New UW Health Yahara Clinic to Open Oct. 31

Madison, Wisconsin - The new UW Health Yahara Clinic, designed based on extensive feedback from patients, will open its doors to patients Monday, Oct. 31.


The clinic, at 1050 Broadway in Monona, will combine the resources of UW Health McFarland and UW Health Monona.


The 32,000-square-foot family medicine clinic will offer X-ray and mammography services, health and nutrition education and group classes, physical therapy, and a healing garden.


The clinic is also designed for patient self-rooming, an innovation to help reduce wait times for patients, decrease exposure to illness, and increase privacy and patient satisfaction.


A patient advisory panel worked with clinic staff and representatives from Findorff Construction on how the building should be designed to best serve the needs of patients and the staff to create a medical home.


"Patients have been involved from the beginning with focus groups to tell us what services they wanted, give feedback in signage, do mock visits to test processes in the new building, and encourage us to think outside of the box," said Dr. Sandy Kamnetz, a clinic physician and vice chair for clinical care at UW Health.


Environmentally friendly techniques were used during construction in pursuit of certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a prestigious honor by the U.S. Green Building Council.


The current UW Health clinics in McFarland and Monona have a total of 47 employees and 15 health-care providers. More staff and providers will be added to the clinic after it opens.


During the move, the McFarland and Monona clinics will close Thursday at noon until opening at the new clinic on Monday, October 31. Patients with medical questions should call their normal clinic number.


An open house, which will include building tours, refreshments and family activities, will be held Nov. 12 from noon to 3 p.m. with a Native American blessing by Gerald Cleveland, Garrick Cleveland, Ken WhiteHorse and Jon Thundercloud.


An artist's rendering of the new UW Health Yahara Clinic

Date Published: 10/20/2011

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