We are incredibly fortunate to have so many kind and thoughtful friends who give to UnityPoint Health – Meriter from their hearts to improve the lives of our patients and the health of our community.
Sculptor Mick Evans and Sue Evans
Sharing Comfort and Courage With Others
When we met the folks at UnityPoint Health - Meriter Foundation, it opened a way to give back to the community. In addition, we have had three grandchildren born at Meriter, and our son was saved by the doctors and staff after a serious car accident many years ago. So, we have many things to be thankful for when we think of Meriter. Sculpting in stone is another way of talking, but the words are replaced with a visual and tactile experience. With my first sculpture, Comfort, the message is in the deep love that a mother has for her child. The second sculpture, Courage, represents being courageous in the face of adversity. And, for anyone observing in the hospital, the message of courage will provide that same hope, strength and resolve in the face of uncertainty.
Comfort is on display in the Center for Perinatal Care outdoor garden, and Courage can be viewed in the Atrium Surgical Waiting Area at the hospital.
The Alexander Company
Preserving Historic Neighborhoods and Community Values
For over 35 years The Alexander Company has earned national recognition specializing in historic preservation, adaptive reuse and urban infill development. Through its work, the company has revitalized hundreds of downtown neighborhoods and surrounding communities, while restoring significant cultural heritage and contributing to the national historic narrative. The historic fabric of our neighborhoods across the United States are more than just buildings. They're the epicenters where we live, work and play. Taken together they are the catalysts for the creation of art, ideas and the fruits of society. They're a reminder of our culture and complexity. They maintain a sense of permanency and heritage. It is for these things The Alexander Company works to make a difference.
In light of these values, The Alexander Company recognizes the importance of community service, social responsibility, and giving back - from their annual fundraiser, to their support of Main Streets across the United States. The Company is proud of their long-standing relationship with UnityPoint Health - Meriter and the Meriter Foundation, and all that these organizations do to support our local community.
"I'm proud that our work makes a difference not only in the lives of our local communities, but also in preserving our history and heritage for future generations." ~Joe Alexander, president.
A Tireless Community Advocate
Ray was born and raised in Milwaukee and earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He has worn many hats throughout his professional career, in both the private and public sectors., and is the former publisher and owner of The Madison Times, a weekly newspaper. He joined state government in 1987 and has served in a variety of leadership roles including his current appointment as Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development. Ray is also a member of the UnityPoint Health – Meriter Board of Directors. A tireless community advocate, Ray has graciously served on more than 20 community boards and commissions, including the Overture Center, Urban League, 100 Black Men, United Way of Dane County, American Red Cross, Downtown Madison Inc., Madison College and was elected to three terms on the Madison School Board. His extensive service and influential leadership stem from a desire to build relationships that benefit the greater community.
"I truly believe that the only way to succeed is to work together, be open to different viewpoints, and build each other up. There is so much to accomplish as a community. I encourage everyone to find a meaningful way to give back and make a difference." ~ Ray Allen.
Thomas C. Royston
A Friendly Smile and A Helping Hand
I have lived in Madison for all of my 71 years. I attended Madison West High School, and then it was on to the University of Wisconsin for a history degree. I spent the next 42 years, first as a driver and then as the General Manager of a local transportation company, retiring in 2011. I have two grown children and three grandchildren. My desire to volunteer my time for others came rather late in my life, but it has been an incredibly satisfying and varied experience. The most rewarding would be two trips to New Orleans with a local church group to help rebuild the ravaged neighborhoods after Hurricane Katrina. I first came to Meriter to volunteer in March of 2012. I had been hospitalized on more than one occasion over the previous six years, and it hit me...what a perfect place to volunteer my time. I can honestly say that this is the best "job" I've ever had.
My volunteer jobs at Meriter have been quite varied. When I started five years ago, I chose to be part of the At Your Service team (AYS). I am currently a member of the Friends of Meriter Advisory Council, and occasionally visit patients on behalf of the Meriter Foundation. I hope that any contact I have with patients will help them feel comfortable and safe and reassure family members that their loved ones are receiving the best care possible.
