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Exterior of Gundersen's integrated center for education.

Integrated Center for Education (ICE House)

What once housed ice for the Gund Brewery is now Gundersen's ICE House, a world-class education and simulation center. Inside these walls, our patient care teams hone their skills on life-like simulators while the next generation of care professionals visit to learn and grow. Our flexible space is also open to the public to rent for your next event, conference or meeting.


Hours & address

Integrated Center for Education (ICE House)
1827 Sims Place, La Crosse, WI 54601

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By appointment
Mon–Fri: 8:00 am–5:00 pm
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State-of-the-art medical education training

Used as an icehouse for the Gund Brewery in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the building has transformed into a technologically advanced center for training and education that has enhanced Gundersen’s reputation as a national leader in healthcare. 

The ICE House provides simulation resources and shares best practices in healthcare education through a safe, interactive patient care environment for learners of all education levels. The lower-level Simulation Lab houses the Cleary-Kumm Simulation and Training Lab with a Mock Operating Room and a Skills Lab and the Ernest Micek Family Robotic Simulation Lab, where providers sharpen their skills through technology and practice. Our venue features 4 simulated patient exam rooms and an education space for 240 learners who can learn from patient simulation, standardized patient scenarios and specialized skills training.  

Artist rendering of gund brewery campus.
Doctors training in mock operating room.

Modern meeting venue for rent

We welcome your business, organization or school group into our modern space that can seat up to 240 for your event, conference, seminar or meeting in La Crosse, Wis. The 4th Floor Education Center offers audio and video plus:  

  • 22 round tables with seating for 8 and 8-foot tables for food with tablecloths 
  • Elevator and an accessible ramp to the presenter stage  
  • Kitchen with microwave, coffee pots, water pitchers and an ice machine 
  • The option for you to bring in catering, if the food doesn’t require an open flame 
  • Convenient parking 
Education center in ICE house on Gundersen's La Crosse campus.
Stage area of ice house education center.

Training and certification courses for medical professionals and students:

Certification courses

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 
  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) 
  • Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) 
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) 
  • Basic Life Support in Obstetrics (BLSO) 
  • Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC) 
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) 
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 
  • Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) 

EMS education

EMS Education is available to emergency services personnel in La Crosse and surrounding communities.  

Health Science Academy (HSA)

The La Crosse Health Science Academy is a 2-year program for high school juniors and seniors who intend to pursue education and careers in the health science industry. The program provides thematic instruction, career exploration, job shadows, clinical experience, health science labs, mentoring by health professionals, research, certification and internships. Visit the La Crosse School District to apply or learn more. 

Operating room observations

Watch livestream surgeries that allow 2-way communication between surgeons and observers. Email [email protected] to learn more.

Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC)

SRAHEC provides resources for continuing education, statewide collaboration, and program sites resulting in a well-trained and a culturally competent healthcare workforce. Visit or call (608) 305-4704 to learn more. 

Tour inside


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Mon, Jan 22 2024
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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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