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Gundersen Partners

Enhancing Care Through Service and Giving

Established in 1950, Gundersen Partners aims to build relationships with patients and community members through active engagement and response to community needs of enhanced healthcare. Gundersen Partners differs from Volunteer Services through required membership, service and scholarship.

Vision Statement

Gundersen Partners will build an organization that draws upon the talents of its membership to support Gundersen Health System patients, families and staff. We will be ambassadors to the community by discovering and building relationships to connect community needs to Gundersen Partners service and fundraising.

Mission Statement

Gundersen Partners serves as a group of caring committed individuals dedicated to enhancing patient and family care, healthcare education and community well-being through service and fundraising.

Gundersen Partners Sponsored Areas of Service and Fundraising


Gundersen Partners is affiliated with:

  • Partners of Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA)
  • Partners of WHA Western District
  • Healthy Families Collaborative
  • Partners for Reading

Volunteer Service

Gundersen Partners members who wish to volunteer in service programs need to schedule a pre-interview and participate in the orientation process with Volunteer Services.


Gundersen Partners is proud to sponsor several important events such as:


Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. If the meeting day falls on the date of the WHA Annual Convention or District meeting, the Board meeting will be scheduled for another day.

2018 Board Members

2018 board members

Seated L to R: Joan Brueggeman, Peggy Miller, Marilyn McElligott (past President), Jane Rada.

Standing L to R: Maria Runde (past President), Sue Bugge, Linda Arentz (Co-Treasurer), Linda Gillette (President), Lori Van Lin, (Director, Volunteer Services), Eileen Wiltinger, Kathy Lucey (past President), Debbie Veglahn (Co-Treasurer), Mary Jo Klos (past President), Sheila Erickson (Partners Office Assistant), Bonnie Hicks, Sally Miner (Secretary).

Not Pictured: Kathy Koehne, Michael McKee, Brian Vamstad


Membership is open to adults who support the purpose of Gundersen Partners and pay annual dues. Annual dues are $10. Calendar year is Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.

Honorary members are recognized for outstanding service. They receive all benefits of membership but pay no dues. This honor is extended to ten living members. Names are submitted to the membership by a nominating committee.

Meetings are scheduled by the Board. A joint luncheon is held in spring with Franciscan Skemp Auxiliary.

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Gundersen Partners offers annual scholarships to children of Gundersen employees who are pursuing a career in a healthcare-related field. Scholarships for 2019 have been awarded. Application information for 2020 scholarships will be available on this site at the end of January 2020.

If you have any questions about membership or scholarships and the application process, please contact Gundersen Partners directly at (608) 775-3602 or email

Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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