Mayo Clinic Health System, Gundersen Health System to move into Belle Square

Published: Mar. 10, 2017 at 6:17 PM CST
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The new Belle Square development in downtown La Crosse is starting to fill up, and on Friday two major healthcare organizations announced they'll be moving in.

Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare says it's opening a new clinic there, with services including family medicine and treatment for illness and injuries.

"We want people who are down here living in downtown La Crosse, working in downtown La Crosse, to have a convenient access point," said Eric Erickson, Vice President for Primary Care. "Currently they have to leave downtown to get care anywhere and this will make something that's pretty exciting for them."

Mayo Clinic Health System says about 15 people will work there.

Some will move over from existing facilities and the rest will be hired soon.

It's set to open in late spring.

But they're not the only ones moving in.

Friday morning Gundersen Health System announced that it will open up offices at Belle Square sometime this fall, for about 90 of its administrative positions.

"It's a kind of a central location between Onalaska and La Crosse, it's an attractive place," said Mason Quackenbush, Director of HR Systems and Recruitment Services. "It's great to be part of revitalizing the downtown."

Gundersen says while it won't be serving patients there, the move will free up some room for clinical space at its La Crosse campus.

Their presence, along with a dental clinic planning to move in, fits in with developer Don Weber's plan to make Belle Square a hub for wellness.

"We wanted it to be a mixed use, so residential, retail, commercial, but also we wanted to keep in mind where we wanted a healthy community type environment," Weber said.

Developers say construction on the residential side is complete, while the retail and commercial spaces will be completed by this fall.