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Walker tours Gundersen Lutheran's ICE House

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Governor Scott Walker toured Gundersen Lutheran's Integrated Center for Education, or Ice House on Monday as part of the Wisconsin Forward Tour.  It was his first visit to La Crosse since the recall election.

The ICE House is a place for residents to get hands on surgical experience using the latest non-invasive technology like a surgical simulator and a robo-patient in an operating room.

Gov. Walker even tried the surgical simulator himself; he said trying his hand at abdominal surgery gave him a new appreciation for medical residents and their training.

"Not only that, just a new appreciation for the investments that places like Gundersen Lutheran make in education because to be able to do this, do it in a way that prepares them for real time experience," Walker said.

Gundersen Lutheran hopes the ICE House attracts some of the countries top medical students.

"It's a great selling point," Dr. Benjamin Jarman, Surgery Residency Program Director at Gundersen Lutheran said.

"Most of the hospitals that train residents are required to have some kind of a lab but this lab is a mecca, its enormous and it provides a lot of new opportunity and up to date cutting edge opportunities."

Walker said he'd proud of Gundersen Lutheran for their commitment to education and quality healthcare.

With about 6,000 employees, Gundersen Lutheran is one of the biggest employers in Western Wisconsin.  Roughly 200 local people are on the construction crew working on the hospital.

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