Central Wisconsin Center
317 Knutson Drive
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 301-9200
General fax: (608) 301-9423
Confidential fax: (608) 301-1835
- State institution for severely profoundly mentally retarded and developmentally disabled individuals.
- Owned and operated by the State of Wisconsin's Department of Health and Family Services, Division of Care and Treatment Facilities.
- Services include nursing, PT, OT, RT, education & recreational therapy.
- Serve both Adults and Children.
- LOS is up to 3 months for Evaluation/Treatment program; 14 days for Physical Assessment program; and 5 days for Clinical Evaluation program.
- Most residents have guardians.
- The guardianship papers may already be in HealthLink. If they are not, CWC staff have been instructed to always send copies of the guardianship paperwork with the resident when the resident is sent for treatment at UWHC. If there is not paperwork, place a call to CWC unit to obtain. If the unit is not responsive, the CWC medical record number is 301-1785
- At CWC all guardianship paperwork is kept in two places; the unit record and the medical record central filing department.
- Clear communication regarding discharge planning with CWC regarding the patient’s current condition is extremely important.
- The patient should be as close to baseline as feasible. The post-hospitalization unit at CWC is a five-bed unit with limited supportive resources available and no evening or weekend in-house physician coverage.
- Discharges need to be arranged 24-48 hours prior to anticipated date of discharge and should occur as early in the day as possible; leaving UWHC by noon whenever feasible.
- CWC does not have 24-hour services such as lab, x-ray and pharmacy after 3pm weekdays, and 3pm Friday until 9 am Monday, so weekend discharges are highly discouraged.
- While there is excellent 24-hour care of the residents at CWC, the physicians, pharmacy, records people and other ancillary staff work Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30pm. If a discharge occurs after 4:30pm, there will not be a physician or pharmacist readily available. That is why transfers back to the facility must occur earlier in the day or with previously arranged later transfer.
- Patients who need IV antibiotics should have a PICC line placed prior to discharge and IV medications are delivered to CWC by Chartwell.
- Kyle McLean, RN, MS, APNP, with the Dept. of Rehab Medicine is our liaison with CWC. You may page her at any time to assist with resident discharge planning at pager # 4841.
- You may also call CWC leadership staff - Sue Gruchow-Unit Director/Nursing Supervisor at Office: 301-9397 or Cell: 206-4105 or Kathi Steele-DON at Office: 301-1806 or Cell: 206-6492.
- Please also note that there must be an MD to MD and an RN to RN conversation/report prior to any transfer back.
- CWC handles all transports through a central office. Always alert to a potential D/C any CWC employee who is at UWHC with a resident, but this alert is not a handoff.
- There are charge nurses who hold positions much like our nursing coordinators. These charge nurses handle after hour issues for the entire institution. The charge nurse phone number is 301-9402 and they can problem solve and access guardianship paperwork if necessary. However, the first call should always be to the unit.
Wisconsin Developmental Disability Programs and Information