UW Health University Hospital

UW Health University Hospital (UW Health, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics or UWHC) is a 505-bed academic regional referral center with 125 outpatient clinics,[2] located on the western edge of the University of Wisconsin–Madison's campus in Madison, Wisconsin. It is an American College of Surgeons designated Level I adult and pediatric trauma center, one of only two in Wisconsin.[3] UW Health University Hospital has six intensive care units (trauma and life support, pediatric, cardiac, cardiothoracic, burn, neurosurgery). UW Health University Hospital was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the 17th best hospital in the United States and the #1 hospital in Wisconsin in the publication's 2019-2020 Best Hospitals Honor Roll, earning national rankings in 12 adult and 4 pediatric specialties.[4] Additionally, UW Health University Hospital was ranked as the 14th best hospital in the United States and among the top 100 hospitals in the world by Newsweek in 2019.[5]

UW Health University Hospital
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
UW Health
UW Health and UWSMPH.jpg
A view of UW Health University Hospital, the Health Sciences Learning Center, and the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research rising above Lake Mendota
Geography
Location600 Highland Avenue,
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Coordinates43°04′35″N 89°25′51″W / 43.076330°N 89.430750°W / 43.076330; -89.430750Coordinates: 43°04′35″N 89°25′51″W / 43.076330°N 89.430750°W / 43.076330; -89.430750
Organization
FundingIndependent[1]
Non-Profit[1]
Hospital typeTeaching Hospital
Academic Medical Center
Affiliated universityUniversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Services
Emergency departmentLevel I Trauma Center
Beds505 adult beds (University Hospital)
110 pediatric beds (American Family Children's Hospital)
HelipadUW Med Flight (IATA: WS27)
History
Founded1924 (95 years ago) (1924)
Links
Websitewww.uwhealth.org

UW Health describes itself as "the integrated health system of the University of Wisconsin–Madison."[6] It is the primary teaching affiliate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (whose main building, the Health Sciences Learning Center, is connected to UW Health University Hospital). It is also the primary teaching affiliate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison's School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy, and is a teaching affiliate of Edgewood College's Henry Predolin School of Nursing.[6][7]

UW Health University Hospital is home to the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. UW Health also operates the American Family Children's Hospital, a 110-bed pediatric hospital located adjacent to University Hospital, as well as UW Health at the American Center, a 56-bed hospital and emergency room located on the Northeast Side of Madison. Additionally, UW Health operates a network of outpatient clinics at over 80 sites throughout southern and central Wisconsin and northern Illinois, and has partnerships with UnityPoint Meriter Hospital in Madison, Beloit Hospital in Beloit, Wisconsin, and Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Illinois.[6] UW Health also has an affiliated insurance company, Quartz Health Solutions, Inc., operated in partnership with UnityPoint Health and Gundersen Health System.[8]

UW Health serves over 600,000 patients per year, and employs over 1,500 physicians and 16,500 staff across six hospitals, making it the second-largest employer in Madison (after UW–Madison) and in Wisconsin.[6][9]

UW Health University Hospital is home to a helipad that serves UW Med Flight, the hospital's air ambulance service.

HistoryEdit

 
Wisconsin General Hospital in the 1930s. Built in 1924, this building served as the home of UWHC until 1979. It is today known as the Medical Sciences Center and continues to house UW–Madison's physical therapy program and anatomy laboratory, along with several other university departments[10]

UW Hospital and Clinics was established by the Wisconsin Legislature in 1924. Originally named Wisconsin General Hospital, the facility's first location was at 1300 University Avenue. In 1979,[11] it moved to a new facility at 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin, and the original building was converted for use by the university as classrooms. Formerly part of the University of Wisconsin System, UW Hospital and Clinics was reorganized as a public authority, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority (UWHCA), on June 29, 1996.[12] Since May 2016, UWHC's current CEO has been Alan Kaplan, MD.[13]

The hospital and clinics are directed by statute to: "maintain, control and supervise the use of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, for the purposes of:

  1. Delivering comprehensive, high−quality health care to patients using the hospitals and to those seeking care from its programs, including a commitment to provide such care for the medically indigent.
  2. Providing an environment suitable for instructing medical and other health professions students, physicians, nurses and members of other health−related disciplines.
  3. Sponsoring and supporting research in the delivery of health care to further the welfare of the patients treated and applying the advances in health knowledge to alleviate human suffering, promote health and prevent disease.
  4. Assisting health programs and personnel throughout the state and region in the delivery of health care."[14]

American Family Children's HospitalEdit

UW Health opened the American Family Children's Hospital on August 29, 2007. The $78 million facility was funded by $41 million in private donations, which included $10 million contributed by American Family Insurance, and $37 million in bonds.

UW Health at The American CenterEdit

UW Health also operates UW Health at The American Center, located in the American Center business park on the northeast side of Madison. The hospital includes 56 beds and an emergency room. The campus also includes the UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital, and 1.5 miles away, the UW Health East Clinic.[15]

Employee relationsEdit

Employees of the UWHC negotiated their contracts on a separate schedule from employees of the UW System.[16] This right was removed when the passage of a bill to limit collective bargaining rights was passed.[17]

RecognitionEdit

  • In 2016, UW Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) was named the top hospital in Wisconsin by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth consecutive year[18]
  • UW Hospital and Clinics received "magnet hospital" designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2009.[19]
  • UW Hospital and Clinics was named the #1 academic medical center nationwide for outstanding nursing quality in 2009 by American Nurses Association, based on performance on the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI).
  • UW Hospital and Clinics ranked among the top five academic health centers nationwide in a University HealthSystem Consortium benchmarking study of safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness and equity in delivering care, 2008.[20]
  • UW Hospital and Clinics ranked among the top 50 in the nation in 15 medical specialties in the most recent (2016) U.S. News & World Report hospital ranking.[21] Additionally, the American Family Children's Hospital was ranked among the top 50 in the nation in five medical specialties in the same report.”[21]
  • UW Hospital and Clinics named among "100 Best Companies" in the nation by Working Mother magazine in 2007 and 2008.[22]
  • The Hospital and Clinics' Heart and Vascular Care program listed among top 100 hospital programs in the Thomson Reuters Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success, 2004-2008.[23]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics". Uwhealth.org. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Trauma Centers". American College of Surgeons. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  4. ^ "U.S. News and World Report". health.usnews.com. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Wisconsin State Journal". madison.com. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d "University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics". Uwhealth.org. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Henry Predolin School of Nursing". edgewood.edu. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Quartz Health Solutions". Uwhealth.org. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  9. ^ "CareerOneStop". careerinfonet.org. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Health: Then and Now". Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  11. ^ "History and Innovation". Uwhealth.org. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Facts and figures" (PDF). Uwhealth.org. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Leadership" (website). Uwhealth.org. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  14. ^ "CHAPTER 233 : UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN HOSPITALS AND CLINICS AUTHORITY" (PDF). Legis.state.wi.us. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  15. ^ "UW Health at The American Center". Archived from the original on 2015-09-02. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  16. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-20. Retrieved 2008-05-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Summary of Gov. Scott Walker's Budget Repair Bill" Green Bay Gazette February 16, 2011
  18. ^ "UW Hospital and Clinics Named Top Hospital in Wisconsin". Uwhealth.org. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2010-05-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ "News and Events". Med.wisc.edu. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-01. Retrieved 2010-05-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2010-05-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-06. Retrieved 2012-03-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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