Gundersen Health System Company History Timeline

1891
The exception was Adolf Gundersen, whose European training quickly placed him as the city's premiere physician, when he began his La Crosse practice in 1891.
1902
Before Lutheran Hospital opened in 1902, many of the early operations were performed in patients' homes.
1911
The first hospital in Hillsboro was established in 1911 by P. H. Hansberry, MD, in the Novy building located in downtown Hillsboro.
1916
The roots of Gundersen Tweeten Care Center started in 1916 when the Spring Grove Hospital was built.
1925
Additions were made to the Hansberry Hospital in 1925, including a new operating room, several patient rooms and an administration office.
1944
Admittedly, there were some tax benefits when three physician sons of Gundersen Clinic founder Adolf Gundersen, MD, created Gundersen Medical Foundation in 1944 as a tribute to their parents it is now known as Gundersen Medical Foundation .
1946
Further expansion took place in 1946 with even more patient rooms added, along with a new office and reception hall.
1950
In 1950, an advisory committee, chaired by John Cesnik, was formed to promote construction of a new hospital.
1951
In 1951, the federal government approved the project to build a new hospital and granted 125,000.
1953
Construction of the new St Joseph's Memorial Hospital was complete in 1953, and the hospital was formally dedicated on March 19, St Joseph's Day.
1960
In early 1960, the Tweetens returned to Spring Grove with the idea that a new hospital would be built.
1961
National attention came to Lutheran Hospital in 1961 when every patient and every staff member was evacuated safely after a three-alarm fire broke out on the first floor.
1962
Construction of the new facility began in 1962 and included a 20-bed hospital and a 31-bed nursing home.
1967
In the fall of 1967, a wing was added to the hospital which brought the license capacity to 38 beds.
1971
The organization continued with expansion in 1971 when 44 beds were added to the nursing home.
1972
In the fall of 1972, an addition to the nursing home was completed, which included a large multi-purpose solarium, craft room, beauty shop, chapel and brought the license capacity to 47 beds.
1976
In April of 1976, the south wing of the hospital was converted to a skilled nursing facility.
1979
Also, in 1979, the former Labor and Delivery area was remodeled to create a new four-bed skilled nursing room, a whirlpool bath room and a small office room.
1986
During the spring of 1986, the Spring Grove Hospital Association began negotiating with various organizations for a possible sale of Tweeten Memorial Hospital.
1992
During the summer of 1992, hospital administration received approval from the Board of Directors to begin a 2,700-square-foot addition, which would add three more clinic rooms and additional office space.
1993
In 1993, the facility started a patio project with generous memorials from families of former residents and proceeds from sales of the 30th anniversary cookbook.
In 1993, a program of further expansion and remodeling began with the Cornerstone of Care Campaign.
1995
In 1995, Gundersen Clinic and Lutheran Hospital-La Crosse formed Gundersen Lutheran, Inc.
1997
In 1997, the Behavioral Health Unit opened in July providing much needed support to patients with mental and behavioral health issues.
1998
1. Primary care continued to expand in 1998 when a second physician, Doctor Francis Joseph, was hired on July 6 to work in St Joseph's Clinic.
2000
In 2000, St Joseph's Community Health Services, Inc. achieved Critical Access Hospital CAH designation, allowing for cost-based reimbursement for services rendered.
2002
A 12-bed dementia unit, The Woodlands formerly Unit 1 , was created in 2002.
New outreach services were implemented in 2002 with the addition of cardiology, and St Joseph's Community Health Services opened a clinic in Wonewoc.
2007
The attached clinic with X-ray and lab services is open weekdays with Doctor Robert Breitenbach serving as medical director since 2007.
2013
In 2013 the organization was renamed Gundersen Health System.
2016
Deb Smith retired in 2016 and Garith Steiner, former CEO of Vernon Memorial Healthcare, was appointed interim CEO.
2017
Steiner played an integral role in preparing the organization to build a new hospital facility and in hiring a new CEO. On March 13, 2017, Danni Gearhart was announced as the new CEO of Gundersen St Joseph's.
2018
On January 30, 2018, Gundersen St Joseph's announced It's Happening as the Gundersen Health System board of trustees formally approved the plans for a new facility.
2019
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Founded
1891
Headquarters
La Crosse, WI

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