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Gundersen announces new CEO

Brad Williams

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Thompson steps down after 14 years

Gundersen Health System announced a new CEO this morning.  

Dr. Scott Rathgaber, a gastroenterologist, has been at Gundersen for 17 years. He replaces Dr. Jeff Thompson, who has led Gundersen through a historic expansion and massive hospital upgrade, along with championing innovations in energy independence for the system.  

Rathgaber says he wants to continue the innovations that have made Gundersen a leader locally and nationally. The Indiana native came to Gundersen in the late 1990s and says he’ll look for ways to improve the hospital’s level of medical care, while trying to drive down the cost of treatment.

Rathgaber was identified after a six month search.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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