Stories of life-changing treatment at UW Health

The University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, including the UW Hospitals and Clinics, are pictured in an early morning aerial taken from a helicopter on Oct. 23, 2018. Bryce Richter / UW–Madison

UW Health serves more than 600,000 patients a year.

For many of them, the care is life changing.

It’s not just the world-class health care, provided in partnership with the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.

It’s the compassion with which patients are treated by the 1,500 physicians and 17,000 staff members, to help them to the best possible outcome.

Read some of their stories here:

  • Kelsey Townsend was nine months pregnant in October when she was diagnosed with COVID-19 and later gave birth on Nov. 4 while in a medically induced coma. She made an amazing recovery. When she was discharged in January, she was able to hold her newborn baby, Lucy, for the first time. Read more.
  • After being told her brain tumor was inoperable, Sun Lim of Northbrook, Ill., turned to UW Health. Doctors there were able to operate and remove the tumor, even in the midst of the pandemic. And the Lim family was impressed by the level of care. Read more.
  • Carmen Lerma became the first person in Wisconsin to undergo a double lung transplant because of COVID-19. She’s been discharged and still has a long road to recovery, but she’s making good progress. Read more.
  • Filmmaker Andrew Scheid just happened to be in Wisconsin when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. But after many months of treatment at UW Carbone Cancer Center, he’s recovering. “You end up in the middle of the worst moment of your life in the place with the nicest people and the best medical care you could possibly get in the country,” he said. Read more.
  • After her cancer went into remission, Renee Zemke struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide. But her UW Health doctor talked to her about it and encouraged her to get help. Now she advocates for other cancer survivors. Her message? It’s OK to not be OK after cancer, and help is never far away. Read more.

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