Our speakers on Monday were Jim Gilmore, Development Planning Manager and Dr. Chris Green, Medical Director. They gave an overview of the hospital's facilities and capabilities as well as an overview of the hospital's history.
The Hospital traces its root back to 1920 with the founding of the first children's hospital in Madison. It was called the Mary Cornelia Bradley Hospital for the Study of Children's Diseases. Eventually the University's facility dedicated to caring for children became the University of Wisconsin Children's Hospital. Space in the old UW Children's Hospital was seriously lacking in size and child-friendly quality.

In August 2007, the state-of-the-art, $78 million American Family Children's Hospital opened its doors. With inpatient rooms approximately double the size of UW Children's Hospital, the 60-bed American Family Children's Hospital (AFCH) was designed to provide patients and families from throughout Wisconsin a place to heal in a soothing, child-friendly environment. A second phase of fundraising enabled the hospital to open a new Pediatric Surgical Pavilion in September 2008.

Today, at American Family Children's Hospital, infants through teenagers receive specialized pediatric care from UW pediatricians who are nationally and internationally known for their clinical research, specifically in the areas of childhood cancer, pulmonology, juvenile diabetes, genetics, transplantation and asthma.

Some additional facts about the AFCH.....

- Inpatient Admissions: 3460
- Number Pediatric Operating Rooms: 6 of 8 Complete
- Number of Surgical Procedures: 4,739
- Outpatient Visits: 39,000 at 28 Specialty Clinics at AFCH; Additional 100,000+ at 8 Primary Care Clinics
- Emergency Room Visits: 7,716
- Wisconsin Counties Served: 72 of 72
- US States Served: 49 of 50 (Nevada)
- 130+ pediatric physicians; 150+ nurses; 50+ residents/fellows
- One of two, comprehensive Children's Hospitals and Regional Referral Centers for children in - Wisconsin
- Full-service Pediatric Surgery Department
- Children's Cancer Center is part of the Paul Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center (one of few select National Cancer Institute's designated cancer centers in the nation)
- Fully-equipped Burn Unit
- Level One Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center
- Pediatric Asthma Center
- Pediatric Pulmonary Center
- Children's Diabetes Center
- Array of Diagnostic and Treatment Services (e.g., MIBG, cardiac catheterization and neurosurgery)
- Level One Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center
- Ambulatory Surgery Program tailored to the needs of children and their families