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the La Crosse hospice team

Meet our Hospice team

Hospice is a team of dedicated professionals who provide care for you and the people who care for you. We support and treat you as a whole person (mind, body and spirit). We focus on your needs and the needs of your family. Our goal is to help you feel fulfilled and dignified. 

"The Hospice team was the most kind, caring, compassionate group of professionals. Our family couldn’t have gone through this process without the amazing staff and support. We will forever remember the team that helped us with our grandfather."

The hospice medical director provides oversight and guidance in your care and to the team. They also:

  • Work with your primary provider as an extra support for ongoing medical care
  • Make home visits 
  • Oversee the coordination of your care with the hospice team

Hospice nurses assists with all aspects of your care. They:

  • Provide comfort and symptom management
  • Review and help manage your medications
  • Work with facilities, such as a nursing home, to develop your plan of care

Hospice nurse aides assist you, your family and nurses in these ways:

  • Help with bathing, personal cares and exercises
  • Follows the care plan written for you
  • Perform light housekeeping

Medical social workers assesses family needs and dynamics. They also:

  • Serve as a resource for you and your family
  • Address financial and psychosocial issues
  • Provide information for patient/family decisions
  • Explore other living arrangement options, as needed

Chaplains attend to your spiritual needs. Whether or not you profess a certain faith, chaplains can:

  • Make sure you, your family and those close to you get the support needed
  • Help with life-review and memory-making activities
  • Work with your clergy, spiritual or other faith leader as you desire

Hospice volunteers are a valuable non-medical member of the hospice team. While they cannot provide transportation, they can:

  • Run errands
  • Assist with meals
  • Provide respite for caregivers who need a break
  • Assist with life review
  • Provide companionship

Physical, occupational and speech therapists promote safety, comfort and communication. They help patients be as independent as they can. They teach caregivers and family members how to:

  • Perform safe transfers and aid patients moving around at home.
  • Assist with daily exercises.
  • Help control pain with positioning, equipment and other methods.

Bereavement coordinators offer: 

  • Grief support to families and care facility staff if needed
  • Education to families
  • Resources to grieving families and friends
  • Support for 13 months after the patient dies or for a period based on needs of the bereaved

"I feel blessed to be a part of a team that gives themselves to their work, that respects their patients and families, and that above all, honors life."


"Our staff takes the time to know our patients, gathering an understanding of what is most important to them, and then seeks ways to provide or address it."

Love + Medicine

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

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