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Gundersen Health System unveils plan for Winona Clinic

Winona, Minn. (WXOW) – Gundersen Health System serves counties in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. While they’ve cared for patients in the Winona area for decades, the demand for that care is increasing in the community.

The Kmart building in Winona sat vacant four years. Gundersen purchased the property to invest in the health of the Winona community.

On Monday, they announced plans to create an 86,000 square foot clinic in Winona. The clinic will include primary and urgent care, an outpatient surgery center and more. Those services will be joined by programs like the Winona Eye Clinic Gundersen already offers in the area.

The new clinic aims to enhance existing health care options in the region.

“As we have shown in other communities we also need a strong hospital and medical partners to optimize that care close to home,” Scott Rathgaber, Gundersen Health System CEO elaborates. “Gundersen has worked with Winona Health for many years and this work will continue to bring that service of care to this community.” 

Existing Gundersen services in Winona such as Physical and Occupational Therapy, along with the Winona Eye Clinic, will be leased out for other purposes.

The clinic will be located off Highway 61 on Vila Street in Winona.

Gundersen officials expect the new clinic to open in phases from 2019 into 2020.

Peter Lenz

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