Madison Anesthesiology Consultants, LLP (MAC)
Inspiring Other to Give Back
For more than 15 years, Madison Anesthesiology Consultants, LLP, has provided anesthesiology services at UnityPoint Health - Meriter. Today, the group is made up of 25 highly-trained physicians who specialize in anesthesiology services and provide care to patients in the operating room, birthing center, emergency room, and many other units throughout the hospital. Since 2013, MAC has championed a $25,000 Matching Gift Challenge, encouraging others to give back and raising thousands in additional funding for Meriter programs including Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Nurse Examiner and Helping Educate and Link the Homeless (HEALTH) programs. Focusing on mental health services and community outreach, MAC's support means more children in emotional crisis have tools and resources to move forward, victims of sexual assault have a place to turn, and homeless patients can heal and recover in a safe place.
"As physicians, our number one priority is patient safety and well-being, so we are naturally focused on caring for others. We feel philanthropy makes an impact on meaningful initiatives and the community we serve. It's a win-win knowing our giving inspires others to come together." ~Michael Zolinski, M.D., Managing Partner.
Tyler and Tina Noel
Opening Their Hearts and Home
Tyler and Tina Noel have combined their love of entertaining with their love of kids to help raise awareness and support for the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) program at UnityPoint Health - Meriter. The couple hosts annual fundraising dinners in their home, bringing friends, family, and colleagues together for a special evening of inspiration and enlightenment about the mental health crisis kids are facing in our community. Tyler was first introduced to CAP when he served as a member of the Meriter Foundation Board of Directors. Today, Tyler and Tina are dedicated advocates of the program. Raising awareness and eliminating the stigma behind mental health treatment for all age groups, but especially for children, is what drives Tyler and Tina to make a difference. As parents, they see the increased pressures placed on kids today as greater than ever. Through their efforts and personal contributions, the Noels hope to expand access to clinical mental health resources and expertise so that when children need care, it's there for them as well as their families.
"We really enjoy hosting fundraising dinners for causes we care about, and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program is especially near and dear to our hearts. It's an outstanding resource for kids and families in our community. We have wonderful, generous friends and family, and we feel inspired to do what we can to help other kids who desperately need care." ~Tyler and Tina Noel.
Sue Ellen Dolan
Creating the Best Start for Mothers & Babies
I have been part of the Women's Health care team at UnityPoint Health – Meriter for 35 years. My career started as a labor and delivery staff nurse at Methodist Hospital in 1981. Since then, I have held many positions all focused on creating the best start for mothers and babies including assistant nurse manager, day charge nurse, and Women's Health Informatics. Currently, I'm the Nurse Manager for Women's Health Outpatient Services overseeing the WomanCare Clinic, Center for Perinatal Care, and Women's Health Education Department.
The Center for Perinatal Care uses the latest technology and the expertise of our Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists to guide the care of women with high-risk pregnancies, whether it is a maternal or fetal concern. Our care team is made of many individuals in a variety of roles who work together to care for and nurture the family through their pregnancy journey and towards the best possible
"I am proud to be part of the Women's Health Division and feel that giving back to UnityPoint Health – Meriter is a small way to help support our future vision and improve the health of mothers and babies." ~Sue Ellen Dolan.
Sharing His Talents and Gratitude for 38 Years
Long-time UnityPoint Health – Meriter employee Naren Sharma began his career in the Madison General Hospital cafeteria nearly 38 years ago. He continued working in the kitchen while attending UW-Madison and pursuing a degree in engineering. One of his early roles included hand delivering meal menus to patient rooms.
"Once the orders were collected, we would hand count and forecast the number of patients expected for each meal the following day. I loved statistics and performed a time series analysis forecasting model to help predict the number of patient meals. The kitchen staff liked this tool and began using it," said Naren.
Soon after graduating, Naren joined the Information Technology (IT) department at Meriter and a year later, became a manager. He recalls using punch cards and removable disk packs, and is the first to acknowledge health care technology has come a long way. Over the years, he has been involved in building four data centers, the latest of which is the state-of-the-art facility located at the Meriter Business Center in Madison. Today, Naren is the Manager of the Technical Operations Center.
"I am very grateful for the many opportunities I received to learn and grow at Meriter. That's why it's important for me to give back, and why I support the Meriter Foundation. I want to help provide opportunities for others. Donations to the hospital touch patients along the socio-economic spectrum. Meriter feels like home, especially when I visit the kitchen where I started 38 years ago," shared Naren.