Gundersen wants public help funding expansion project

2012-02-09T00:00:00Z 2012-02-09T06:04:49Z Gundersen wants public help funding expansion projectBy Jessica Larsen jlarsen@lacrossetribune.com La Crosse Tribune

Gundersen Lutheran is far from reaching a $70 million goal to fund its Campus Renewal Project, and it’s asking the public for help.

To date, the health care provider has raised $38 million targeted for improvements to its La Crosse campus, it announced Wednesday.

“Medicine is important to all of us,” said Greg Prairie, a member of the Gundersen Lutheran Board of Trustees. “It touches all of us. This project is going to help expand great medical service to everyone across the region.”

Ground broke about a year ago on the expansion project, on schedule to be completed by the end of 2013. Officials say the improvements will help enhance and expand inpatient behavioral health services, provide private rooms for all patients, offer improved medical, surgical and critical care units and allow for new technology and innovation.

About $8 million of the money raised came from hospital staff, while the rest came from corporate and private donors.

“I’m always amazed at the participation level and support,” Prairie said.

Prairie is optimistic Gundersen Lutheran will reach its fundraising goal.

Still, it will be a challenge, said Dave Skogen, Campus Renewal campaign co-chairman.

“I don’t know of another campaign of that size,” he said.

The project will be a  legacy, he said, and meet an increasing need for health care services in the La Crosse area. The hospital needs to continue to grow in staff and technology.

“And you don’t do that without a good facility,” he said.

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