Primary Care

When you or a member of your family needs help either getting well or staying well, it's nice to know a Gundersen primary care provider is nearby.

We can help with routine exams, immunizations, diagnosing and managing diseases and working with you to prevent illness and keep you as healthy as possible. If something serious comes up, we'll work with a wide range of Gundersen specialists to help you get the care you need. And many of those specialists regularly visit our regional clinics, bringing care as close to home as possible for you and your family.

Gundersen Health System is a world-class organization, consistently named among the top one percent in the nation.

Confused about primary care?

What does that really mean? It's routine healthcare provided by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant who specializes in taking care of your overall health and well-being. They see you for routine checkups, immunizations, and preventive care to keep you as healthy as possible. And they work with other Gundersen specialists when necessary, to manage more complicated health issues in a seamless electronic system that integrates your records, diagnostic tests and care in partnership with you.

Primary care, at Gundersen, is provided by Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Many Gundersen primary care locations have achieved national recognition status as a Patient-centered Medical Home.

Family Medicine

Our Family Medicine physicians and associate staff work as a team to partner with you, ensuring you get high quality care that is sensitive to your needs.

Our Family Medicine team can provide the vast majority of healthcare for your whole family, but they also work closely with Gundersen medical specialists when needed.

Family Medicine services include:

  • Routine care for babies, children and adults
  • School and sports physicals
  • Diagnosis and treatment of illnesses
  • Chronic disease management, such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure
  • Pregnancy care and delivery (services vary by clinician)
  • Preventive care to keep you as healthy as possible

Internal Medicine

Gundersen Health System's General Internal Medicine physicians offer comprehensive diagnostic and primary care services for patients over 18 years of age. Making an appointment with an Internal Medicine physician is generally the first contact for patients new to Gundersen.

Internal medicine physicians are experts at treating patients with complex medical problems. They also provide a complete range of general internal medical care, including the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, gynecological care, urgent care and minor procedures.

Internal Medicine services offered include:

  • Physical exams
  • Gynecological care, including Pap smears and family planning
  • Cancer prevention and screening
  • Healthy lifestyle management including smoking cessation, heart disease prevention, weight management and osteoporosis prevention
  • Mild injury care (sprains, strains, cuts and bruises)
  • Management of complex, ongoing disorders such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis and diabetes
  • Acute care
  • Referrals to specialists for further diagnosis and/or treatment


Parents want the best healthcare for their children whether it's treatment for common illnesses or care for more complex diseases and conditions. That's why Gundersen Health System has pediatric specialists who are specially trained to work with children and provide a variety of services that are often only found in larger cities.

General Pediatrics at Gundersen offers many preventive care services including well-child visits, immunizations and physicals. They also provide care for acute illnesses and chronic health conditions. If your child needs more specialized care, they can refer you to the Gundersen Pediatric Specialty that can provide the best care, resources and support.

In addition to family medicine providers that care for children at all of our medical clinics, we also have pediatricians in La Crosse, Onalaska and Tomah.

Gundersen Health System is a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. CMN Hospitals exists to assist families with funding and support during a child's sickness or treatment.

Family Medicine, in La Crosse and Onalaska, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics are departments of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

Love + Medicine

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

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