Friends makes a difference in the lives of patients and their families through the many programs we support.
Thanks to the support of our generous contributors and loyal sponsors, Friends is proud of to share results of another successful year. Proceeds from events will support programs and services that enhance the patient and family experience at UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children’s Hospital.
A Round Fore Friends 2013
On Monday, July 8th, Friends of UWHC hosted 124 golfers at our fifth annual golf outing, A Round Fore Friends, at Bishops Bay Country Club.
Through the generosity of our sponsors, auction donors and golfers, the event raised more than $20,000 to support patient and family programs at UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children’s Hospital. View the event photos on Facebook
Thanks to our sponsors:
Heart & Hands 2013
On February 19, 2013, Friends hosted 180 guests at the Overture Center for Hearts &
Katie Glass, Child Life specialist at American Family Children's Hospital, and Kendall Furniss-Smedley
Hands, a luncheon to support American Family Children’s Hospital.
Guests were moved and inspired by Kendall Furniss-Smedley and her mother, Susan Smedley-Gerber, who described the wonderful care Kendall and their family received from physicians, nurses and other staff when Kendall underwent emergency brain surgery.
When Kendall was 12, she was having fun at a friend's sleepover. An excruciating headache prompted a call to her mom. Concerned at the intensity of the headache, they went to the emergency room only to discover that a brain hemorrhage was creating pressure on her brain.
The neurosurgeon had to begin treatment in the emergency room because there was not enough time to get her into surgery. After such a harrowing experience, Kendall's mother shared her gratitude for the support and care they received at American Family Children's Hospital.
During Kendall’s month-long stay in the hospital, they used many of the services offered at American Family Children’s Hospital, such as the Positive Image Center, Pet Pals, and the family meal program. Kendall introduced Katie Glass, a child life specialist at AFCH who supported Kendall’s entire family through her hospitalization and has inspired Kendall to pursue a career as a child life specialist.
Hearts & Hands raised more than $25,000 for American Family Children’s Hospital, which was matched through the UW Credit Union’s Double Your Impact campaign. Thank you to our table captains and guests who gave so generously to support patients like Kendall!
Love Lights 2012
A scene from Love Lights 2012
Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics is honored to have hosted our 15th annual Love Lights program, which touches the lives of so many.
This year, Love Lights:
Thank you for making Love Lights a part of your holiday traditions. Friends wishes you and your family a very happy new year!
Friends Grant Lets Kids Help Kids with Video
Dr. Joel Wish will use a Friends grant to purchase Flip video cameras that young patients can use to create mini-movies about common hospital experiences. The videos, Dr. Wish believes, will benefit both the child making the video and other children going through similar experiences.
UW Health's CareWear, a service that offers breast prostheses, bras, tops, swimsuits and other products for women with breast asymmetry, used a grant from Friends to help patients whose prosthetic needs are not covered by insurance. Learn more at uwhealth.org
Get in the Game Gala
The fifth annual Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics Gala, "Get in theGame," was filled with inspirational moments. The evening featured a motivational speech by legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr, and moving patient stories. The event raised more than $464,000 in support of the Children's Hospital, and helped launch their Sick Kids Can't Wait campaign. View a slideshow from the evening on Flickr
Helping Out with Treatment and Recovery
A special recliner was purchased for the Mohs Surgery Clinic to help aid recovery and healing for patients after surgical procedures.
|An exercise bike was purchased for patients recovering in the Bone Marrow Transplant and Hematology Unit.|
A grant to Radiation Oncology was used to fund the Serenity in Scanning program. This program enhances the PET Scan experience and reduces the stress felt by cancer patients.
Friends distributes approximately 250 wigs each year free of charge to UW Health patients undergoing treatment for cancer or other illnesses. The average cost per wig is $89 and includes supplies and wig styling by a licensed cosmetologist. This program is funded largely by Friends annual activities, as well as direct individual financial donations.
2014-2015 Grant Applications Due Oct. 1, 2014
Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics accepts applications for its Hospital Services grant program. The program was established to further Friends' mission to enhance the experience of patients and families served by the hospitals. Last year, Friends awarded nearly $45,000 through the program.
Grants are awarded to UW Health staff for projects and services that are not covered by the hospitals' normal operating budget. Examples of past grants include Wii-based therapy (Wii Hab) for patients with mental illness, iPads for patient education and diversion in the Cancer Clinics and chemotherapy rooms, breast products for non-cancer patients, flip camera for camera-based therapy to educate and enhance children’s understanding of their medical condition, sleep kits for the Family Medicine inpatient unit and a gift to the Reach Out and Read program.
The 2014-2015 grant cycle will be announced in the near future.
To apply for a Friends grant, please return a completed application and
supporting documents to:
Friends of UWHC, Inc.
301 S. Westfield Rd., Suite 250
Madison, WI 53717
Mail code: 9700
Fax: (608) 265-1642
The Gail and Gordon Derzon Fund was created in 1999 to honor Gordon Derzon's more than 25-year tenure as CEO of UW Hospital and Clinics. The endowment fund assists patients and families in need with expenses associated with long-term illness or hospitalization. Some covered expenses have been for transportation, medical equipment, lodging, food or special needs not covered by other available resources or insurance. During 2010, the fund provided $25,600 to help individual patients and their families. The Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics contributes annually to this fund and asks that you consider making a gift.