Health and healing: Resources for patients, families and staff

Helping patients and families feel empowered throughout the healing process.


Find the support you need

The physical healing is only one component of a patient's hospital stay.

UW Health provides a full complement of support services to help patients and families on their road to recovery. We help you address the mind and spirit in addition to the body, and use the feedback we receive from patients and families to improve our services.


A wide variety of support groups are held for everyone from cancer patients to people hoping to get their diabetes under control.

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Envisioning UW Health as a "Community of Healing and Transformation," the Spiritual Care Services department's chaplains and staff are available to support the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, loved ones, family members and staff.

With an interfaith, multicultural approach that emphasizes the dignity of the individual, Spiritual Care Services chaplains respect the spiritual beliefs and needs of everyone - from Catholics to Buddhists to those with no faith tradition.

Offering support during turbulent times, chaplains are specially trained ministers who work as part of a patient's health care team, believing that a person's spiritual and emotional well-being plays an important part in overall health.

The Spiritual Care Services offices are located in E5/620. You may also reach Spiritual Care Services by calling (608) 263-8574.

Vision statements

Spiritual Care Services at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics follows the following vision statements:

  • Concern with the dignity of people

  • To provide a steady course through turbulent times

  • To provide an enduring pastoral presence

  • To respect the spiritual beliefs and needs of everyone

Contacting patients' faith leaders

Besides visits from our chaplains, we encourage patients to call upon leaders of their own faith group to visit and provide support consistent with their faith practices. At the patient's request, chaplains can help make that contact.

If you are a patient or a loved one, call (608) 263-8574 to have Spiritual Care Services help you contact your faith leaders.

Find Health Facts for You as well as a library of health information to help you learn more are all available in our patient education section.

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Walking routes

UW Health Wellness Options at Work created walking routes for our clinics and facilities.

Depending upon your fitness level and time available, choose the walking map that best fits into your day. Walking can do wonderful things for your mind, body and soul.

Instead of sitting in a reception area waiting for your loved one, embrace this opportunity to add some physical activity to your day.

Location routes (pdf)