La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) ----- In 10 days Gundersen Health System will start a new chapter in their new hospital...the Legacy Building.
Gundersen CEO, Dr. Jeff Thompson says the differences are apparent. "I want their first impression to be one of security....that this is a thoughtful, safe place where they will feel welcomed but warm...that is it's a place to come and heal."
Gundersen Health System is a teaching hospital, one that's known around the country for their advances in technology and that good old fashioned bedside manner. However, the man in charge says it was time to make a decision about the hospital. "There's a time when putting more money into it just doesn't make sense."
The plan called for more space, a different feel and input from staff. "They went to the best places we could find around the country. They borrowed the best ideas and they put them all together and now they are really invested in making it work."
One of the places that really needed a change is the operating room. Staff say there is more room, better lighting and cameras to get instant access to other doctors.
Even though the hospital has a new look both inside and out, Thompson says their mission is still the same. "If the staff have a better environment they can focus on the patient and get the best outcome for the patient. Gundersen is offering public tours of the new facility Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am until 5:00pm
On January 19th they'll accept their first patient into the new hospital.
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