Gundersen Lutheran is seeking public help to fund the rest of its $70 million Campus Renewal project.
The health care provider has raised $38 million since the project broke ground last year, well short of its goal. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013, a La Crosse Tribune article said.
Greg Prairie, a member of the Gundersen Lutheran Board of Trustees, said medicine is important to all of us" and that the project "is going to help expand great medical service to everyone across the region."
Prairie is optimistic the hospital will reach its goal.
"I'm always amazed at the participation level and support," he said.
About $8 million of the raised funds have come from hospital employees, said Dave Solie in a WXOW report. The rest has come from corporate and private donors, the tribune said.
The new part of the building will include private rooms for patients, a new operating facility, E.R. and trauma center. The improvements will help enhance and expand inpatient behavioral health services offer improved medical, surgical and critical care units and allow for new technology and innovation, officials told the tribune.
Dave Skogen, Campus Renewal campaign co-chairman, said the project will be a legacy and meet an increasing need for health care services in the La Crosse area. He thinks the hospital needs to continue to grow in staff and technology.
"And you don't do that without a good facility," he said.