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Gundersen helped by millions in grants



Rick Solem

Some small communities in the Coulee Region might not have access to certain high-quality medical care, if it weren’t for donations to area hospitals. 

That’s a message Gundersen Health System is sending this week, thanking donors for over $5 million in grant money given during 2020. 

“If we don’t get involved in the smaller communities, they’ll be dominated by the larger communities,” said Dr. Stephen Shapiro, head of the Gundersen Medical Foundation. “Those are people who have different life experiences, different environments than our patients are in. We want to try to bring care back into our community.”    

Shapiro says responses to COVID-19 and providing family medical care are made possible through grants, which helps Gundersen avoid increasing the costs of routine care while operating on a “thin margin.”


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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