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AboutUnityPoint Health – Meriter provides convenient, personal care to patients in hospital and clinic settings. As a partner of UW Health, our team uses shared values to show our people and communities how much they matter. Offering primary and specialty care, including the busiest birthing center in Wisconsin, Meriter is regularly recognized for outstanding quality and patient experience.
We are proud to be part of UnityPoint Health. Providing care throughout Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin.
Hours & Location Details
Hours of Operation
- Monday: Open 24 hours
- Tuesday: Open 24 hours
- Wednesday: Open 24 hours
- Thursday: Open 24 hours
- Friday: Open 24 hours
- Saturday: Open 24 hours
- Sunday: Open 24 hours
Our surgical wing features eighteen state-of-the-art surgical rooms with leading-edge technology and integrated information technology systems.
Operating like a high-tech command center, our operating rooms are equipped with digital imaging equipment and three flat-screen monitors suspended from the ceiling and one 42-inch monitor hung on the wall. Through a high technology switching station, nurses access real-time images from endoscopic cameras, as well as stored digital images of x-rays, MRI and CT scans and can send the images to the screens located around the surgical table to meet the precise needs of the patient and surgeon.
Pre-surgery and post-operative room are all private rooms providing for the privacy and comfort of patients and their family members.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
UnityPoint Health – Meriter is committed to being diverse and inclusive.Learn more about UnityPoint Health's DEI Initiatives
Nonprofit foundation responsible for managing gifts, grants, community philanthropic activities and investment.Learn More About Meriter Foundation
UnityPoint Health – Meriter is proud to be Dane County's community health system. A not-for-profit led by a community Board of Directors, our organization's mission is clear: improve the health of the people and communities we serve.Learn More About Community Relations
Jeff Levy Education Center remodel completed. UPH Interpreter and Translation Services Hub launched.
First UPH Enterprise female COO is hired. Hired first UPH Chief Diversity Officer and first UPH Director of Community Engagement & Partnerships. First UPH DEI Leader Power Hours. First Enterprise-wide DEI planning, assessment, and structures initiated, including Health Equity Council and subcommittees, Career Pathways Strategy and Committees, Pathways Employee Engagement and Experience Committee, Training and Education Committee. The Phlebotomy Scholars Program starts. Care for our Community’s Future workforce development campaign launched. Became member of Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality. Mother Baby JOA rebranded to Pregnancy and Newborn Care Services JOA. Accessible Pedestrian Signal installed.
Talent Management/Organizational Development Center of Expertise created. First DEI Partner hired. First UPH-Meriter Leadership DEI Training and UPH all team member DEI training (SOGI). First annual DEI observance plan created. UPH DEI Council Launched. Began incorporating equity lens in workflows and policies for greater patient and employee health equity and inclusion. Community support funds re-evaluated through a health equity lens. Served as a partner to establish the Black Maternal Child Health Alliance.
The Gloria Jones-Bey CNA Program starts, honoring an employee’s legacy. Journey of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council and Subcommittees launched. First UPH DEI Leader Development Institute. First UPH DEI Consultant hired. First DEI Operational Plan created. Responding to Discriminatory Requests from Patients Policy finalized. Performance Improvement Department starts incorporating Health Equity measures in annual Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement plan. First gender inclusive bathrooms.
The first Love is Love event is held. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Hospital expansion. First DEI Manager position hired. First UPH Meriter-based DEI training began. Became a member of the United Way of Dane County HIRE Initiative.
First female CEO hired at UnityPoint Health - Meriter.
UW Health and UnityPoint Health – Meriter established a new business relationship that closely and formally linked the two health systems. The resulting relationship, unique among healthcare systems, strengthened Meriter's community mission and allowed UW Health to expand its leadership in high-level care.
In addition, Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation affiliated with the Quartz brand, along with Unity Health Insurance (Unity) and Gundersen Health Plan, in order to better serve a broader range of members.
First Population Health Director position created and hired. Employee Wellness program starts to expand Wellness program to have a holistic approach. Began partnership with Centro Hispano Caminos CNA program. Began Adopt-a-School relationship with Vel Phillips Memorial High School, supporting their school food program to provide nutritious meals.
