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About Us

Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics is a progressive rural medical center in Trempealeau County in beautiful west-central Wisconsin.

We serve patients in three primary care clinics, a 24-bed critical-access hospital and in an Urgent Care and Emergency Department. We offer a choice of long-term-care options, including a traditional Care Center, shorter-term Transitions Center and nearby Senior Living complex.

Gundersen Tri-County offers a full range of rehabilitation services including physical, occupational, cardiac, speech-language and respiratory therapies. We also are a community health leader, offering health and wellness outreach services in our communities.

As part of the three-state Gundersen Health System, Gundersen Tri-County partners with outreach physicians and specialists to provide advanced diagnosis, treatment and recovery locally. Those include general and specialized surgeries; cardiology; oncology; OB/GYN; sleep studies; and more.

Our Whitehall Campus is halfway between La Crosse and Eau Claire, Wis, and we are two hours from the Twin Cities, three hours from Madison, Wis., and five hours from Chicago, Ill.

Administration & Leadership

Administration

  • Joni Olson - Chief Executive Officer
  • Lana Pientok, RN - Executive Director, Patient Care Services
  • Wanda Peters, RN - Executive Director, Clinical Services
  • Roxane Schleich - Chief Financial Officer 
  • Kim Breidenbach, MD- Medical Director

Managers

  • Shirley Melby - Activities Director
  • Mary Myskewitz - Ambulance Services 
  • Todd Reismann - Environmental Services 
  • Dawn Vold - Heath Information Management and Patient Business Services 
  • Cheryl Marsolek, RN - Nursing: Long-Term Care Director of Nursing
  • Margaret Ebner - Human Resources Manager 
  • Kris Benusa, RD - Nutrition Services Director
  • Susan Zimmerman - Marketing
  • Dana Halderson - Rehabilitation Services 
  • Jill Berg - Executive Administrative Assistant
  • Deb Slaby - Arcadia Ambulance Services
  • Janet Skroch - Reception 
  • Kate Cain - Pharmacy 
  • Darcy Goplin - Lab Director
  • Adam Walbrun - Radiology Director
  • Kayla Ewer - Quality Improvement 
  • Peter Weidenheim - Compliance Director
  • Stephanie Kopp - Education Coordinator
  • John Waldera - Information Systems
  • Dan Klidzejs - Accounting 
  • Dawn Waldera, RN - Utilization Review Director
  • Beth Rohde - Social Services
  • Stacy Sokup - Billing
  • Denise Doeer, Employee Health/Infection Control

Board of Directors

Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors made up of local community members and health-system representatives.

The directors are elected to their positions, and are responsible for setting the broad policies, objectives and strategies for the Hospital, Clinics and Long-Term-Care options. The Board of Directors meets monthly in Whitehall.

Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics is your local and community owned Hospital. We encourage your participation, and you are welcome to speak to any of our directors. We want to know your ideas, your concerns and your criticisms about community healthcare and our role in improving the overall health of the communities we serve.

If you would like to consider being a member of our Board of Directors, please contact interim chief executive officer Frank Perez-Guerra at (608) 775-3938.

Members of our Board of Directors

  • Kathy Klock, Gundersen Health System
  • Beth Lisowski, Whitehall
  • Kimberly Breidenbach, MD, Gundersen Health System
  • Bryan Erdmann, Gundersen Health System
  • Paul Fisch, Gundersen Health System
  • Marilu Bintz, Gundersen Health System
  • Chuck Gauger, Whitehall
  • Dennis Stephenson, Blair
  • Jeff Johnston, Pigeon Falls
  • Jean Krause, Gundersen Health System
  • Ron Guza, Independence
  • Beth Smith-Houskamp, Gundersen Health System

CEO, Joni Olson, serves at the behest of the Board of Directors, providing strategic and operational information as requested.

History

Our Century of Care

Doctor N.S. Simons and Dr. E.A. MacCornack were the Whitehall Community Hospital's first doctors. Dr. Simons purchased a local doctor's practice in 1914 and invited Dr. MacCornack to move to Whitehall from Keokuk, Iowa. The pair did surgery in the Parker House, a residence on Whitehall's Dewey Street and even did surgery at patients' homes before the hospital was built.

The original Whitehall Community Hospital was built in 1917 for $10,000. The hospital could hold 16 patients. A $20,000 addition in 1924 made space for a total of 35 beds.

The same year the hospital was built, Dr. MacCornack's wife established a nurses' training school. It operated until 1931 in conjunction with the hospital and graduated 52 nurses, several of whom returned for the February 1965 opening of Tri-County Memorial.

In 1961, State of Wisconsin officials urged Whitehall Community Hospital officials consider building a new, more-modern facility. A 1962 fund drive netted an eventual $250,000 and ground was broken in July 1963. It was completed in early 1965, and renamed Tri-County Memorial Hospital.

Tri-County Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home in Whitehall entered the third phase of its history in 1998 as the community celebrated a $5.5 million building and renovation project that year.

That project came more than three decades after the 1963-65 construction. The "Renewed Beginning" theme for the 1998 open house focused on how the mid-1990s project made Tri-County a better healthcare facility yet one that still embraced its heritage. Key improvements included:

  • New Rehabilitation Services department
  • New Hospital lobby
  • Nursing Home all located on the third floor
  • New Emergency Department with Urgent Care
  • An expanded Laboratory
  • Expanded Imaging Services department

Tri-County began its $500,000 "Building For The Future" building campaign in the fall of 1993 after then-CEO Ronald Fields, department managers and employees evaluated their space needs and realized they needed a larger Laboratory, Emergency Room and Rehab Services, among other areas. Staff also knew that having the nursing home on the second and third floors wasn't conducive to the best-possible care.

Nearly 700 area residents, Tri-County employees, former patients and friends pledged more than $550,000 to the building campaign. Nearly 95 percent of Tri-County employees also pledged to make their facility better; their pledges alone tallied about $80,000.

Construction began in the early fall of 1995. R.J. Jurowski Construction, Inc., of Whitehall was the general contractor. The work progressed in two phases: First was new construction of the third-floor nursing home; Emergency Room; Laboratory; and Rehab Services. As those departments vacated their former spaces, builders began the second phase of renovating the rest of the building. The projected added 28,715 square feet of new construction. More than 29,800 square feet of existing space was remodeled.

As our century mark appears on the horizon, Tri-County has taken another significant step forward as it strengthens its affiliation with the Gundersen Health System and becomes Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics. We now are a comprehensive rural healthcare network serving Trempealeau County, eastern Buffalo County and western Jackson County.

Love + Medicine

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

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