Inpatient Behavioral Health

The Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit is a 30-bed facility that provides mental health and chemical dependency detoxification services. Our staff believe that each patient is an individual, and as an individual, has specific needs that are constantly changing. Patients are supported and protected in a healing environment during their hospitalization. At all times, safety is our primary concern. We encourage patients to keep their daily routines and actively participate in their own care. A team approach provides consistent quality care.

Individualized patient care is designed by the psychiatric team. Patients are encouraged to participate in establishing goals while hospitalized and progress toward those goals is monitored throughout the hospital stay.

West of the La Crosse hospital
(608) 775-3523, or
(800) 362-9567, ext. 53523

Visiting Hours
Monday-Friday: 12-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 12-7 p.m.

While staying at the Inpatient Psychiatry unit, a patient will be cared for by a variety of staff including

  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurses
  • Internal Medicine providers
  • Social workers
  • Occupational & recreational therapists
  • Pastoral Care
  • Other specialties as needed

For admissions to Inpatient Psychiatry, referring physicians may call Gundersen MedLink at (608) 775-5465 or (800) 336-5465 and ask for the on-call psychiatrist.

The new building
Gundersen’s Inpatient Behavioral Health building is about more than the building itself. It’s about what it offers our patients, their families and our staff.

The space:

  • Is a sanctuary of hope and compassionate care.
  • Offers private rooms for all patients. Nearly half of the patients had to share rooms in the old building when the unit was full.
  • Provides additional beds for adolescent patients so parents don’t have to send their children far away for treatment.
  • Includes a separate area for our vulnerable patients, such as older adults and those with special medical needs.
  • Is a healing environment with an abundance of natural light and access to the outdoors.

We are dedicated to caring for adolescents and adults who are suffering from mental illness. It may be your parent or grandparent. Your sister or brother. Your aunt or uncle. Your child.

The new healing environment:

  • Improves the care setting for patients of all ages.
  • Offers inpatient care for adolescents and older adults closer to home.
  • Provides dignity and offers hope for our patients.
  • Meets a serious community need at a time many are stepping away from providing care for mental health.

Gundersen’s Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit allows us to offer better mental health care and a healing environment for children and adults from western Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa. The Behavioral Health department’s reach, however, extends beyond the building’s walls and the patients within them.

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