East Madison Hospital

Welcome to UW Health East Madison Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, part of UW Hospitals — ranked #1 of all Wisconsin hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report. Located on Madison’s far east side, close to the intersection of I-90 and U.S. Hwy 151, we’re a state-of-the-art hospital, health and wellness facility, and sports performance center all under one roof.


World-class care in a convenient location

East Madison Hospital is a leading health care destination in the Midwest. Formerly called UW Health at the American Center, we treat patients needing everything from knee, hip or shoulder replacement, to thyroid or parathyroid surgery. We also offer a wide array of options for those seeking comprehensive weight management.

We also feature state-of-the-art rehabilitation care for patients recovering from surgery or trying to get back in the game after a sports injury. Our wellness programs are perfect for those who want to eat and live healthier or reduce stress through a yoga or mindfulness meditation practice.

So much under one roof

An Emergency Department. A hospital. Scores of doctors who specialize in everything from spine problems to sports medicine. Combine this with a cutting-edge sports performance program and wellness program, and you have the total health care package in an easy-to-reach location. 


Our current visitor policy

For information about the number of visitors or support individuals allowed, please see our patient and visitor guidelines.

Information for patients and families

For more information about your stay or visit, please consult our Patient and Family Visitor Guide.

Facility highlights

A hospital stay that doesn’t feel like a hospital stay

Our overnight stay rooms are large enough to accommodate both you and a loved one. With a beautiful backyard prairie setting, you will appreciate the calm, soothing environment both inside and outside of our doors.

Treating the whole you

Designed to promote healthy communities, East Madison Hospital offers inviting spaces for a varied menu of wellness, fitness and Sports Performance programs.

The Learning Kitchen
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The Learning Kitchen at East Madison Hospital is a fully-equipped classroom kitchen maintained by culinary and health care professionals who offer a wide variety of cooking classes for our community and our patients. The kitchen includes a four-top gas range with flattop and oven, refrigerator, microwave oven and a full set of cooking supplies.

These wellness techniques complement traditional medical care by focusing on the mind-body connection and the patient’s overall sense of well-being. Many patients who suffer from chronic pain or are going through difficult treatments relish the mental and physical healing aspects of these practices.

We offer classes on mindful meditation, a mental training practice that helps calm the mind and slow the racing thoughts that can increase stress. Meditation focuses the mind on being present by connecting with inner thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations. Those who practice mediation are often better equipped to cope with difficult circumstances and challenging people.

A special attraction at East Madison Hospital is a full-size indoor basketball court that is a replica of the original floor at the Kohl Center, home of the UW men’s and women’s basketball teams.


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Free parking

Plenty of free parking and mobility assistance available.

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Retail pharmacy and after-hours window located on the first floor. Stop by to pick up your prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines or update your vaccinations.

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Free Wi-Fi

Free wireless internet access is available at all UW Health locations. Connect your smartphone, tablet or laptop to “Free WiFi UW Health.” Charging stations are available in the Surgical Waiting Area on the main (second) floor.

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The American Bistro offers entrees, soups, salad bar, desserts, hot and cold sandwiches, ethnic cuisine, grab ‘n go foods and snacks. Coffee and other beverages available.

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Beans 'n Cream Coffee Shop

Located on the 1st floor near the hospital entrance, Beams ‘n Cream offers a variety of coffee specialties and locally sourced, organic centered treats. Open Monday-Friday: 6 am–4 pm.

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Rooftop Garden

Our beautiful rooftop garden offers a relaxing and peaceful setting to have lunch, read a book or just take a moment to meditate and rest.

Featured services

Exceptional patient and family care

An extraordinary hospital and wellness center under one roof, East Madison Hospital is a place where we not only diagnose and treat you when you're sick, but also partner with you in health and wellness. We not only want to know what’s the matter with you, but also what matters to you. This holistic approach contributes to a better patient outcome and overall experience.

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Orthopedics and rehabilitation
A destination for orthopedic surgeries

The choice for excellence in orthopedic surgery is easy. UW Health’s Orthopedics team is ranked among the nation’s top programs according to U.S. News & World Report.

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Sports Performance
A complete plan for athletes

East Madison Hospital features a state-of-the-art sports medicine and athletic training facility that is unique in the state. Aspiring and accomplished athletes become stronger and faster here.

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Center for Wellness
The journey to better health starts here

Our Center for Wellness is here to help you find new ways to enjoy physical activity, restore balance in your life, manage stress and eat healthier.

Emergency care

A comprehensive Emergency Department

Emergencies can happen at any time. East Madison Hospital offers a comprehensive Emergency Department for patients of all ages.

Parking and transportation

Ample free parking

Parking is free in our large surface lot in front of the facility or in our parking ramp, located next to the building.

Madison Metro Bus Route 26 stops in front of East Madison Hospital. For the full route and schedule, please visit cityofmadison.com/metro/schedules.

In detail

Visitor and guest services

Our Guest Services staff is committed to making your experience as safe and pleasant as possible.

Please stop by the Hospital Information Desk, located near the hospital entrance or call (608) 440-6242 if you need assistance. We’re here to help. 

Dining – The American Bistro
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The American Bistro, located on the 2nd floor, offers a full selection of entrees, soups, salad bar, desserts, hot and cold sandwiches, ethnic cuisine, grab ‘n go foods and snacks. Coffee and other beverages are available.  Open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Room service offers many seasonal, flavorful and healthy options for our patients and families. After consulting the menu located in your room, you may order anytime between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. by calling (608) 265-0202 or speaking with your patient care technician or nurse anytime. Patient meals are provided at no charge; guest meals are $8 per person. Room service meals are delivered within an hour.

Beans 'n Cream, located on the 1st floor near the hospital entrance, offers a variety of coffee specialties and locally sourced, organic centered treats. Beans 'n Cream is open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.

The Gift Shop, located on the 1st floor, carries greeting cards, balloons, fresh-cut flowers and plants, gift items, jewelry, games and more for yourself or your loved one. Open weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed weekends. You may also order gifts, flowers and greeting cards online.

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About our facility
What are these orange stickers on the seating?

East Madison Hospital is home to our surgical weight management program. As part of our commitment to make patients and visitors feel welcome and comfortable, weight capacity stickers have been placed on furniture throughout East Madison Hospital. The stickers are orange and the weight capacity is listed in pounds. A sticker that says “350” means that the furniture has a weight capacity of 350 pounds. You will see these stickers on benches, rocking chairs, recliners, folding chairs, cardiac chairs, patient chairs, shower chairs, stools, wheelchairs and staxi wheelchairs.

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Patient and family visitors guide

Whether you will be staying as an inpatient or have an appointment at East Madison Hospital, find information about parking and other amenities in our patient and family visitor guide.

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