The La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium is a
collaborative effort founded by two regional medical systems and three institutions of
higher education: Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare and Gundersen
Health System; and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Viterbo
University, and Western Technical College. The School District of La Crosse and the La Crosse County Health Department are also partners.
Who We Are
The LMHSC was founded in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and a
collaboration of the five founding partner institutions.While it was created in response to projected health care workforce shortages, it also facilitates improvements in regional health and healthcare and supports applied research in health and medically related disciplines.
The first project of the Consortium was to establish the Health Science Center, a facility for education and research that would house programs of the partnering institutions. The building was opened in the summer of 2000 and today is home to programs, classes, and research efforts of Gundersen Health System, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Western Technical College, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing Western Campus/Gundersen Health System.
In 2005, the Consortium began engaging not only within their partnership but in the community, recognizing the value of the education/healthcare collaboration to the community at large. Several teams were established to explore project work in the areas of improving population health, addressing healthcare workforce shortages, increasing graduates in healthcare programs, and finding collaborations among researchers. Today, we are involved in a number of community-based projects that reach beyond the core partnership into our surrounding region.
In 2009, the La Crosse County Health Department and the School District of La Crosse joined the Consortium as partners.
Wisconsin: Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Grant, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland,
Sauk, Trempealeau, Vernon
Minnesota: Fillmore, Houston, Wabasha, Winona
Iowa: Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Winneshiek
What We Do
Our Mission is "collaborating with healthcare and education for a healthier community."
What are we doing to accomplish our mission?
1. We are making the healthy choice the easy choice:
The choices we make every day, from what we eat to how we treat others to how we take care of ourselves, influence not only our own health but the health of our community. At the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, we believe that, by working together as a community, we can be the healthiest county in Wisconsin by 2015. Learn more below about how you can help us in “Making the Healthy Choice Together”
Learn more about our efforts to create a healthier alcohol environment and how you can get involved.
2. We are helping to build a strong, sustainable healthcare workforce:
Making healthy choices is only part of the solution. As our population ages and becomes more diverse, we will need a steady stream of healthcare providers who are culturally-sensitive and have the most current training for us to have the best possible health.
With job shortages, how are we ensuring that students in healthcare will find jobs?