UW Health Statement Regarding Madison Surgery Center Plans

MADISON - The board of directors of the Madison Surgery Center voted Feb. 6 to allow pregnancy terminations in the second trimester at the Madison Surgery Center (MSC), a private joint venture of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation and Meriter Hospital.

Second trimester pregnancy terminations were offered previously by Dr. Dennis Christensen, but those services became unavailable in Madison upon his retirement in December 2008.

The unanimous vote of the six-member board means that program planning will continue. It is not yet known when the services will be available for patients.


On Feb. 4, the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority board of directors voted in favor of a recommendation to its representatives on the board of directors at the Madison Surgery Center (MSC) to allow the MSC facilities to be used to provide second-trimester (up to 22 weeks) pregnancy termination health services.


There has been much public debate over this topic, and it engendered serious discussion among Authority Board members. Without local availability of this service, however, Madison-area women will be forced to obtain this procedure elsewhere and may obtain it under conditions that do not meet current medical standards. The concerned physicians who brought this issue forward and UW Health and Meriter leaders believe there is a public need to provide these procedures.

Date Published: 04/30/2009

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