Friends of UW Hospital and Clinics, Growing and Giving.

Making a Difference

Child life therapist in Reading Room with young patientThanks to the generous support of members, Friends was able to fund 32 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.

This year's funded grants are:

  • Mini-wireless blue tooth speakers to enhance therapy treatments and offer speech sample recordings (Middleton Rehabilitation Clinic)
  • iPads to be used for HIV-infected youth health education (Pediatric Infectious Disease Clinic)
  • iPads that can be checked out across UW Hospital and Clinics for patient distraction (Nursing Informatics)
  • Contribution to the new Transplant Memorial Garden (Transplant)
  • Touchscreen computer to improve patient education during transplant evaluation (Transplant)
  • iPads to be used in patient education to reduce readmissions (Transitional Care and Acute Care of Elders Program)
  • Hearing aid supplies and batteries to assist geriatric patients (Transitional Care Program)
  • "Go Wish" card game to help patients complete their advanced directives (Transitional Care Program)
  • Weighted blankets for patients who benefit from weighted therapy (American Family Children's Hospital Surgical Services)
  • iPads to improve communication and provide patient education (Trauma Life Support Center)
  • Breast products for non-cancer patients which are not covered through insurance (Care Wear)
  • Projector and screen for group therapy sessions (Psychiatry)
  • Artwork that serves as landmarks to motivate and measure adult ambulation (General Medicine And Geriatrics)
  • Alternative therapies such as massage, acupuncture and healing touch for inpatients (Integrative Medicine)
  • Contribution toward establishing a Reach Out and Read program in the American Family Children's Hospital NICU (Reach Out and Read)
  • iPods and docking stations for use during therapy appointments (Radiation Oncology)
  • iPads for patient education (Inpatient Hemodialysis)
  • iPad Minis for patient distraction (Inpatient Post Anesthesia Care Unit)
  • iPods and docking stations for use during invasive procedures (Radiation Oncology)
  • Wall toys in patient exam rooms (East Clinic Pediatrics)
  • A Little Free Library for the new Healing Garden (Healing Garden)
  • Positioning pillows for patient comfort during procedures (Mohs Clinic)
  • iPads for therapy, stress and pain management (Neurology)
  • Ostomy care simulator for patient education (General Surgery and Bariatric Center of Excellence)
  • Buzzy Bee for pain control and distraction (Pediatrics Pain Program)
  • Newspaper subscription for family and friends waiting for patients during inpatient surgery (Guests Services)
  • Contribution toward this free, student-operated gynecology clinic for uninsured women with a focus on preventing advanced diseases (Share the Health Clinic)
  • Communication aides for patients with communication limitations (Rehabilitation Medical Surgery)
  • Silicone medical alert bracelets for patients that are uninsured or under-insured (Learning Center)
  • Motorized exercise bike for patients with limited extremity function (Orthopedics and Rehabilitation)
  • "Go Baby Go" toy ride-on cars for children with disabilities (Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation)
  • Wagons for use in American Family Children's Hospital (Guest Services)

Gifts and Grants

2015-2016 Grant Applications Due Oct. 1, 2015

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
friends@uwhealth.org

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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