Skip to main content
Get Care MyChart Find a Provider Find a Location

Lighting, solar projects aim to improve the health of our communities

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Earth Day Gundersen Envision April 2021

After becoming the first known healthcare system to offset 100% of its fossil fuel use with locally produced energy, Gundersen Health System decided to expand its efforts systemwide and improve the energy resiliency and autonomy of as many of its clinics and hospitals as possible.

"We're trying to get all of our sites to use 50% or less energy than the national median for a comparable site," said Tim Wilson, manager of Facility Operations.

Thanks to a variety of projects that have quietly continued throughout the pandemic, it's a goal Gundersen is inching closer to in 2021.


Fluorescent light bulbs have been replaced with light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs in about 2,100 fixtures at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics and 1,200 fixtures at Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics. The switch comes with many benefits, such as:

  • Improved energy efficiency, which will translate into cost savings of about $47,000 per year at Palmer and $25,000 at Boscobel
  • Less harmful waste, since LED bulbs don't contain mercury and other chemicals that can damage the environment once they're thrown away
  • A brighter, more welcoming facility for staff and patients

Other similar lighting projects have been completed or will be later this year at the West Salem Warehouse, Gundersen La Crescent Clinic and Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic.


Seven new solar projects also will increase Gundersen's solar portfolio, bumping its solar generation capacity from 1.5 megawatts to 3.6. The additional generation will save Gundersen around $275,000 per year.

Locations being outfitted with either a ground or rooftop system include:

  • Decorah
  • Hillsboro
  • La Crescent
  • La Crosse (Logistics Building, Blue Parking Ramp)
  • Tomah
  • West Salem

Regardless of the specific project, together they reflect Gundersen's commitment to enriching every life.

"I think it's great that we're making progress on our goals and having a positive impact on the environment," Wilson said. "These projects have a direct effect on our Triple Aim, which includes to improve the health or our communities and ease the financial burden of healthcare."


Who we are

Students explore the healthcare field through Gundersen St. Joseph's 'Club Scrub'

May 31, 2024

Eighth-grade students from around the hospital’s service area were gathered to learn about – and participate in – the various jobs that make a healthcare facility like St. Joseph’s hum.

Eight graduates complete Project SEARCH internships

May 29, 2024

On May 24, eight students representing five Coulee Region schools were celebrated for their hard work and accomplishments at the 2024 Project SEARCH graduation ceremony at Gundersen Health System.

Novy honored with Rural Health Ambassador Award 

May 28, 2024

Cameron Novy, community wellness coordinator at Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics, was awarded the 2024 Rural Health Ambassador Award from the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative.
Who we are

Moundview mentors friends, role models to Adams-Friendship students

May 23, 2024

Gundersen Moundview staff mentor students weekly, visiting to talk, play games and get to know one another.

1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

Language Support:
Jump back to top