Gundersen, world leaders convene for environment, public health talks

Gundersen Health System is showing an international audience health systems can take care of patients and the environment simultaneously, while reducing costs.

Jeff Thompson, MD, executive advisor and chief executive officer emeritus, is representing Gundersen this week at the United Nations’ Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris. Gundersen is one of 16 United States health systems – the Health Care Climate Council – asking global leaders to protect human health through environmental action.

“It is our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve, which includes taking action to improve and protect our environment, reduce our waste and lower our costs,” Dr.  Thompson says. “Not every healthcare organization makes this a priority, but we have shown it is possible to provide exceptional patient care and exceptional care for the environment.”

Dr. Thompson will participate in a panel discussion titled “Live from Paris: Connecting Wisconsin and the UN Climate Talks.” The panel, hosted by the University of Wisconsin Global Health Institute and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, features experts and innovators in environmental and sustainable change.

The panel discussion is scheduled Thursday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. Central time. You can watch a live stream here.

To learn more about Gundersen’s sustainability program, including our energy independence achievement, log on to

Click here for more on the UN Climate Change Conference.


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