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World-class care, close to home

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In 1898, the Sisters of Sorrowful Mother opened our community’s first hospital in the Milligan home. It was their unwavering commitment to rural healthcare that set the foundation for world-class healthcare in southeast Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Today, Gundersen St. Elizabeth’s brings primary, specialty and emergency care to our neighbors of all ages. Our 25-bed critical access hospital in Wabasha also houses a pharmacy, 100 skilled nursing home beds, 46 assisted living apartments and a broad continuum of prevention, wellness, aging and outreach services.

Our foundation

The St. Elizabeth's Community Development Foundation supports the programs and services of our hospital and clinics. Your support enables us to invest in cutting-edge medical technology, grow our services and improve our facilities. Our partnership with you—our donors—ensures our long-term sustainability as a trusted neighbor and healthcare provider. 100% of your donations stay local to help maintain the quality and care you deserve.

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From our administrator  

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Greetings from Gundersen St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and Clinics. We are a community of committed and compassionate caregivers eager to partner with you to maximize your health and well-being.  

Since 1898, our mission to meet community needs and ensure local access to a broad scope of healthcare services has been our purpose, our privilege, our passion. Bolstered by generous and unwavering community support and collaboration, our team of devoted professionals specializes in caring for the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. Our dedication to cultivating trusting and personalized relationships with every patient and resident we serve is at the heart of delivering superior care close to home.

Gundersen St. Elizabeth’s longevity as a rural healthcare leader in southeast Minnesota and western Wisconsin is evidence of our relentless dedication to advancing and strengthening community health. 

Take care,

Jim Root, administrator 

Our leaders

  • Jim Root, administrator  
  • Tracy Henn, director of business operations
  • Kurt Henn, director of outpatient operations  
  • John Wolfe, finance administrator
  • Kim Wolter, director of outpatient operations
  • Kristi Petersen, director of senior services 
St. Elizabeth’s auxiliary

In 1962, more than 30 women banded together to form an auxiliary to support the mission and values of our hospital and clinics through financial gifts and volunteer service.

We’ve grown our auxiliary to more than 100 community members partnering with Gundersen St. Elizabeth’s to support the programs and services in our hospital, clinics, care centers and assisted living. We invite you to join us.  

The auxiliary meets on the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 am in the Sister Gerina Room at our hospital. The annual fee for membership is $5.

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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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