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New Gundersen CEO to take notes from staff

Brad Williams

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Rathgaber took over system Monday

This doctor will be doing a lot of listening in his new job and not just to patients. 

He’s the new CEO of Gundersen Health System, and Dr. Scott Rathgaber is going to begin by listening to his 1,000s of staffers. He also believes research and outreach are important for Gundersen, La Crosse’s largest employer.

Rathgaber, named the new executive officer on Monday, takes over for Dr. Jeff Thompson, who gave up his position at the medical center six months ago after 14 years on the job.

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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