What's Happening at VMH

Please read this important editorial piece.

November 20, 2020

An editorial by Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence, Dr. Paul Bergquist, and David Hartberg, VMH CEO: "We are in a critical place..." 


If you begin to experience symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea and/or sore throat:

CALL the VMH COVID-19 Nurses Line at: (608) 637-4990

COVID-19 Updates and resources may be found here:


VMH Visitor Policy Updates - Effective Monday, 10.19.2020

VMH continues to evolve our COVID-19 precautions to ensure a safe place to work and receive care.  We are updating our guidelines for visitors, limiting our visitation policy related to our hospital, clinics, emergency department, and assisted living facilities.  

Please note, these visitation guidelines also apply to all Gundersen Health System clinics and locations located within the Viroqua Area Medical Office Building (GHS Orthopaedic Clinic, GHS Eye Clinic Viroqua, GHS Viroqua Clinic - 2nd Floor, GHS Dialysis - 3rd floor).

 **Please see the Visitation Guidance Document for specific updates in your area of care. 


 Are you wearing a mask?

All patients and visitors are required to have a mask/cloth face covering on prior to entering VMH facilities and must wear for the duration of the visit.  

We also ask that you maintain a 6 foot physical distance from others when possible.

Thank you for your cooperation as we continue to ensure a safe place of care for our patients, guests, and employees.


In-Person Patient Visit Guide

We're pleased to have you join us for your in-person visit.  Please refer to the attached document for your in-person visit at one of our VMH facilities.  In-Person Patient Visit Guide


Vernon Memorial Healthcare Announces Discontinuation or Closure of Select Programs

We are making some difficult, but necessary, changes at VMH. Over many years, VMH expanded well beyond the traditional rural hospital and ambulatory clinic model into programs such as in-patient hospice, home health, and assisted living. To no fault of our amazing caregivers and staff, these programs have run at a financial loss of several hundred thousand dollars each year for many years. Because of the financial and operating challenges associated with those programs, we have come to the following difficult decisions:

  • The Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care, which is currently not serving any patients, will permanently close.
  • VMH Home Health and Hospice Services, which is currently serving one patient, will transition that patient to a new provider as soon as practical, and then cease operations. 
  • Fairhaven Assisted Living in Viroqua and Old Times Assisted Living in Westby will no longer accept new residents and will work with the State of Wisconsin to create and implement a resident relocation plan. Bothne House Assisted Living in Coon Valley, which has been closed due to flooding since 2018, will remain permanently closed.
  • Vernon Memorial Pharmacy in Westby, which has been closed since March due to COVID-19, will remain permanently closed.

To learn more, please read the full press release.


No doubt decisions like these are hard to make. VMH remains on solid footing, and will continue to work with our caregivers, staff, and the community to best position VMH for the long term.


We are honored to have served you and your loved ones in your homes, our assisted living facilities, the Bland Bekkedal Center, and Westby Pharmacy throughout the years.


VMH Medical Records & MyCare News

All requests for VMH Clinic medical records prior to 11/1/2016 should be directed to VMH Health Information Department Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 608-637-4332.