UW Health 2008 Annual Report: The Communities We Serve

As a large academic medical center, we often call ourselves comprehensive — and indeed we are. We pursue a fourfold mission of patient care, research, education and community service.
UW Medical Foundation President Jeffrey Grossman, UW School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert Golden, and UW Hospital and Clinics President and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky
We offer the full continuum from primary and preventive care through advanced treatments available at only a handful of centers nationwide. We cover the gamut from basic science to advanced clinical trials, from outreach to talented high school students through the training of sixth- and seventh-year residents in highly focused subspecialties.
But we are comprehensive not only in who we are and what we do. What is sometimes overlooked is the range and diversity of the communities we serve. With clinics throughout southcentral Wisconsin, we care for residents in small rural communities, in our flagship community of Madison as well as our state's largest city, Milwaukee, and smaller urban centers such as La Crosse and Wausau.
And the communities we serve are defined by more than geography or municipality. There is the community of cancer survivors who gather every year at the UW Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center's Survivors Day. There is the community of organ donors and transplant recipients who gather annually at UW Health's transplant picnic. There are the dozens of community organizations we support financially and partner with to create a healthier community for all. There is our community of colleagues in dozens of regional hospitals and medical practices. And there are our employees, a community of more than 9,000 dedicated women and men who are the brains, brawn, heart, soul and backbone of our organization.
They are the face of UW Health, through whom we reach out to all our other communities. In this report, you will see the faces and read the stories of patients, families and staff in all these communities. If you are a friend of UW Health, we are proud to present this record of our year for 2008, and if you are learning about us for the first time, we welcome you to the communities we serve.