There is no panel matching the key "Alert"
There is no panel matching the key "MicroAlert"

Gundersen Partners

Enhancing Care Through Service and Giving

Gundersen Partners is a members-based group that provides support to Gundersen Health System through service and fundraising. Partners is dedicated to enhancing patient and family care, healthcare education and community well-being.

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.


If you want to give back to the community and be a part of enriching the lives of patients at Gundersen Health System, being a Partners member will help you do just that. Annual dues are $10.

As a member, you will be invited to Partners annual meeting in December and a members' social each spring.

Honorary members are recognized for outstanding service. They receive all benefits of membership but pay no dues. Ten members are chosen annually.

Get a membership application

Sponsored Activities and Events

View a list of activities and events sponsored by Partners.


Valentine's Day Carnation Sale
Assorted tissue wrapped carnations are available with the options to pre-order for delivery or pick up on Valentine's day. Available at Gundersen's La Crosse and Onalaska Campuses. Proceeds benefit Partners Teen Volunteer Merit Award program.

$6 Sale
The $6 Sale features jewelry and other merchandise. Come check out all of the fabulous items vendors have to offer at a low price! Available at Gundersen's La Crosse Hospital and the Onalaska Campus. Proceeds benefit Partners charitable works.

Simply Sweet Candy Sale
Don't miss the Simply Sweet Candy Sale featuring unique homemade candies from The Candy Outlet in Jackson Plaza, La Crosse. You'll find great deals on domestic and imported confectioneries as well as sugar-free items and other tasty treats. Available at Gundersen's La Crosse Hospital. Proceeds benefit Partners charitable works.

Love Lights Sale
Every holiday season Partners invites you to honor, thank or remember someone special through the purchase of a Love Light. Love Lights purchased adorn a tree in the La Crosse Hospital to symbolize your recognition of those important people in your life.

Names of those honored, thanked and remembered are recorded in a book by the tree. Upon request, acknowledgement cards can be sent to the person being honored or to the family of a loved one. Proceeds benefit Partners charitable works.

Gift Shop

Purchase a gift that gives twice! Located on the La Crosse Campus, the Gift Shop is a fundraising hub for Partners. Proceeds from sales are dedicated to enriching patient and family care at Gundersen Health System. Visit the Gift Shop website for hours, merchandise and services available, and contact information.

Employees Children's Scholarships

Gundersen Partners offers annual scholarships to children of Gundersen employees who are pursuing a career in a healthcare-related field. Applications will be available on this site on Jan. 31 for the fall semester. Application deadline is by 4 p.m. on the third Monday in June. For more information about scholarships and the application process, please contact Gundersen Partners at (608) 775-3602 or email

Scholarship FAQs

Board of Directors

Board members are responsible for setting strategic direction and policy for Gundersen Partners. The Board is made up of community members who volunteer their time to support the organization's mission. 

Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. New board members are installed at the annual membership meeting in December.

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

Volunteer Service

Looking for more opportunities to become involved? Contact Volunteer Services to see how you can provide service to patients, families and staff in a wide variety of areas.


Love + Medicine

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

Share Your Story