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Gundersen moves its Foundation office and other workers to downtown La Crosse

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The new Gundersen Health System offices Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, on 3rd Street in downtown La Crosse (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Doctors of the Gundersen family started their La Crosse practice in a downtown office.

This week, many workers based at the current Gundersen Health System clinic on South Avenue are moving to downtown, into newly-remodeled offices on 3rd Street.

The chair of the Gundersen Foundation, Dr. Stephen Shapiro, said the corporation needed to find new office space so that the medical practice would have room to grow at the clinic and hospital.

The new Gundersen Health System offices Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, on 3rd Street in downtown La Crosse (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

“It was important for us as the main campus was growing to find room for patient care,” said Shapiro, “so we are moving non-patient care areas out of the main campus building, and of the many choices we had to put a new building in, we wanted to come back to our roots in downtown La Crosse.”

Construction crews were putting finishing touches on the Gundersen site at the former Wettstein’s appliance store, which closed four years ago after nearly seven decades in business.

An open house for the 3rd Street offices is planned for next month. Gundersen opened a dental specialties clinic in the Wettstein building earlier.

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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