A new Legacy in technology at Gundersen

The new Legacy building is state of the art. It has all the bells and whistles that anyone could ask for in a hospital and more. Doctors say the technology here is going to make a patient feel better, faster.

The Legacy building is huge and an large upgrade from Gundersen’s Heritage building. When designing the hospital, the 250 person task force focused on efficiency. But also wanted it to be tech savvy.

“The new operating rooms that we have are full of technology, full of the most state-of-the-art technology that we have for neurology at present,” neurosurgeon Dr. Douglas Hughes said.

New to the OR is more space, cameras that communicate with doctors outside of the OR and elevated work stations that provide more efficiency during surgery.


“The idea is that we can put that doctor’s time back to the patient by allowing them to have a bi-directional interaction through the technology that’s here,” Gundersen Manager of IS Ryan Motl said.

The new operating rooms aren’t the only areas full of new technology — it’s also in long-term care areas. But what comes from it all is more face-to-face time with a doctor.

“You can see that each bed has a full monitoring, and a full ability for us to get to the patient’s chart all the data and information, including X-rays, studies, and tests,” pediatric and vascular surgeon Dr. Sigurd Gundersen said. “We don’t have to go out of the room to communicate, we can do that all right here with the patient and the family.”

Even with all the new technology, space won’t be an issue — it will be a benefit.

“Just the added space is going to make us more efficient in what we do,” Gundersen said.

The Legacy building will open to patients on Jan. 19. All staff that News 8 talked to Friday is very excited to get into the new building.