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Our region is in its greatest fight against coronavirus. We are seeing increased infections, hospitalizations and deaths in our communities. Our staff are strained. Our testing sites have longer lines and higher positivity rates.

We were able to flatten the curve and avoid tragedy last spring and summer with your help. By masking, distancing, and hand washing, we protected each other, limited the spread of the virus, and saved lives.

For a variety of reasons, we lost ground. To keep our friends and families healthy and ease the strain on our hospitals, we must rededicate ourselves to following established, proven safety measures. We have done it before. We can do it again.

While it is encouraging to see many of our neighbors and businesses adhering to the safety guidelines, it is greatly disappointing to see those who are not.

Local health systems remain open and safe for care of all types, but the rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations threaten our ability to care for you.

If everyone DOES NOT avoid large gatherings in the community, wear a mask, keep distance from others, wash hands, and stay home when ill, we risk:

  • Postponing or cancelling surgeries, procedures and appointments
  • Running out of beds to care for people who need immediate Hospital care
  • Not having enough staff to provide care to patients, COVID and non-COVID
  • Preventable deaths in our communities

This has been a long and hard several months. We know the end is not yet in sight. We know you are tired and want to resume a normal life. We are tired, too.

Now is not the time to let our guard down and suffer the fate of so many other communities across the state and nation. We have shown that we care enough about each other to work together to defeat this pandemic.

Your actions make a difference. Together, we will succeed.

Scott Rathgaber, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Gundersen Health System

Paul Mueller, MD
Regional Vice President
Mayo Clinic Health System

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Moundview mentors friends, role models to Adams-Friendship students

May 23, 2024

Gundersen Moundview staff have been mentoring students at Adams-Friendship Elementary School for five years. One day a week, they visit their student to talk, play games and get to know

Gundersen Boscobel honors nurse with DAISY Award

May 17, 2024

Gio Aguilar, RN, a nurse in the Gundersen Boscobel Hospital’s Medical-Surgical department, was recently selected as the organization’s 2024 DAISY Award recipient.

Don’t wait to take care of that pesky bunion

May 17, 2024

Julie recalls years of walking, taking the stairs and keeping up with kids at school and at the Boscobel pool. However, as her bunion grew, so did her end-of-day foot

Emplify Health invests in local care, acquires Mondovi clinic

May 16, 2024

Emplify Health has acquired the clinic in Mondovi from HSHS/Prevea Health and expects to open for patient care in the coming months.

1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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