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Gundersen Medical Foundation 2018 Year in Review

Where generosity changes lives

This report highlights each aspect of Gundersen Medical Foundation's mission. Here we share examples to illustrate and celebrate the important work you've helped us accomplish. To all who have generously supported Gundersen Medical Foundation in our efforts, thank you!

Philanthropy Office

  • $5.2 million in gift revenue
  • 22% Gundersen employee participation in first iGive campaign
  • Record-breaking year-end campaign raised $580,000+
  • Gretchen and Bob Burns honored with Founders Award for lay leadership
  • Legacy Society grew by 6 members

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

  • 574 grants given to children and families in need
  • 6,057 individuals were helped
  • $1,080,700 used to help kids in our communities providing equipment such as:
    • Infant and pediatric training simulators
    • Jet ventilator and high frequency oscillatory ventilator
  • CMN Hospitals 2018-2019 Heroes helped raise funds and awareness—thank you Maddy Frank, Lane Cade, Lyla Alameida, Jude Schnipper and Dawson Schultz
  • Radiothon brought in more than $140,000

Fund Distribution

  • $1.6 million awarded to Gundersen Health System departments for equipment, education, programs and services
  • $1,165,500 million from donor-restricted funds used for medical education, research, Global Partners and Resolve Through Sharing programs
  • $45,000 helped equip Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance with three state-of-the-art CPR devices
  • $3,000 funded Dig DEEP (Diet and Exercise to Ease Pain) pilot program that focuses on lifestyle changes to help people manage pain
  • $22,000 awarded to 25 Gundersen employees through Employees Helping Employees Emergency fund in its first 9 months
  • Carilee Fund distributed $36,547 to help 147 survivors of domestic and sexual violence

Resolve Through Sharing

  • Lead educator Marie Walter won Nursing Excellence of the Year Award
  • Resolve Through Sharing leaders earned Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing
  • Nearly 1,600 people received education through 17 training events
  • Released 3 new bereavement training modules

Global Partners

  • Mentors tallied more than 1,300 hours working with 46 students at Hamilton Elementary School
  • Established physical therapy clinic at Wanblee Clinic at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota where 50 patients received treatment for chronic pain and orthopedic issues
  • 4 nurses and 350 nursing students received training in cervical cancer screening, danger signs in newborns, suturing and fracture management
  • Repaired 30 pieces of equipment including sterilizers, sewing machines, baby monitors and a temperature probe at Project Mercy Hospital in Ethiopia

Grants Office

  • $2.15 million in grants received for 30 proposals
  • $100,000 from the State of Wisconsin used for education on Abusive Head Trauma Prevention
  • $50,000 awarded from Rock River Cancer Research Foundation for breast cancer research

Medical Research Office

  • 310 patients received Next Generation Sequencing through STRATA Oncology
  • Clinical Research team nearing 150-patient enrollment in the Active Spacer study with Viroqua Orthopedics—the first collaboration with a regional department
  • Andrew Prather, MD, Center for Breast Care, authored a clinical trial for cancer screening in women with dense breasts, and we enrolled 52 patients on this study
  • Microbiology Research Lab secured 2 new provisional Lyme Disease-related patents

Medical Education Office

  • Trained 68 graduate nursing students, a 22% increase over 2017
  • First 2 post-doctoral psychology fellows started in September
  • Added a new Traumatic Brain Injury Optometry residency
  • 93 residents and fellows for 2018-19 academic year marked an all-time high
  • Conducted first cultural education series with 1,300 attendees

To learn more about Gundersen Medical Foundation or how you can make a difference by supporting our mission, please call the Foundation office at (608) 775-6600 or visit

Grateful patient
Decorah man grateful for what he has despite losing finger

June 01, 2023

Kent Klocke works with his hands, so the contractor from Decorah is used to the occasional cuts and bruises. That’s why, when he cut his left ring finger one Tuesday
Movin’ & More with Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics

May 31, 2023

On Tuesday and Thursday, the Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics’ Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department is buzzing with activity as residents engage in the popular Movin’ & More program.  
Grateful patient
Man thankful for care team following life-altering accident

May 24, 2023

Neil “Moose” Kinder remembers grabbing his cellphone to answer his wife’s call shortly after colliding with three trees along a rural stretch of road near Merrillan, Wis.
Project SEARCH students celebrate graduation and new jobs

May 24, 2023

On May 25, seven interns graduated from a program called Project SEARCH – and all seven have job offers. In her six years as a Project SEARCH instructor, this is

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