Meriter transitioned its name to UnityPoint Health – Meriter and Meriter Home Health officially integrated into UnityPoint at Home. Meriter was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ and given an Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ Recipients by Healthgrades. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) also gave Meriter a 5-star rating in overall quality. For the 6th consecutive year, Meriter, along with all of UnityPoint Health was named "Most Wired." Meriter was also named a 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey for outstanding patient experience in its primary and specialty care clinics.
New CEO Arthur Nizza began his tenure at Meriter. Meriter was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health AnalyticsTM. For the fifth consecutive year, Meriter was named "Most Wired" by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
Meriter officially affiliated with UnityPoint Health, an integrated health system headquartered in West Des Moines, IA. Meriter completed the renovations of the women's outpatient Center for Perinatal Care clinic, and it was also named the top place to work in Madison by In Business magazine. For the fourth consecutive year, Meriter was named "Most Wired" by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
Meriter is a 2013 recipient of the National Research Corporations' Innovative Best Practice award, Top Rated Adult Doctors award and Top Rated Pediatric Doctors award. For the third consecutive year, Meriter was named "Most Wired" by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The final phase of a 3-year construction project for the women's Birthing Center and Family Care Suites was finished.
Meriter opened two new primary care clinics, Meriter Fitchburg Clinic and Meriter Stoughton Clinic. Meriter also opened a Dermatology Clinic in Middleton off of Deming Way.
Meriter was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, again. Meriter opened a Specialty Clinic on the second floor in Meriter Hospital. Meriter also added two new clinics, Meriter DeForest-Windsor clinic and Meriter Monona clinic, that provide primary and specialty services.
Meriter was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Thompson Reuters. This award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance, and operational efficiency. Meriter opened the Meriter Orthopedic Clinic off of Deming Way in Middleton and opened the Digestive Health Center in the hospital. Meriter also implemented electronic medical record systems in the hospital and clinics, including MyChart, MeriterCare and Care Everywhere.
Meriter opened a third medical clinic, Meriter West Washington, to provide primary and specialty care to patients in downtown Madison. A primary care clinic, Meriter Deming Way, also opened in Middleton. Meriter added state-of-the-art operating rooms in the hospital that contain the latest technology for surgical procedures.
Meriter opened a second medical clinic, Meriter McKee, which is located off of McKee Road. Meriter Hospital also constructed a state-of-the-art Oncology Unit. The new Oncology Unit has 15 private inpatient rooms and an expanded outpatient treatment area.
Meriter opened the Heart Hospital, which is on the top two floors of our Tower wing. On 11 Tower there is a 14-bed cardiac IMCU and 31-bed Cardiac Telemetry units, and 10 Tower consists of a Cardiac Short Stay Unit, which includes 16 private rooms and two procedure rooms.
Meriter holds a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the opening of a Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The new unit - with 12,000 square feet devoted to patient and family care - blends high-tech and high-touch elements. It replaced a two-room, 23-bed unit, which opened in 1990.
A standalone Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Hospital off of Raymond Road opened. Meriter also opened its first medical clinic in Middleton off of Elmwood Avenue.
Meriter opens its new Atrium addition, a 117,000-square-foot addition that houses the new Emergency Room, educational conference rooms, and cardiology and pulmonary departments.
Meriter opens its Birthing Center, becoming the first area hospital to offer single-room maternity care to families in southern Wisconsin.
Meriter started an Adolescent Psychiatry Program.
General Health Services and Methodist Health Services, the parent companies of Madison General Hospital and Methodist Hospital, merge to become Meriter Health Services. Madison General and Methodist - Madison's two oldest hospitals - become Meriter Hospital.
Methodist and Madison General boards meet to discuss how the hospitals should respond to Physicians Plus and Jackson Clinic merger discussions. Methodist Hospital opens its Women's Center.
Methodist Hospital installs a new CAT scanner. Madison General Hospital reorganizes into General Health Services.
Nurse internship program is added at Methodist Hospital. The program's goal is to assist new graduates in assuming the responsibilities of practitioners in a clinical setting.
Methodist Hospital School of Nursing graduates its final senior class. More than 1,000 students have graduated from the school since its inception in 1921.
Madison General finishes construction of its Tower addition. The NewStart Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program, Perinatal Center and Cardiac Rehabilitation programs are operating.
