University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics | 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (Madison). The Wisconsin legislature established the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in 1924, originally naming it Wisconsin General Hospital. Today, the 592-bed hospital is a critical teaching facility in the Midwest with ties to more than 1,200 physicians.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UW Hospital and Clinics as the No. 1 hospital in Wisconsin and one of the top 50 hospitals in the country for nine specialties, including nephrology (No. 16), urology (No. 19) and gynecology (No. 27). The organization was recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality for the second year in a row in 2014 and also received recognition from the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care as one of 12 hospitals in the country to exemplify patient-centeredness by allowing family and friends to have 24-hour access to patients' bedsides. The hospital includes six intensive care units and its UW Carbone Cancer Center is the only comprehensive cancer center, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, in Wisconsin.

Population health is more than a buzzword in Madison. University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute develops interventions and evidence-based approaches to health policy at the local, state and national levels. The institute, part of UW School of Medicine and Public Health, which has strong ties to UW Hospitals and Clinics, is currently spearheading its Making Wisconsin the Healthiest State project. In partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Population Health Institute recently released the sixth annual County Health Rankings, which uses 30 factors such as crime, housing and education to paint a snapshot of nearly every county in the country.

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