Our Facility and Services

UW Health at The American Center is a unique new health and wellness facility taking shape on Madison's east side. Opening August 17, 2015, the five-story, 503,000-square foot structure will offer superb inpatient and outpatient care in a welcoming, patient- and family-centered environment.


Designed to promote healthy communities, UW Health at The American Center also will offer inviting spaces for a varied menu of wellness, fitness and Sports Performance programs.


UW Health's full campus at The American Center will continue to include UW Health East Clinic at its current location, 5249 E. Terrace Dr. In addition, by the end of 2015, a new 50-bed post-acute rehabilitation hospital will open on a separate parcel adjacent to UW Health at The American Center.


Welcome to UW Health at The American Center


For more than 100 years, UW Health and the University of Wisconsin have worked to advance the science and delivery of health care. Those traditions are alive every day at UW Health at The American Center – a state-of-the-art facility that takes innovation to a whole new level.
Our building was designed to help us do health care differently. Teams of associates, physicians and patient and family advisors worked side by side to create a one-of-a-kind environment. From the first architectural lines on a page to the last stone placed and piece of artwork hung, we have sought to forge a new path and arrive at a new approach to health care.
Behind every decision is our commitment to place patients at the center of their health care experience and to partner with them every step of the way. That means erasing old boundaries and changing the way we work together. It means looking beyond today’s health care needs to help all members of our community stay healthy for a lifetime.
And it means searching every day for new ways to achieve the remarkable care you expect from UW Health. At UW Health, new is our strong suit, an essential part of who we are. And at UW Health at The American Center, we’re in a continual state of renewal, where in every moment, new starts now.

Different by Design

We believe that health care is all about people – the skill and compassion they bring and the ways they connect, educate and partner with one another in health and wellness.
We also know how the environment can support – or hinder – what people are able to achieve. That’s why we took great care in designing UW Health at The American Center. We involved patients, associates and physicians, and we visited other organizations to gather the best new ideas we could find. The result is a campus we’re truly proud of, designed around the needs of patients and families and with space that enables our associates to collaborate, concentrate and stay energized for continuous improvement.
An abundance of natural light and windows offer panoramic views at UW Health at The American CenterOur overnight stay rooms are large enough for loved ones to stay nearby, each with a view of our backyard prairie or innovative green roof. The emergency department and imaging suites share flexible space, so we can respond to the ebb and flow of patient care needs. Our operating rooms are large with state-of-the-art equipment for all the procedures we offer.
The second-floor dining area offers panoramic outdoor views, and when warm weather comes to Wisconsin, you can take your made-to-order meal to an outdoor eating area adjacent to the green roof. Visitors and overnight stay patients dine whenever possible on foods that are seasonal, local and fresh, prepared by chefs known for healthful and delicious creations.
The Sports Medicine, Sports Performance and wellness features of the building’s east wing are second to none. The regulation basketball court, lap and warm water pools, sprint track, turf court and outdoor exercise areas will make rehab or training a joy for athletes of all ages, sports and ability levels. And as part of a stay-healthy focus, a demonstration kitchen will offer nutrition and cooking classes featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared to delight the taste buds.


A Destination for Orthopedic Surgeries


At UW Health at The American Center, our campus is designed around the needs of patients and families, with space that enables our associates to collaborate, concentrate and stay energized for continuous improvementPerforming full and partial joint replacements as well as minimally invasive spine surgeries, specialized hand, foot and ankle surgeries and neuro spine and robotic procedures, UW Health Orthopedics and Rehabilitation physicians are specialty-trained and highly experienced. In many cases, they’ve pioneered the techniques that have become the gold standard in orthopedic care.
At UW Health at The American Center, these exceptional surgeons are part of a team that includes advanced practice health care professionals, rehabilitation therapists, experts in nutrition and health psychology and others who partner with patients from preparation through recovery. Combine the skill and experience of our outstanding team with our state-of-the-art imaging technology and operating rooms, and you have a surgical destination that is truly unique in the region.

Other Surgeries

Other surgeries offered at The American Center include hernia repair, with an emphasis on complex cases, as well as endocrine procedures addressing diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. Plastic and reconstructive services are also available, including non-orthopedic hand surgeries. 

Urology and Men's Health

The American Center offers comprehensive men’s Urology health services including treatment for incontinence, benign prostate issues, erectile dysfunction and low testosterone.

Heart Care

Heart and Vascular Care services at UW Health at The American Center include a wide range of diagnostic procedures as well as a cardiology clinic with same-day access for patients concerned about an existing heart condition or those experiencing palpitations, shortness of breath or stable chest pain. Cardiology subspecialty clinics include:

UW Health's high-performing preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation services are located in the east wing, adjacent to comprehensive fitness, wellness and nutrition services. Finally, cardiology physicians are available at any time for consultation with clinicians who need assistance managing a heart-related condition.


