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Gundersen Health System provides hospice care for adults and pediatric end-of-life care. So often we hear, "I wish we had known about hospice sooner." Through Hospice services, we bring high quality care into the very place each patient feels most comfortable and secure: their home.

The hospice program is for patients who have had a physician certify a life expectancy of six months or less and who are no longer undergoing active treatment. Hospice care is available to people with cancer, advanced Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS and other life-limiting illnesses.

Many symptoms are controlled so they do not become severe and symptoms that might otherwise require hospitalization can be managed in the patient’s home. The patient’s and family’s quality of life can be greatly enhanced by early hospice intervention.

While primarily serving patients in their homes, Hospice is also available in nursing homes, community-based residential facilities and assisted-living facilities. There’s no limit to the amount of hospice care a person can receive; it’s available as long as a doctor believes a patient is eligible.

Certification and service area

The Gundersen Hospice program is Wisconsin and Minnesota state-licensed and Medicare/Medicaid certified. Medicare/Medicaid or private insurance services cover these services in most cases and the hospice team can assist with financial arrangements. No one will be refused services because of an inability to pay.

Hospice serves the following counties:


  • Jackson
  • La Crosse
  • Monroe
  • Trempealeau
  • Vernon


  • Fillmore
  • Houston
  • Winona

Hospice provides a team of dedicated professionals to help caregivers. A hospice care team provides high-quality, compassionate care and is made up of medical directors, doctors, nurses, counselors, dietitians, spiritual care providers, social workers and trained volunteers.

Memorial Gifts

Hospice accepts memorial gifts. Funds are used for program development, education related to hospice and palliative care and to provide equipment and services not covered by insurance for patients and families.

For more information or to arrange making a donation, contact us at (608) 775-6600.

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