Your Health is in Good Hands in the Madison Region

From specialized treatments to children's and veterans' services, providers blanket the region with care.

By
Laura Hill
On Monday, June 15, 2020 - 14:58
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Residents of the Madison Region count on its medical providers to help them stay healthy. But when illness or injury strikes, they know outstanding care is available close to home.

As the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the world, Fitchburg company Promega put every effort forward with their highly specialized capacity to contribute to this fight. The company had been manufacturing the reagents and assays used in COVID testing for decades. Because the kind of tools required for analysis of COVID-19 are those typically used in researching viruses, and universally in all types of life science work, Promega anticipated the increased needs as the coronavirus epidemic emerged in China. They began scaling up manufacturing in January 2020 to address needs globally and maintained continued and accelerated production. In just one week, Promega Madison produced enough essential components to support 1.25 million COVID-19 diagnostic tests.

Recently, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Madison was hailed by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years as one of the Best Hospitals in Wisconsin.

“SSM Health caregivers take the time to listen, understand, answer questions, hold hands or even pray,” says Damond Boatwright, SSM Health regional president. “That focus on compassionate care is at the heart of everything we do.”

The hospital offers a comprehensive range of services and is known for its obstetrics and birthing facilities as well as its cardiology, orthopedics and neurosciences departments. Plus, it has highly regarded behavioral health services and, in 2019, undertook a $5.9 million expansion of its adult treatment facility.

UW Health System

The University of Wisconsin Health system serves 600,000 patients annually, employing some 1,750 physicians and 21,000 staff at seven hospitals and more than 80 outpatient sites.

UW Health hospitals are listed on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll of the 20 most highly ranked hospitals in the nation in 2019-2020. Its UW School of Medicine and Public Health is the only combination medical/public health school in the country.

For the Kids

Parents in the region rest easier knowing that world-class care for their children is close at hand. American Family Children’s Hospital, a member of the UW Health system, is a 111-bed facility in Madison, with a 26-bed Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, Level I pediatric trauma center and a burn center. The hospital has been cited for specialty services that include pediatric cardiology, neonatology, nephrology and gastroenterology.

UnityPoint Health – Meriter

Families are also front and center at UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital in Madison, a partner of UW Health. Part of UnityPoint Health, the 448- bed hospital lays claim to the busiest birthing center in Wisconsin.

It also serves families through primary care clinics, home health care services, laboratory services and, through its UnityPoint-Meriter Foundation, various charities and philanthropic activities.

For Veterans

The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison serves 95,000 veterans living in 19 counties and in south-central Wisconsin and northwestern Illinois. A 131-bed facility providing medical, surgical, neurological and behavioral health care to inpatients, it also offers a full range of outpatient health care services.

The hospital works to honor veterans by providing exceptional care that improves their health and well-being, says Paul Rickert, community relations manager and public affairs officer.

The hospital was recently recognized as the best place to work in the Veterans Administration based on the VA’s Best Places to Work survey, and in 2017, the Madison VA was recognized as the first dementia-friendly VA hospital in the country.

The hospital will complete construction of a new cancer center in 2020.

“We continually work on expanding access to care for our veterans,” Rickert says. “Later this year, the facility will activate an expanded clinic in Janesville, and we are actively pursuing additional specialty care services at our regional clinics." 

In addition to downtown Madison’s medical corridor, the Madison Region is serviced by a vast network of award-winning rural health care facilities that have shown an impressive ability to adapt during the recent coronavirus outbreak.

If you'd like to learn more about the Madison Region, check out the latest edition of the Madison Region Economic Development magazine

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura Hill is a former reporter/columnist for the Tennessean and a contributor to Journal Communications publications since 1996.