Emergency Department

When emergencies arise, UW Health offers a full continuum of care options. The emergency department at UW Health at the American Center is available 24/7 for treatment of most non-trauma-related injuries and certain types of heart attacks. Telemedicine capabilities allow UW Health’s full range of medical and surgical specialists to provide consultation services when needed.
Trauma care will continue to be provided at UW Health's Level I Trauma Center at UW Hospital and Clinics. For other advanced care needs, patients who arrive at the ED at UW Health at the American Center may be evaluated, stabilized and transferred to UW Hospital and Clinics.

A Complete Game Plan for Athletes

As the health care team for UW Badger Athletics, the UW Health Sports Medicine and Sports Rehabilitation programs have earned their own winning reputation. At UW Health at The American Center, these physicians, therapists and athletic trainers are available to athletes of any age and ability level to diagnose and treat sports-related injuries and to guide rehabilitation and return to sport.

Sports Performance - Gaining an Edge, Avoiding Injury

UW Health's Sports Performance program creates better athletes and imbues a culture of healthy movement.For athletes seeking a competitive edge or a solid conditioning program to increase endurance and reduce risk of injury, UW Health’s new Sports Performance program offers the complete package to help athletes accomplish their goals and stay in the game. The facilities at UW Health at The American Center set its sports programs apart:
  • A regulation basketball court that’s a replica of the court at the UW-Madison Kohl Center
  • An Olympic-length lap pool with reaction-time starting blocks
  • A turf field for soccer and football, drop-down netting for baseball, softball, lacrosse and golf
  • A sprint track and 3-D motion analysis technology to assess runners, golfers, cyclists, throwers, jumpers and return to sport or performance training

And that’s just indoors: Head outside to use the sand agility area, medicine ball training wall and acceleration/deceleration field.


The sports professionals, unique facilities and complementary services in nutrition, health psychology integrative health and orthotics add up to a full spectrum of sports medicine and sports performance programming for individuals or teams of any age and performance level in any sport.


Surgical Weight Management

Our team partners with patients to choose the best medical and/or surgical weight management option - and give patients the resources to continue on the path to a healthier lifeAt UW Health's Surgical Weight Management program, we believe the most important aspect of weight loss is improved health after surgery or medical therapy. That means the true measure of success is the improvement or elimination of many weight-related health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and degenerative joint disease. 
Our clinicians partner with patients to choose the best medical and/or surgical weight management option and give patients the resources to continue on the path to a healthier life.
If weight management surgery is their best option, patients won’t find a better place than UW Health’s nationally accredited Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, located at UW Health at The American Center. Our surgeons are nationally known and thoroughly experienced. Our operating rooms and overnight stay rooms are designed with weight loss surgery patients in mind.
UW Health nutritionists, exercise physiologists and health psychologists work with patients as they prepare for surgery and as they manage their weight for long-term health and vitality. Because weight management is a lifelong process, patients also have ongoing access to UW Health’s online patient resources, weight management smartphone app, support groups and lifestyle classes.

Using Technology to Improve Care and Overcome Distance

Throughout UW Health at The American Center, you’ll see technology at work to improve access to UW Health specialists, enhance communication and make care more efficient.
If a UW Health doctor at The American Center wishes to consult with another physician about a care plan, telemedicine is an innovative and exciting option. A consulting physician at any location can interact with UW Health at The American Center patients and their health care team using secure video. When needed, video capabilities can be supported by special cameras and digital instruments to allow a full physical exam for most conditions. Even bedside rounds can happen via telemedicine, adding convenience and saving time for patients, families and the care team.


Our Facility


A map of UW Health at The American Center 

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West Wing

  • A 56-bed hospital serving orthopedic and general medical/surgical patients
  • 11 operating rooms
  • A 48-room universal care center for:
  • Outpatient diagnostic and treatment procedures
  • Urgent care
  • 24-hour emergency evaluation and treatment or transport to UW Hospital and Clinics
  • Dining area

Center Wing

  • Two floors of clinic exam rooms serving patients in a variety of clinical specialties
  • Clinical laboratory
  • Gift shop
  • Conference space
  • Third-floor faculty offices

East Wing

  • Physical and occupational therapy facilities
  • A wellness, fitness and sports performance area with therapeutic pools, sports courts and three-lane, elevated sprint track
  • Cardiac rehab gym
  • Demonstration kitchen

Our Services


Inpatient Care

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Neuro Spine Surgery 
  • Orthopedics
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Outpatient Specialties

  • Bariatrics and Weight Management
  • Cardiology
  • Integrative Health
  • General Surgery
  • Hernia Care
  • Neuro Spine
  • Orthopedics
  • Urology and cystology
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Other Services and Programs

  • Emergency Department
  • Wellness/Fitness/Executive Health
  • Imaging, including MRI and CT
  • Occupational and Physical Therapy