Gundersen Health System is one of seven hospitals in Wisconsin recognized for providing excellent surgical care last year.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services presented the awards at the recent annual Surgical Site Infection Prevention Summit in Madison, which it co-hosted with the Medical College of Wisconsin in Madison.

The seven top facilities were selected because surgical site infections among their patients were significantly lower than the national baseline in 2016.

The other six hospitals recognized were:

Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Franklin.

St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac.

St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton.

Sauk Prairie Healthcare in Prairie du Sac.

ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton.

The summits and awards are part of a statewide surgical site infection reduction initiative the DHS launched in 2015.

Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse also was recognized at the summit as being in the top 10 percent of facilities that have implemented and measured compliance with key components of practices recommended in the Wisconsin Supplemental SSI Prevention Guidance and the CDC Surgical Site Infection Prevention Guideline.


Mike Tighe is the Tribune newsroom's senior citizen. That said, he don't get no respect from the cub reporters as he goes about his duly-appointed rounds on the health, religion and whatever-else-lands-in-his-inbox beats. Call him at 608-791-8446.

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