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Quality and outcomes reports

Overall volumes and outcomes | Volumes and outcomes by procedure | Patient experience | Additional resources

Our safety and quality reports help families and partner providers make the most informed health care decisions for the benefit of their children and patients. We follow the Institute of Medicine's Six Dimensions of Care to structure our quality improvement efforts.

To provide feedback, or for more information on our quality data, email us or call (414) 266-6556.

How our outcomes compare to other centers 

High volumes and 3-star outcomes

Our heart specialists are recognized leaders in treating children with complex congenital heart problems. As our reputation continues to expand across the United States, more families are choosing Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to treat their child's heart condition. In 2015, Children's Hospital provided cardiac care to 15,545 unique patients from 33 states and one other country.

The congenital heart surgery program at Children's Hospital is "3-star" rated by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for outcomes (the highest rating possible), placing us among the top 5 percent of programs in the country. We continue to be among the highest volume congenital heart surgery programs in the nation, performing well above 300 open-heart surgeries and almost 700 total heart procedures per year. Research shows that top-ranked programs have higher volumes and tend to have higher success rates.

Surgical outcomes and volumes for select procedures

Outcomes data is available for many specific heart surgery procedures performed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Links to the information over the last five reporting periods are provided below. For information about other procedures, ask your physician, contact us online or call us at (414) 607-5280 (toll free at (877) 607-5280).

Patient experience

We want our patients and families to have the best care experience possible. To continue to provide excellent care, we ask our guests to fill out a survey rating their care experience. The rating scale ranges from 0 to 10 where 0 is the worst experience and 10 is the best. We strive to achieve a 9 or 10 rating from every patient and family that chooses our care which is represented in the graph below.

This cardiology graph contains data from the following Children's Hospital of Wisconsin locations: Milwaukee, Delafield, Fox Valley, Kenosha, Mequon and New Berlin.

More resources regarding quality

What do nationally respected experts say about measuring quality and the quality of heart care at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin? Here are just a few of the resources that may surface as you learn more about your child's condition and treatment options. 

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Nationally recognized


Ranked #5 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked the Herma Heart Institute at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin among the top ten in the nation for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery. This ranking reflects the excellent outcomes and care we provide for even the most complex heart conditions. Families travel from across the country, and even around the world, to receive care from our specialists who are experienced in treating congenital heart disease from before birth and into adulthood.