Metro Milwaukee Hospitals
The Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, a sprawling campus of hospitals, outpatient clinics, health-related educational facilities and research centers, is located in the center of the metropolitan area. It includes:
- Children's Wisconsin, which is consistently ranked one of the best children's hospitals in the nation
- Froedtert Hospital & Medical College of Wisconsin, which operates the state's only Level 1 Trauma Center
- The Medical College of Wisconsin, one of the nation's largest private medical schools and a major research institution
- Versiti Wisconsin, Inc., which operates an internationally recognized blood research center
- Curative Care Network, which is one of the most comprehensive rehabilitation centers in the country
Other significant health care offerings include:
- Advocate Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee is the largest hospital in the state and is nationally recognized for quality and efficiency
- Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Milwaukee, which houses the region's advanced burn center
- ProHealth Care and UW Health which have partnered to operate the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care in Pewaukee.
Area Health Systems
As is true in many areas, independent hospitals in southeastern Wisconsin have given way to integrated health care systems that bring together hospitals, clinics, physicians and specialty providers such as home health agencies and hospice to provide the whole continuum of health care in a coordinated manner.
There are five integrated health systems serve the Milwaukee area:
Advocate Aurora Health
Advocate Aurora Health, a not-for-profit health care organization, is a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Advocate Aurora has sites in more than 90 communities in eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, including 17 hospitals, more than 155 clinics and 70 pharmacies. More than 3,300 physicians are affiliated with Advocate Aurora, which offers inpatient, outpatient and physician services, home care and hospice services, family and social services, and behavioral health. t also offers treatment for many common medical conditions at Advocate Aurora Health Quick Care sites, which are located in shopping malls and many other public locations.
Address: 750 W. Virginia St., Milwaukee; Telephone: (414) 647-3033; Website: advocateaurorahealth.org
Ascension Health in Wisconsin consists of the former Columbia St. Mary’s Health System and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. It includes 12 campus sites in southeastern Wisconsin with locations in Milwaukee, Mequon, Elm Grove, and Racine. It also is co-owner of the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin and the Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, operates the Columbia School of Nursing and is affiliated with Madison Medical Affiliates. It operates more than 70 primary care clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, and is affiliated with Madison Medical Affiliates. The system also includes four transitional and extended-care facilities, home health and hospice, and outpatient centers.
Address: 400 W. River Woods Pkwy., Milwaukee; Telephone: (414) 465-3000; Website: healthcare.ascension.org
Children’s Wisconsin is a nationally recognized center for pediatric health care that provides inpatient care (including intensive care services) and outpatient services in more than 70 medical specialties. In addition to its main hospital in Wauwatosa, Children’s affiliates include Children’s Wisconsin-Fox Valley in Neenah; several primary care clinics; Children’s Specialty Group, a physician group practice jointly owned by Children’s Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin; Children’s Community Health Plan; Children’s Wisconsin Research Institute; and Children’s Hospital Community Services.
Address: 8915 W. Connell Ct., Milwaukee; Telephone: (414) 266-2000; Website: www.chw.org
Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin regional health network is a partnership between Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin supporting a shared mission of patient care, innovation, medical research and education. Our health network operates eastern Wisconsin’s only academic medical center and adult Level I Trauma Center at Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, an internationally recognized training and research center engaged in thousands of clinical trials and studies. The Froedtert & MCW health network, which includes 10 hospitals, nearly 2,000 physicians and more than 45 health centers and clinics, draws patients from throughout the Midwest and the nation.
Address: 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave., Wauwatosa; Telephone: (414) 805-3666; Website: www.froedtert.com
ProHealth Care is an integrated health care system serving Waukesha County and surrounding communities. It employs more than 4,900 people and offers a network of more than 800 physicians. It includes four hospitals, 15 clinics, urgent care centers, surgery centers, hospice care and other services.
Address: N17 W24100 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha; Telephone: (262) 928-2745; Website: www.prohealthcare.org
For locations of hospitals throughout the metropolitan Milwaukee area, please see the map on page 89 of the digital or printed edition.
Research & Medical Education
The Milwaukee Region is a leader in medical research and education. The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), which has locations in the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, Green Bay and Central Wisconsin, is a private medical school, pharmacy school and major national research center that offers graduate degrees in medical, pharmacy and biomedical sciences. More than 1,600 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 2.8 million patients annually. With a history dating back to 1893, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin.
MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies annually, including clinical trials. In the last ten years, faculty members received more than $1.5 billion in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. Its Office of Technology Development oversees patenting, marketing and licensing of new medical technologies, and its Clinical and Translational Science Institute is a collaboration with the Milwaukee School of Engineering and other schools to solve medical engineering challenges. The Medical College also collaborates with Marquette University to provide education and research in biomedical engineering, orthopedic rehabilitation and stroke rehabilitation. Marquette also serves as the region’s dental school.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) also plays a crucial role in medical research and education. Its UWM Partners for Health is an interdisciplinary collaboration between its nursing, public health, health sciences and social welfare
programs. It conducts innovative research in multiple areas, such as biosciences and aging, and seeks ways to improve the lives of people with physical and mental health issues. UWM has the state’s largest nursing program, and U.S. News & World Report ranks its doctor of nursing program 61st in the nation, its bachelor of science in nursing program 76th, and its master’s program 91st. UWM also awards graduate degrees in public health, health care administration and informatics, and it’s home to Wisconsin’s only nationally accredited school of public health. The Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin and its affiliate, the Blood Research Institute, play major roles in research regarding immunobiology, transfusion medicine and stem-cell biology. Its Glycomics Center focuses on the structures of complex carbohydrates and played an integral role in the creation of the National Marrow Donor Program.
Area Health Plans
Wisconsin has the most competitive health insurance market in the country, which gives employers a wide range of options from which to choose. Southeastern Wisconsin is served by a variety of national and state health plans. UnitedHealthcare is the region’s largest provider of private-sector health insurance, followed by Anthem. Advocate Aurora Health and Anthem operate a joint venture, the Wisconsin Collaborative Insurance Company, to offer an innovative approach to health care that focuses on using data and patient engagement to improve the quality and efficiency of care.
Network Health is a provider-owned health plan that is jointly owned by Froedtert Health and Ascension Wisconsin. It provides health insurance throughout southeastern and northeastern Wisconsin.