Every day, the doctors and staff at the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin work together toward a single goal: to deliver a total patient experience that's far beyond what you'll find anywhere else. As a physician-owned organization, we have unique freedom to go where others don't in the name of taking care of you. It's how we continue to build on our reputation of being relentlessly focused on all the patients we serve.
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Without a doubt, Southeast Wisconsin has a number of exceptional hospitals. So what sets OHOW apart? Take a moment and discover how everything that goes into OHOW — from the staff to the physicians to the facility—has been put into place to deliver unrivaled care for you.
The Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin was established in 2001 as a partnership between a group of physician owners and Columbia St. Mary's, a health system with more than 100 years of service. After eight years in its initial location, OHOW opened its current facility in 2009. This new, state-of-the-art campus was meticulously designed and constructed to support the delivery of superior patient care and comfort.
Today, OHOW is nationally recognized for the exceptional quality of care provided to patients. Perhaps just as important, the hospital, its physicians and its staff continue to garner rave reviews from those who have experienced OHOW's uncommon focus on every aspect of patient care.
Physician-Owned Hospital Disclosure
The Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin is partially owned by physicians and meets the Federal definition of a "physician-owned hospital." A list of physician-owners is available upon request and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.
It all started with a group of the area's top doctors, a blank piece of paper and the chance to design a facility that raised the bar in patient care. A facility in which every detail would be painstakingly considered. The result is a hospital designed to deliver superior comfort and an uncommon focus on each and every patient.Next
At OHOW, You'll find:
- Free, plentiful parking just outside the front entrance.
- Easy access to the freeway.
- A friendly face at Reception to help guide you on your way.
- Roomy, comfortable accommodations and waiting areas.
- A smarter layout that provides easier access to lab, surgery, recovery and therapy.
- An abundance of natural light.
- Impeccable air quality — we remove inside air and bring in fresh air from the outdoors.
If your care includes an overnight stay after a surgery, there is always a dedicated doctor (also known as a "hospitalist") just down the hall, 24 hours a day. Our hospitalists review your health history before your stay, monitor your progress after surgery, and are ready to assist the staff and answer your questions.
And it's important to note that neither you nor your insurance company will be billed for the care and comfort provided by OHOW's team of hospitalist physicians. Part of being uncommonly focused on you means having doctors nearby at all times while still controlling your healthcare costs.Previous
Building a reputation for
standard-setting patient care:
- The top 1% in overall patient satisfaction for all U.S. hospitals as measured by Press Ganey
- Only hospital in Wisconsin to make the “Medicare Identifies 97 Best Hospitals for Hip & Knee Replacement” for 2013
- Winner of the Press Ganey Summit Award and Guardian of Excellence Award since 2010. Award winners must rank in the 95th percentile in the Press Ganey database for patient satisfaction
- Named by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of America's "100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare"
- Selected for Becker's Hospital Review's "60 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs."
- Hospital Food Fight Contest – “Best Hospital Food in Wisconsin” for 2014
- Official orthopaedic hospital and orthopaedic physicians for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Athletics.
- America’s Best Hospitals—Best Patient Experience by Women’s Certified for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (Watch video here)
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel award winner as one of the “Top 100 Work Places” for 2013 and 2014
We survey 100%
Do you wonder if anyone reads your survey? At OHOW, our CEO personally reads each and every patient comment. Most are wonderful reinforcements of the patient-focused culture we have created. A few point out ways we can improve even more. All of your comments are important, appreciated, and considered.
What our patients say
DELIVERING AN UNMATCHED PATIENT EXPERIENCE.
OHOW's growing reputation is based in large part on the stories our former patients tell about their experiences with us. So what sets us apart from other hospitals and care providers? Listen to a few recent patients as they tell their stories.
"Best hospital stay experience! Everyone from the receptionist to security downstairs to the stay itself was unbelievably friendly and positive. Your hospital is the best kept secret in Milwaukee. I have recommended it to many others."Next
— Darcy Jesswein
What our patients say
Delivering the total patient experience.
"Thanks to the nursing staff who worked so diligently to help me last week when I was greatly in need. Everyone was motivated, caring, conscientious, concerned and cheerful."
— Neil Farber
"The personnel at the clinic are excellent. I was struck at just how friendly they were that first day when I made my appointment. I thanked one of the ladies for the help. She looked at me in the eye and said, 'of course, that's what we're here for.'"
— Sandy Swartzberg
"The care, concern, compassion and consideration you all showed just makes everything much easier. I've taken every available opportunity to recommend the hospital to any and all."Previous
— Nancy Kurkanski
Our goal is to make you as informed and comfortable as possible on the day of your surgery. Please come to the Surgical Services Department located on the second floor of the Hospital. Bring any forms or X-rays given to you by your doctor, as well as your insurance card and photo ID.
We do our best to keep things on time, but some surgeries and procedures can take longer or shorter than expected and your surgery start time may vary slightly from the scheduled time. If this occurs, we will keep you informed.
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Physical & Occupational Therapy
When it comes to orthopaedics, proper rehabilitation is as important as the right diagnosis and treatment. That's why we've created a full service, state-of-the-art rehabilitation department staffed by experienced physical and occupational therapists. The entire department is specifically designed to facilitate speedy recoveries.
You expect a thorough diagnosis that potentially means having an MRI. In order to determine the severity of your condition as quickly and accurately as possible we've equipped ourselves with a state-of-the-art MRI scanner on site.
Generally, MRIs are scheduled within 24 hours, and are the easiest way to obtain detailed images of specific areas inside your body that may otherwise be difficult to assess. Your images are sent to a radiologist immediately following your examination for interpretation.