Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics, Growing and Giving.

Making a Difference

Child life therapist in Reading Room with young patientThanks to the support of members like you, Friends was able to fund 22 different grant projects to benefit patients and families at UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children's Hospital. With initiatives that range from improving patient education, providing resources to support patient care, or helping hospitalized patients sleep a little easier at night, these different grants are directly helping to make a difference.

We are proud to announce our 2013-14 Hospital Services grant recipients. Through the generous support of Friends members, we are able to fund 22 initiatives this year, totaling more than $60,000. This year’s funded grants are:

  • 3-D anatomical models for nurse training and patient education.
  • iPads to be used as distraction tools for children having procedures in the Diagnostic and Therapy Center and in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU).
  • A computer and accessories for the Share the Health Free Gynecology Clinic.
  • Reading glasses for emergency rehabilitation patients.
  • An iPad to be used to demonstrate concepts and exercises for patients in the Hand & Upper Extremity Clinic.
  • Telecommunication tool such as the Baby Connect app, webcams and speakerphones for home monitoring of pediatric patients with congenital cyanotic heart disease.
  • A therapeutic tricycle for pediatric rehabilitation patients.
  • Xbox Kinect gaming system and games for use with rehabilitation patients.
  • An iPad to administer an alcohol brief intervention for patients who screen at-risk for alcohol consumption.
  • Newspaper subscriptions for the Surgical Waiting Area.
  • A hearing loop system for the Otolaryngology/Audiology (ENT) Clinic, allowing reception staff to communicate directly with patients throughout the waiting room via their T coil hearing aids.
  • 1,667 books for the Reach Out and Read program at American Family Children’s Hospital. Reach Out and Read distributes books to children at well-child exams from six months to five years of age. Research proves the importance of ready to children at this crucial age.
  • iPads and communication software for ventilated patients in the Burn Unit and Neurology patients with medical issues affecting their ability to communicate.
  • Coolers and icepacks for mothers of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to transport breast milk.
  • Docking stations and phone chargers for emergency room patients.
  • Kindle Fires and apps for patients and families at the Pediatric Rehabilitation Multi-Disciplinary Gait Clinic who often spend several hours at appointments.
  • Sleep and relaxation kits for the General Medicine and Geriatrics Units, including white noise machines, ear buds and sleep masks.
  • iPads for use with the Psychiatry Unit group therapy sessions.
  • A gift to the Rooftop Healing Garden, which will serve as a place of relaxation, rejuvenation and mediation for patients and families.
  • A contribution to the UW School of Nursing scholarship fund.

Gifts and Grants

2014-2015 Grant Applications Due Oct. 1, 2014

Friends Hospital Services Grant Program Application (pdf)

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 $60,000 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.

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

Derzon Endowment

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.

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