Community opinions welcomed by Gundersen Clinic and Healthy Roots

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By Rachel Mergen


Gundersen Clinic in Prairie du Chien is currently working with Crawford County Healthy Roots to determine the main needs in the community. The two groups are collaborating to look at the homeless population of the area, which is present to the surprise of many, according to Gundersen Regional Manager Crystal Goltz. The project is in the early stages of development, as it is important to determine if it is the necessary subject to be putting resources toward at this time. 

These two organizations are welcoming community opinions and believe community involvement is the only way to create successful programs an opportunities.

Within Gundersen, a committee, called the Patient Family Advisory Committee, has been created for the Prairie du Chien clinic to allow residents of the area to voice their thoughts on the clinic and its future plans. The committee meets quarterly and has brought up such topics as wanting more artwork in the clinic’s waiting area, one project that has been completed. 

If the ideas brought up are plausible, the clinic is more than interested in trying to implement them if considered beneficial. 

Diversity in the members of the group is important, and it is open to anyone, no matter gender or status in the community, age and so on. To join, members of the area simply need to contact the clinic at 326-6466. 

To give thoughts on the collaboration between Healthy Roots and the clinic, calling the clinic and giving feedback to Goltz is an option, but she recommends it would be better to call Healthy Roots with at UW-Extension office at 326-0223.

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