The Methodist Health Foundation is established. Madison General Hospital finishes construction on its new laboratory on South Brooks Street (the current Meriter Laboratories building) and parking ramp.
The Oscar Rennebohm Foundation gives Methodist Hospital a cardiac monitor, the first of its kind in Wisconsin. Annual admissions are more than 2,200. First male student graduates from Madison General School of Nursing.
Madison General Hospital opens its North Wing, and demolishes the original 1903 building to make room. The new addition houses the hospital's Psychiatry and Rehabilitation programs. Methodist Hospital opens its new Intensive Care Unit, the first hospital in the city to adopt a new principle of combining all critically ill patients in one area rather than in individual units for specific classes of patient care.
Methodist Hospital's Psychiatric Center opens. A new nursing building is completed. Hospital purchases a polarized x-ray unit that prints x-rays in 10 seconds. Patients are still allowed to smoke in their rooms.
Madison General Medical and Surgical Research Foundation established. Madison General Hospital becomes affiliated with the UW Medical School in that Madison General staff give obstetrics training to UW medical students.
Methodist Hospital marks its 30th anniversary. The salary for a registered nurse is $200 per month. Methodist adopts a 40-hour workweek. Madison General Hospital begins construction of an East Wing. Birth rooms, laboratory facilities and a new surgical suite are included in the seven-floor addition.
Food supply rationing creates a need for a call for food donations. Madison General Hospital opens McConnell Hall, a classroom and residence hall for its school of nursing. It is named after Frank T. McConnell, whose bequest - along with money from the Public Works Administration - funded the project.
Methodist Hospital joins Madison General and St. Marys in offering a low-cost, non-profit group pre-payment hospital plan to various employed groups in Madison.
Due to the Depression and economic troubles, food is accepted in lieu of monetary payment for hospital services. Admission requirements to the Methodist School of Nursing: four years of high school, good Christian character, between the ages of 17 1/2 & 35, good teeth and a letter from a pastor.
Madison General Hospital completes its Center Wing, bringing total patient capacity to 175.
First patient admitted to the new Methodist Hospital building. It has 125 beds and five operating rooms. Innovations include night-lights in patient rooms and two automatic elevators.
Methodist Hospital School of Nursing is established, with Miss Carolyn Fanny serving as superintendent.
The Jackson doctors sign an agreement with Methodist to provide regular medical and surgical staff for the hospital.
Wisconsin Methodist Hospital and Home Association articles of incorporation are signed. The association buys a building on West Washington Avenue and South Henry Street.
Obstetrics Department becomes a separate entity at Madison General.
Madison General Hospital adds a West Wing, bringing its capacity to 85 beds. The cost of the addition is $94,000. Dr. James Jackson and three of his sons donate funds to outfit a "modern" surgical suite, but stipulate that only Jackson Clinic surgeons can use it. Eight years later, a dispute over this stipulation causes the Jacksons to move their affiliation to the Methodist Hospital.
Less than a year after it opens, the new Madison General Hospital reaches its capacity of 30 patients. The first baby is delivered on October 20; Alice Ashford Sheldon Davis. Her mother names her after the head nurse (Miss Ashford) and doctor (Dr. Sheldon) who delivered her.
Madison General Hospital Association articles of incorporation are signed. It will be five more years before a permanent home is built with funds raised from the City of Madison and local philanthropists such as the Madison Women's Club and Attic Angels.
Commitment to Quality
Results say we do well when it comes to satisfying patients and others we survey; it also points out ways we can improve our service to them the next time around.
UnityPoint Health - Meriter benchmarks itself against more than 700 hospitals nationwide by participating in NRC surveys.
UnityPoint Health - Meriter is proud to be one of 129 Wisconsin hospitals to voluntarily report clinical, safety and mortality data into the Wisconsin Hospital Association's CheckPoint Web site. The Wisconsin Hospital Association developed CheckPoint, a public reporting program that provides reliable data on:
- Interventions that medical experts agree should be taken to treat heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia
- Surgical services measures that research indicates will lead to the best outcome for common procedures
- Error prevention measures
CheckPoint provides reliable information for decision making by consumers, purchasers and health care providers.