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Gundersen Health joins White House climate effort

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Gundersen Health System in La Crosse is among 11 health care institutions across the country that committed to President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan during a White House meeting Monday.

Gundersen CEO Jeff Thompson attended the meeting as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Sustainable and Climate Resilient Health Care Facilities Initiative.

Gundersen is included by virtue of its energy conservation and alternative energy ventures that helped it recently reach its goal of energy independence.

The White House initiative sees climate change as one of the top public health challenges, resulting in heat waves, droughts and increased air pollution.

Other health care organizations that are part of the initiative include the Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Partners HealthCare and ThedaCare.

A variety of other associations and organizations also joined the effort.

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