–submitted by Andrea Kaminski; photo by Pete Christianson
In his presentation July 22, fellow Rotarian John Sheehan spoke about the soon-to-open UW Health at The American Center. Having grown up in Sun Prairie, Sheehan said the opportunity in 2013 to serve as President of this UW Health Center was what brought him back to Wisconsin from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Scheduled to open August 17 in the American Center Business Park, this innovative campus will take a unique approach to healthcare. The Center’s philosophy is that healthcare is a “holistic endeavor where our mission is to not only diagnose and treat you when you’re sick but also to partner with you in health and wellness.”
Sheehan explained the goals of UW Health at The American Center:
- To be a center for elective and ambulatory surgeries, freeing up space at UW Hospital for transplants and other more complicated procedures;
- To offer a new access point for UW Health on the growing east side;
- To provide outreach to new communities, offering programs focused on wellness and prevention. Sheehan noted that this focus will help keep healthcare costs down and is consistent with the Affordable Care Act’s focus on population health;
- To be a place that fosters innovation in healthcare delivery because of the facility’s smaller size and lean management.
The center will have three wings: an emergency department; a clinic and ambulatory wing with exam rooms, 56 beds and 14 operating rooms; and a sports performance and wellness wing, which will offer classes and programs focused on prevention. Staff will use state-of-the art technology, such as electronic service badges designed to monitor patient flow and address any bottlenecks. There will be 24/7 consulting services via “telemedicine” which will allow patients to consult with their providers.
Sheehan credited architectural and building partners Flad and Findorff for creating a facility with a healing, quiet environment with outstanding art and such amenities as roof-top gardens for growing herbs and produce. Yes, herbs and produce, which will be used for nutrition classes in the demonstration kitchen.
Sheehan was particularly proud of the active participation of Patient and Family Advisors at every step in the design of the facility and programs. He invited Rotary members to attend opening events, which begin July 31. For more information see the Center’s WEBSITE.