Friends of UW Health is a is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (Tax ID #51-0137187) committed to raising funds for patient and patient family-related needs at UW Health.

When you’re dealing with a chronic illness or hospitalization, sometimes you really need a Friend to help ease the financial hardship, emotional impact and disruption to daily life.

Since 1973, dedicated volunteers of Friends of UW Health have raised funds to support programs and services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families including…

Free wigs for more than 450 Carbone Cancer center patients to make coping with a cancer diagnosis a little easier.

Hotel rooms for patients and families who travel for our care and lack financial resources to cover the additional expenses.

Financial assistance to under-served and underinsured patients dealing with housing insecurity.

A bridge supply of food for the first 3-5 days after discharge to food insecure or malnourished patients through the Critical Access Food Pantry.

We raise this money with help from YOU!

All sales from the University Hospital, American Family Children’s Hospital and UW Health at The American Center gift shops support patient and family programs through Friends of UW Health. Friends of UW Health members receive 25% off in the gift shops. Become a member today to receive your discount card.

We also hold many Vendor Sales throughout the year, including a Spring and Fall flower sale with proceeds going directly to help those in need.

Our community volunteers are a huge part of our success story. We thank our Board Members for their tireless energy.

Mich Arora, President
Jenny Carl, Vice President
Teri Keeler, Co-Treasurer
Lena Kelly, Co-Treasurer
Navreet Hundal-Kamal, Co-Secretary
Heather Pellino, Co-Secretary
Kim Bentz, Executive Board Member At Large
Nadya Nahirniak-Hansen, Executive Board Member At Large
Bob Stauffacher, Executive Board Member At Large
Dena Carreyn
Rachel Jacobsen
Lynn Jaeger
Joanna Janas
Susan Kalin
Valerie Kazamias
Ilektra Kolokouri
Courtney Kruger
Jill Mack
Debbie Oswald
Shon Ransom
Michelle Ripp
Sarah Salzwedel
Tara Swalve
Kristi Austin, Sustaining Member
Mary Baliker, Sustaining Member
Helen Price, Sustaining Member
Kathy Trace, Sustaining Member
Liz Hill, UW Health Liaison
Tina Whitehorse, UW Health Liaison
Linda Handel, Gift Shop Ambassador (UW Health East Madison Hospital)
Meggen Huess, Gift Shop Manager (UW Hospital and American Family Children’s Hospital)