Gundersen Health System
|Founded||La Crosse, Wisconsin (1902)|
|Founders||Adolf Gundersen, MD|
|Headquarters||La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States|
|Area served||Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota|
|Key people||Jeffrey E. Thompson
(Chairman and CEO)
Gundersen Health System is a comprehensive health care network headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Its facilities and services include a multi-specialty group medical practice, regional community clinics, hospital, home care, behavioral health services, nursing homes, vision centers, pharmacies, and air and ground ambulances. Gundersen Lutheran's flagship campus is located in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Adolf Gundersen, who arrived in 1891 from Norway, was the founder of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. Gundersen graduated from University of Oslo. In 1893 he married Helga Isaksaetre, with whom he had eight children. Four of the sons, Gunnar, Alf, Sigurd B. Sr. and Thorolf, joined their father in his first clinic, which opened in 1930 on the outskirts of the city. In 1944, three of the physician sons created Gundersen Medical Foundation (now known as Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation).
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center is the designated Western Clinical Campus for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and School of Nursing.
During 2007, Gundersen had 14,164 admissions, 1,597 births, and 23,192 emergency and trauma center visits. Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center is an ACS verified Level II Trauma Center. The center has been named[who?] among the top 100 in the nation 13 times in the last 11 years.[when?] There are approximately 6,316 employees, and 434 physicians and 259 physician assistants and nurse practitioners on staff.
Gundersen Lutheran was named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters for the fifth time in 2008. Gundersen Lutheran also received the honor in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
Gundersen Lutheran's Environmental Promise states: "We will meet 100 percent of our energy needs for our facilities by 2014 by creating renewable energy and improving energy efficiency."
The underground parking ramp that opened on the health system’s La Crosse campus in 2008 had solar panels.
Respecting Choices Program
An innovative Advanced Care Planning Program, Respecting Choices uses an evidence-based model to communicate patient's wishes for care, treatment, or services before and at the end of life. Respecting Choices is internationally recognized and provides training and consultation to organizations and communities around the world.
- "It's a Fine, Family-Based Clinic in a Small Midwestern City, but the Name Is Gundersen, Not Mayo". Time Magazine, June 9, 1980.
- Hessel, Susan T. Medicine, the Gundersen experience, 1891-1991 (Gundersen Clinic, Ltd., La Crosse, Wisconsin: 1991)
- Midelfort, H. Christine A Norwegian Immigrant's Accommodation To America: The Early Letters of Dr. Adolf Gundersen (Peninsula Nordic Study Circle Lecture Series. 2005-2006)