With a long and successful history of working together to deliver superior care, further collaboration between UW Health and UnityPoint Health - Meriter is a commonsense next step for us.
For many years, the two organizations have been intertwined through physician relationships, innovative care programs and community partnerships. This collaboration would leverage the complex, tertiary capabilities of the UW Health system and the community-based hospital and primary care capabilities of UnityPoint Health - Meriter.
Here’s a look at some of our collaborations to date:
- Nearly 50 years ago, the University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics Clinical Program and Residency Training moved to what was then Madison General Hospital (now UnityPoint Health - Meriter). As a result, UW Health never needed to build its own, separate labor and delivery unit, due to the relationship with UnityPoint Health - Meriter for delivering babies in our region.
- Likewise, for decades now, our organizations have maintained multiple long-term arrangements for other UW Health residency programs and for some UW Health specialty services.
- Beginning in 1998, UW Health and UnityPoint Health - Meriter developed various joint ventures designed to expand patients’ access to high-quality preventive and specialty care, resulting in the Madison Surgery Center, Wisconsin Dialysis, Transformations Surgery Center, Wisconsin Sleep and Generations Fertility Care.
- Most recently, UnityPoint Health - Meriter and UW Health launched a shared Mother-Baby Care program to provide coordinated perinatal, obstetric and neonatal services. It combines the strengths of academic medicine with the patient- and family-centered care of a community hospital, showing the benefits of a unified approach to care.