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Kerckhove Mental Health and Social Services Fund

The Kerckhove Mental Health and Social Services Fund was created in 2017 in response to a growing number of requests for financial help from Gundersen Behavioral Health, Center for Violence Prevention and Intervention, and Social Services. The funding was needed for:

  • Gas cards to reduce the travel barrier to care
  • Emergency funds for medicine
  • Patient and staff education materials
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) treatment programming
  • Patient support groups and more

Why the growing need?

One in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness. Despite a growing need, as of 2016, Gundersen is the only healthcare organization in the La Crosse area to offer inpatient behavioral health services. This has put increase pressure on our Behavioral Health, Social Services and Center for Violence Prevention and Interventions programs to try to meet the complex needs of patients in both inpatient and outpatient mental health care. In addition, insurance doesn't cover the cost of many of these programs or other related expenses.

At Gundersen, patients experience a multi-disciplinary approach for comprehensive, compassionate and confidential mental health treatment. We recognize healing comes from treating the whole person. Our goal is to create supportive systems of care for lasting success and reduce the stigma of mental illness.

Without support from generous and compassionate donors who understand the cost of mental illness—not just to patients, but to the community—we would not be able to provide patients with the highest level of care they deserve.

How you can donate

Donations of any size can help and there are many ways to give:

  • Donate online and designate it to the Kerckhove Fund.
  • Mail your donation to: Gundersen Medical Foundation, 1836 South Ave., La Crosse, WI 54601. Make checks payable to Gundersen Medical Foundation and indicate Kerckhove Fund in the check memo.
  • Call the Foundation at (608) 775-6600 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 56600.
  • Sponsor a fundraiser.
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