Integrated Center for Education

Mission: The Integrated Center for Education provides comprehensive simulation resources and shares best practices in healthcare education through a safe, interactive patient care environment for learners of all education levels.

Vision: The Integrated Center for Education will be a nationally recognized leader of simulation-based learning in a safe, interactive environment which enhances quality of care, supplements resident, fellow and student training, and improves patient safety.


  • Provide a state-of-the-art facility and equipment for clinical and surgical simulation for students, residents, fellows, educators and practicing healthcare providers.
  • Serve as a resource for simulation based health education throughout the upper Midwest and the nation.
  • Build clinician confidence and improve clinical and educational performance through authentic experiences and skills lab training.
  • Use information gained from simulation activities to enhance quality improvement initiatives and increase patient safety.
  • Use video-based technology for assessment of resident technical skills and competency.
  • Partner with vendor sponsors to advance and sustain health science education and technology.
  • Cultivate relationships with academic and community champions to positively impact collaboration and mentorship opportunities.
  • Promote collaboration among healthcare professionals.
  • Attract the best and brightest healthcare professionals through the utilization of cutting-edge technology and training.


An old building with a long history in the La Crosse community is now used by Gundersen Health System as a destination training and education site for medical professionals. Thanks to the contributions of philanthropists and vendors, Gundersen has created an Integrated Center for Education (ICE).

The building called the ICE House in a nod to its original use as an ice house for the Gund Brewery in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The building now holds a technologically advanced center for education that allows Gundersen to enhance its reputation as a national leader in healthcare.

The idea for the ICE House took hold when the Karl Storz Endoskope Company approached Gundersen about a partnership. The Germany-based international manufacturer of medical instruments and devices was looking to develop a training center in the upper Midwest.

They provided three state-of-the-art surgical training towers, as well as their OR integration software in space provided by Gundersen. STERIS Corporation, another international medical equipment manufacturer contributed surgical lights, booms, sterilization equipment and OR tables. Contributions from these major vendors and other companies fully outfitted the rooms with the latest equipment. In addition, a donation by the Cleary family and the Cleary-Kumm Foundation covered construction costs for the training space on the lower level of the ICE House.

It is important to note the ICE House is much more than a surgical training center. All of the space is very flexible, allowing it to be used for other medical training, for school groups and more.

Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System delivers great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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