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Our mission, vision and values
UW Health is part of a long tradition of excellence and innovation in the health sciences in both Illinois and Wisconsin.
Recognizing early a need for both healthcare education and patient care, we are proud to partner with the University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Working together our physicians and researchers have pursued their fourfold mission with vision and vigor and have achieved numerous breakthroughs in medicine and health care. Their discoveries have helped extend the lives of people throughout the nation and the world.
UW Health through the years:
1918-with the leadership of Pehr August Peterson, SwedishAmerican Hospital opened in Rockford
1924-Wisconsin General Hospital opened in Madison
1925-A full four-year medical program was established at the University of Wisconsin
1979-University of Wisconsin Hospital is constructed
1995-Working with the City of Rockford, SwedishAmerican helped renovate and revitalize a neighborhood south of SwedishAmerican hospital
2006-SwedishAmerican Heart Hospital opened on the SwedishAmerican hospital campus
2007-American Family Children’s Hospital opened in Madison
2015-East Madison Hospital became the first new hospital to open in Madison since 1979
2015-SwedishAmerican Health System merged with UW Health
2021-SwedishAmerican Health System rebranded UW Health
Our mission, vision and values
As a healthcare organization, we exist for only one reason: Our patients and their families. They are at the center of our work and our mission, values and our vision of remarkable healthcare reflect our promise to them.
Advancing health without compromise through service, scholarship, science and social responsibility.
Our health system
Where serious conditions meet successful treatment
UW Health cares for more than 800,000 patients each year with more than 1,800+ employed physicians and 24,000+ employees. UW Health includes six main hospitals in Wisconsin and Illinois. Additionally, we have one joint operating agreement (JOA) partner hospital in Madison and two hospitals located within the main hospital in Illinois.
Governed by the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority in Wisconsin they partner with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health to fulfill its patient care, research, education and community services missions.
In 2015, SwedishAmerican, a community health system based in Rockford, Ill., became part of UW Health and in 2021, the UW Health brand was introduced and began rolling out across Northern Illinois. Providers in Illinois engage in education, clinical care and community service missions in partnership with the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Our health system
UW Health is a nationally recognized health system that includes:
Learn more about University Hospital
A 505-bed regional referral center that is home to a Level I adult and pediatric trauma center, American College of Surgeons-verified Burn Center, one of the nation's largest organ transplant programs, one of the nation's first certified comprehensive stroke centers and the UW Carbone Cancer Center, one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the country.
East Madison Hospital
A 56-bed, community-based health and wellness facility.
American Family Children's Hospital
A 111-bed comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical center with pediatric and neonatal surgical intensive care units, Level I pediatric trauma unit, verified Burn Center and a pediatric hybrid catheterization/angiography suite.
This 448-bed community-based hospital provides a complete range of medical and surgical services. UnityPoint Health-Meriter joined UW Health in 2017.
A 50-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation facility for people who have experienced stroke, brain and spinal-cord injuries, amputations, complex orthopedic injuries and other conditions requiring inpatient rehabilitative services.
An inpatient/outpatient hospital with 34 beds in Belvidere, Ill.
Regional cancer centers
Beloit Hospital (Beloit, Wis.)
UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center Rockford (Rockford, Ill.)
UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care (Pewaukee, Wis.)
UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek (Johnson Creek, Wis.)
UW Cancer Center Aspirus Riverview Hospital (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.)
UW Medical Foundation
The state’s second-largest medical practice group, representing the 1,785 clinical faculty physicians of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
Quartz Health Solutions, Inc.
A subsidiary health insurance provider with more than 350,000 members in a 35-county region in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa.
University Health Care
A not-for-profit membership corporation that facilitates clinical and contracting relationships with insurance companies and regional providers.
UW Health joint ventures
Generations Fertility Care
Madison Surgery Center
Transformations Surgery Center
UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek
UW Health Care Direct
National recognition and awards
UW Health is recognized as one of the most progressive and prominent medical centers in the country. The quality of our work is often recognized by influential organizations and media institutions.
12 years runningNo. 1 in Wisconsin - U.S. News & World Report
Healthcare equalityLeader in LGBTQ+ healthcare equality
UW Health | Carbone Cancer CenterOne of America's Best Cancer Hospitals
Leadership and outreach
A commitment to quality and equitable health care
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Our vision is to be a leader in dismantling racism in ourselves, in our system and in our community.
Health is not just driven by clinical care, but also by where you live, work, play and learn.
Partners in care in Wisconsin
Combining strengths to better serve the people of Wisconsin.
More information to assist you
About UW HealthCorporate governance
Information about UW Hospital and Clinics Authority Board, UW Health Swedish American Board of Directors and UWMF Board of Directors, including meeting schedules.
UW Health vendorsInformation and resources for vendors
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