Grand Rounds and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin partner to expand access to world-class pediatric care

Partnership uses physician-level data to match patients with high-quality care

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Grand Rounds, the leader in matching patients with high-quality physicians, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin today announced a strategic agreement that will extend Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s world-class care through remote consultations and access to in-person visits. The agreement will effectively use technology, data-driven insights and innovative solutions to offer Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s specialized care to more patients across the United States.

According to Grand Rounds research, more than 1 in 4 (28 percent) of people surveyed admit to not knowing where to find a qualified medical specialist for a specific illness or disease. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will partner with Grand Rounds to provide high-quality care to pediatric patients and their families across the country. Using 7 billion data points, Grand Rounds has assessed over 96% of practicing physicians in the United States to identify the highest quality pediatricians.

“Whether and where to receive medical care is one of the most important decisions we make as health care consumers,” said Dr. Lawrence “Rusty” Hofmann, co-founder of Grand Rounds. “This is especially important in complex pediatric cases where access to high-quality pediatric care varies greatly across regions. Our collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will expand access to world-class care for pediatric patients and their families nationwide.”

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is  ranked among the best in the nation in all 10 specialties included in U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 Best Children's Hospitals report. The partnership was a natural fit as Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is also leading the industry in analyzing and reporting on physician-level quality and patient outcomes. Experts at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will have the opportunity to serve more patients needing specialized care — both remotely and onsite.

“As a premier children’s hospital, we offer extremely specialized treatment for numerous pediatric conditions, including those that are rare and hard to diagnose,” said Dr. Thomas Sato, CEO of Children’s Specialty Group, the specialty provider practice connected to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin. “Because of our experience with these cases, children and families from across the country can benefit from our services.”

The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Herma Heart Institute consistently achieves some of the top outcomes for pediatric heart surgery. The institute’s survival rates are among the country’s best and have earned a 3-star rating (the highest possible) from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, placing the program among the top 5 percent of programs in the country. The team also has pioneered life-saving pediatric heart care techniques now used at other centers and developed the country’s first Neurodevelopmental Follow-up Program to boost a child’s lifelong success after heart surgery.

Examples of other conditions and programs where Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has nationally-recognized expertise include cancer and blood disorders, fetal intervention and fetal surgery, neurosciences, genetics and genomics, vascular anomalies, feeding and motility disorders, polycystic kidney disease and bladder exstrophy.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has a special Access Center for families traveling to the hospital from a distance. This team helps families coordinate visits and serves as liaisons with clinical areas in an effort to reduce anxiety that can accompany traveling to a new city with a child with complex health conditions.

Grand Rounds’ AccessTM solution also expands Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s employer strategy by making these services available to millions of patients covered through more than 100 large employers who offer Grand Rounds as a benefit. Grand Rounds currently partners with dozens of leading medical institutions across the country in this capacity.

About Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds’ vision is to create a path to great health and health care, for everyone, everywhere. Founded in 2011, the company provides an employer-based platform that delivers improved outcomes for patients and their families. It does this through an end-to-end solution that connects patients with care informed by the latest and best practices—preventing and correcting misdiagnoses and unnecessary or failed treatments. Named second among Glassdoor’s 2016 Best Places to Work, Grand Rounds helps restore individual health and quality of life, and offers employers lower health care spend and higher employee productivity. For more information, please visit

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wisconsin, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked in all 10 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2016, Children’s invested more than $108 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at

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Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin