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Case Study: Gundersen Lutheran Health System (La Crosse, WI)

David Zuckerman

Operating across parts of western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa, and southeastern Minnesota, Gundersen Lutheran Health System employs more than 6,000 people and has revenues in excess of $1.3 billion. Anchoring the system is its 325-bed hospital and multi-specialty clinic in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I n 2008, Gundersen established an aggressive program called Envision to achieve environmental leadership in the areas of energy conservation and renewable energy, waste management, recycling, and sustainable design. In order to accomplish its goals, Gundersen has set local food-purchasing goals, developed local alternative energy sources, established a multi-stakeholder food cooperative, rehabilitated old buildings into affordable housing and other facilities, built environmentally friendly infrastructure improvements, and offered financial incentives for local homeownership.