Grant Awards Support Patient Programs at UW Hospital and Children's Hospital

Jeff Poltawsky, Vice President of American Family Children's Hospital, Susan Pierce Jacobsen, President of Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics, and Donna Katen-Bahensky, President and CEO of UW Hospital and Clinics
Jeff Poltawsky,  American Family Children's Hospital Vice Presicent, Susan Pierce Jacobsen, Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics President, and Donna Katen-Bahensky, UW Hospital and Clinics president and CEO

MADISON - With a little help from their Friends, UW Hospital and Clinics and the American Family Children's Hospital do more than just get by. For the last 34 years, their collaboration has helped thousands of patients and their families.


This year the Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics raised more than $450,000 for UW Hospital and Clinics and the American Family Children's Hospital. The gift was bestowed in the form of grants and donations at UW Hospital on Tuesday, February 24.

Friends presented to American Family Children's Hospital $425,000, which was raised at its Dare to Dream gala and from the sale of more than 1200 Kids Art calendars.

UW Hospital and Clinics received $37,300 in grants to fund various patient-centered programs throughout the hospital.

The donations and grants are used to fund unbudgeted programs that help patients and their families as well as fund various projects within the hospitals.


"We love to do things that we can see really have a direct impact on patients and families," said Friends President Susan Pierce Jacobsen.


2010 Grant Recipients


In addition to announcing this year's grant winners, Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics handed out four member awards. The recipients included Friends founder and former UW Hospital CEO Gordon Derzon and board member June Franklin, who started the Friends' annual Love Lights program.


M&I Bank, a presenting sponsor of the Reach for the Stars gala in 2002- which was a springboard event in the building of American Family Children's Hospital- was honored for past and continued support with M&I former and current regional president, Bob Schlicht and Doug Nelson, respectively, accepting on its behalf.


Jack Salzwedel accepted the final member award on behalf of American Family Insurance, which not only made the lead gift for American Family Children's Hospital, but continues on with their generosity. American Family Insurance is the largest buyer and seller of the Friends' Kids Art calendars, which they sell in their offices.


2010 Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics Grant Recipients

  1. Monica Lesperance and Shanna Popp were awarded a grant for the TLC Nursing Department, which will be used for a family-centered guidebook that will include an overview of the TLC unit, explain the hierarchy of patient care and provide self-care resources and updates on patient status for family members.
  2. Brian Lamboley was granted funds to cover newspaper subscriptions for the Surgical Waiting Area. The newspapers provide a much-needed distraction for family and friends waiting to hear the outcome of their loved ones' surgeries.
  3. Heidi Beckman and the Health Psychology Department were granted funds to purchase books for psychotherapy group for patients with Type 2 diabetes.
  4. Nancy Tschoeke and the Mohs Surgery Clinic at West Clinic were awarded a grant to purchase MP3 players and headphones to be used by patients during their procedures or the waiting period after a session is completed.
  5. Susan Allen was granted funds for the organ procurement organization to print specialized thank-you cards that organ recipients can write to donor families.
  6. Karen Allaire and the American Family Children's Hospital Learning Center were given a grant to purchase age and developmentally specific DVDs to educate newly diagnosed kids and families about Type 1 diabetes.
  7. Nel Lemmenes was granted funds for the Pain and Research Center to purchase TV equipment to show a pain and headache orientation video to patients.
  8. Valerie Welsh and the Burn Unit received a grant to purchase a Wii system, games and a TV which will be used to help burn patients maintain range of motion over joints affected by burns.
  9. Megan Waltz and the Clinical Nutrition Department were awarded funds to purchase digitized DVDs to update the nutrition and health content on the hospital's newly updated closed circuit TV channels.
  10. Ruth Oetzman was given a grant on behalf of the Telecommunications Department to buy a video system that will link pediatric inpatients with their school classrooms during their stay at American Family Children's Hospital.
  11. Stacey Martens and the Oncology Department received funds to purchase "The Write Track" books for cancer patients. These books help patients organize appointments, keep track of questions for caregivers, track their progress and find trends with their physical and mental health.
  12. Brian Juncker and Rehabilitation and Health Psychology were awarded a grant for their new initiative, a Stroke Prevention Exercise Program. This money will be used to purchase critical pieces of specialized equipment for patients with movement impairments.
  13. Kevin Huddleston of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison were given a grant to support the renovation of a family bedroom Friends originally sponsored 16 years ago when the House was first built.

Date Published: 02/26/2010

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