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Published on August 21, 2017

100 years of caring

It's our anniversary!

Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics is celebrating its 100th anniversary, but we wouldn't be here without the contributions of patients, their families and the communities we serve. From our early years, through challenges and periods of growth, and into an exciting future, thank you for supporting us with generosity and compassion.

Mary (Mim) Richter, LPN, 1969 – 2012

"The patient always came first. You took care of people, and that's what mattered. I was here for our transition from paper to electronic medical records and the implementation of outreach services with Gundersen. Through all of these changes, the patients always came first. It's a wonderful thing."

Richard Staff, RN – Director of Nursing, 1974 – 1978

"I was there during a transitional time. It was a struggle at times, but it was the excellent nursing staff that kept the Hospital together. They could have gone anywhere to work, but they recognized the importance of having a hospital in Whitehall. They were professional and did things right. People trusted us."

Ron Fields – CEO, 1975 – 2001

"We're predominantly an elderly community, with farming as the main industry. Tri-County kept those folks close to home. We were one of the first to benefit from Gundersen outreach to bring top-flight, urban care to a rural setting."

Brian Theiler – CEO, 2008 – 2016

"Gundersen Tri-County has shown rural healthcare is a necessity. If you increase the access to wellness and clinical care, the chance for improving the health and wellness to the community increases. The dedication and support from the community we serve was key. When we were struggling to recruit physicians, patients continued to support us. The Whitehall area and Trempealeau County are great places to receive care."