 2014. The pediatric medical facility, named a Best Children's Hospital in six specialties by U.S. News & World Report, began 2014 with the opening of a new Imaging Suite.
“Our X-ray images now feature the latest ultra-low dose radiation protocols for kids,” says Jeff Poltawsky, vice president of American Family Children's Hospital. “We are one of the first children’s hospitals in the nation – and the only one in Wisconsin – to offer ultra-low dose radiation.”
The hospital's expansion plans in 2014 include the addition of more beds, bringing the total to 87.
“We have been running at 100 percent occupancy for the longest time, so this expansion has certainly has been needed,” Poltawsky says.
A new 14-bed Level IV surgical neonatal intensive care unit was scheduled to open in spring 2014 and was a new 12-bed pediatric universal care unit.
American Family Children’s Hospital, located on the University of Wisconsin campus, offers a world-class pediatric cancer program treatment, pediatric heart program, pulmonary center, diabetes center, and a nationally recognized cleft lip and palate program. The hospital treats the sickest and most critically injured of patients ranging in age from newborn to 18, and children from 49 states have traveled to Madison for specialized care such as transplants, leukemia treatment and brain tumor surgery.
“We have 200 pediatric specialists on staff, all of whom are University of Wisconsin faculty members, and the hospital is involved in many areas of research,” Poltawsky says. “More than 85 percent of all children's cancer today is curable, and American Family Children’s wants to play a part in that number someday reaching 100 percent.”