Children’s Hospital opens new facilities for cancer and blood disorder treatment

The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin opened on Monday its new MACC Fund Center clinic and Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital. The goal of the new space is to support and continue to deliver cutting-edge treatments to children with cancer and blood disorders.

“Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is grateful for its long-standing partnership with the MACC Fund, an organization exceptionally dedicated to children with cancer and blood disorders,” said Peggy Troy, chief executive officer of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. “Through the support of the MACC Fund and Northwestern Mutual, we are able to continue our mission to advance diagnosis and treatments, provide excellence in clinical care, expand training and research efforts, and improve access and outcomes.”

The new care areas located on the fifth floor of the Children’s Hospital are co-located with the MACC Fund Center inpatient unit and critical care unit. Designed with the help of 10 former MACC Fund Center patients and their families, the renovation features a 10,384-square-foot clinic with the latest technology for improved care delivery, 18 exam rooms and a neuropsychiatric testing suite. The 10,329-square-foot day hospital includes an activities center, 14 private infusion suites and a specialized chemotherapy pharmacy.

The new day hospital aligns with Northwestern Mutual’s mission to accelerate the search for a cure to childhood cancer and provide support for families impacted by the disease. Northwestern Mutual donated $2 million to the Children’s Hospital for the development of the day hospital.

“We are proud to introduce the Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital, which will enable the doctors, nurses and staff to provide a best-in-class experience to the patients and their families, integrating technology and support services,” said John Kordsmeier, president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “When a child receives a cancer diagnosis, the family does as well. We want to help ensure that when a family is undergoing treatment, they have a family-friendly environment that allows kids to be kids.”

Paul Knoebel, chair of the MACC Fund’s board of directors and a member of the Children’s Hospital board of directors, said, “With nearly 40 years of fighting childhood cancer, the MACC Fund is thrilled about the new space for the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The new clinic and Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital located within the MACC Fund Center will offer children the best state-of-the-art care, adding to an already well-established, nationally renowned cancer treatment facility. Children battling cancer and blood disorders deserve the best care–at the MACC Fund Center, we’re proud to provide that for them.”

The MACC (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) Fund Center at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is one of the largest childhood cancer and hematology programs in the country, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and blood disorders. The MACC Fund Center houses the inpatient unit, critical care unit, outpatient clinic and Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital.

Since the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin MACC Fund Center began in 1980, more than 5,000 children have received care through the oncology program; more than a thousand children have received blood and marrow transplants; and 300 children are actively managed for sickle cell disease and 250 new patients are treated for other blood disorders each year.

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