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High volumes and top 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 Wisconsin to treat their child's heart condition.
The Herma Heart Institute consistently reports some of the best surgical outcomes for even the most complex types of heart disease, based on reporting data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. We continue to be among the highest volume congenital heart surgery programs in the nation, performing over 300 open-heart surgeries and almost 650 total 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 Wisconsin. Below are the survival rates for the ten benchmark operations the Society of Thoracic Surgeons includes in their database of reporting hospitals. For information about other procedures, ask your physician, contact usonline or call us at (414) 286-7272 (toll free at (877) 607-5280).
- Surgical survival for arterial switch operation
- Surgical survival for atrioventricular canal repair
- Surgical survival for coarctation of the aorta
- Surgical survival for the Fontan procedure
- Surgical survival for the Glenn procedure
- Surgical survival for the Norwood procedure
- Surgical survival for Tetrology of Fallot
- Surgical survival for transposition of the great arteries
- Surgical survival for truncus arteriosus
- Surgical survival for ventricular septal defect
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. We are proud that over 90% of our patients rate their experience as a 9 or 10.
More resources regarding quality
What do nationally respected experts say about measuring quality and the quality of heart care at Children's Wisconsin? Here are just a few of the resources that may surface as you learn more about your child's condition and treatment options.
- STS Congenital Heart Surgery Public Reporting, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
- Making sense of congenital heart surgery data, Pediatric Congenital Heart Association
- "Pediatrics: Cardiology & Heart Surgery Scorecard – Children's Wisconsin," U.S. News and World Report, June 2018
- "Transparency and Public Reporting in Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery | Expert Analysis," ACC.org, June 11, 2015
- "Is your pediatric heart hospital keeping secrets? We have answers," CNN.com, June 5, 2015
- "Risk and Prevalence of Developmental Delay in Young Children With Congenital Heart Disease", pediatrics.aappublications.org, February 2, 2014
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.
Among the nation's best
U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked the Herma Heart Institute at Children's Wisconsin among the top programs 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.Read the Report