UW Health Consolidates Services at New Digestive Health Center

Madison, Wisconsin - One of the most environmentally "friendly" health care buildings in Madison will open for business April 8 after a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.


The UW Health Digestive Health Center (DHC), 750 University Row on Madison's west side, offers patients the full range of digestive health services on one site. Physicians and staff from seven UW Health sites will relocate to the new building. The three-story structure includes a gastroenterology and colorectal surgery clinic, as well as procedure and prep/recovery rooms for digestive health procedures.


In addition, the UW Health DHC will offer laboratory, radiology and nutrition services on site. By grouping these related services together, patient care will be more efficient for both patients and staff. 


The building's extensive "green" features make it a leader among local health care projects, contributing toward an expected "Silver" rating within the Healthcare category by the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.


Those features include, among others:

  • Water efficiency:  The Digestive Health Center is expected to use 40 percent less water than similarly sized, non-LEED buildings. Its storm-water retention system allows rain water from the roof to be gathered for use in flushing toilets.  Landscaping will be designed so it doesn't require permanent irrigation.  The building will also have several water meters that will help identify areas where water usage might be excessive due to leaks and other defects.
  • Reduction in light pollution: Exterior lighting has special shielding that prevents light from interfering with adjacent properties.
  • Energy efficiency: Buildings that qualify for LEED use 10 percent less energy for heating and cooling.  DHC will actually use 20 percent less energy, with 35 percent of the building's energy coming from green sources such as wind power.  Devices such as the water heater and emergency generator are equipped to lower carbon-dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.

"This building brings services to our patients, rather than requiring them to move to multiple locations," says administrative director Hannet Tibagwa. "The focus will be on physicians and staff partnering with patients and their families in their care and creating an environment where they always feel welcomed, safe and respected."


Referrals to services at the DHC can be made by calling (608) 890-5000.

Date Published: 04/02/2013

News tag(s):  digestive health

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