When you choose Gundersen Health System, you’re joining the region’s leading provider of world-class healthcare and a hidden gem in the Upper Midwest—La Crosse, Wis.
With just more than 50,000 residents, La Crosse combines the perks of small-town living with the draws of a larger metropolis. Think friendly, quiet neighborhoods tucked a few minutes away from La Crosse's city center: historic downtown. There, just steps from the majestic Mississippi River, you'll find ever-expanding options for unique shops, spirited entertainment, craft breweries and restaurants, including Mexican, French, Creole, Irish and more. All without hours-long traffic jams, smog alerts and other urban annoyances.
Ask any of our community members what makes La Crosse so special, and there's one thing guaranteed to grace every list: the natural playground that comprises the Mississippi River Valley. From rolling bluffs to winding rivers, the landscape sets the stage for an outdoor enthusiast's dream. During the spring, summer and fall, you’ll see people of all ages exploring the great outdoors—from hiking and cycling to paddle-boarding and fishing. The adventures don't stop when the snow flies either. Popular activities include skiing, snow shoeing, sledding, ice fishing and more.
The La Crosse community is proud to offer some of the most loved arts and entertainment events in the Midwest.
- Theater: We’re home to Pump House Regional Arts Center, the La Crosse Center and the Weber Center for the Performing Arts—premiere venues in the Coulee Region for visual and performing arts. Likewise, there are countless opportunities for arts and theater at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.
- Music: Whether you prefer an acoustic set in the lounge of a historic hotel or to be captivated by a symphony, La Crosse is bursting with chances to listen to live music. If you're looking for something a little more unique, such as the unmistakable notes of Irish folk music, we've got that covered, too. Speaking of which…
- Festivals: While you may have heard about La Crosse's Oktoberfest—one of the longest-running and top-ranked in the U.S.—the area also houses a variety of other festivals that celebrate the region and many of its residents' heritage. Irishfest, Riverfest, Kornfest, June Dairy Days, Rotary Lights and more all take place throughout the year.
Major corporations, scrappy start-ups and leading universities call La Crosse home, making the city attractive for a spouse or partner who may be looking for a new career or networking opportunities. Your family will have so much space to play; plus, your children will have access to outstanding school systems. The city is home to public and private institutions, including Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist and non-denominational Christian schools in the area.
Take advantage of the environmentally friendly and affordable options for your commute. Our La Crosse campus is designated a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists. As a member of the Gundersen team, you’ll have access to discounted bus passes from the La Crosse Municipal Transit and, through our partnership with Drift Cycle, you’ll get 50% off bicycle memberships and rides.