With advanced technology, qualified physicians and personal attention, La Crosse health centers are making sure that their patients are in good hands. Nationally lauded Gundersen Lutheran is a wide-ranging health care system that HealthGrades recognized in 2008 with a distinguished hospital award in clinical excellence, placing it in the top 5 percent of the nation. The 325-bed teaching hospital has also received awards for its orthopedics, vascular, gastrointestinal, general surgery and critical care programs. Gunderson Lutheran offers the user-friendly service MyCare, a secure, online tool that allows patients to access portions of their medical records, ask questions, make an appointment, refill prescriptions or even view the immunization history of their children all with ease on their home computer. Another medical center in town is Franciscan Skemp, part of the world renowned Mayo Health System. This integrated healthcare network commits to putting the needs of the patients first. The health system includes a fertility clinic, a board-certified audiology team, a dementia care program and a strong neurology department, among other services. Just a few miles north of La Crosse in Onalaska, the Center for Health and Healing is home to Fransiscan Skemp’s integrative therapies program. Some of the classes offered at the center give patients the chance to take advantage of non-traditional forms of healing, with classes such as Spring Forest Qigong, an ancient Chinese meditation exercise that focuses on visualization, breath, posture and sound to bring vibrancy and balance. Other classes include restorative yoga and even how to age successfully. These two institutes provide a wealth of care to La Crosse, from restorative and healing to education and preventative measures. The city also has several retirement communities. Franciscan Skemp offers assisted living at its Village Apartments, while Bethany Lutheran has multiple locations for assisted and independent living through its affiliation with Gunderson Lutheran. Sterling House of La Crosse is known for respecting individual choices, from lifestyle to personal care. Amenities include a barbershop, crafts room and the allowance of small pets, with a theater, art gallery and public transportation located nearby.