Nephrology (Kidneys)

Nephrology and Hypertension Services from Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse

If you or someone you care about has chronic kidney disease or needs kidney transplantation, you want to be assured that you are receiving the highest quality comprehensive care and the latest treatment options. The partnership between Franciscan Healthcare and Mayo Clinic in Rochester offers this reassurance by blending the long-standing heritage of compassionate community-based care with a world-respected medical practice.

Services include:

  • Outpatient consultation for the entire spectrum of kidney diseases
  • Hypertension Clinic
  • Transplant Clinic
  • Fluid and electrolyte abnormalities
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • In-patient dialysis
  • Out-patient dialysis
  • Cardio-renal syndrome clinic Coulee Region Transplant Support Group - (an independent entity supported by the Department of Nephrology, Franciscan Healthcare)
  • Kidney Biopsies, renal angiogram, Tunneled Dialysis catheter insertion and removal.

We offer outpatient consultation for the entire spectrum of kidney diseases including:

  • Chronic kidney diseases
  • Kidney stones
  • Acute kidney failure
  • Chronic glomerulonephritis and vasculitis
  • Management of chronic disease complications including anemia treatment, bone disease, hyperparathyroidism, hypertension and others.

Hypertension Clinic
We provide secondary hypertension evaluation and management, treatment for renal vascular hypertension (when kidney artery narrows and leads to high blood pressure) and when patients have difficulty controlling their high blood pressure.

Transplant Clinic
In close collaboration with Transplant Center at Mayo Clinic we are able to offer all pre-transplant evaluation locally by a Nephrologist who is also an active member of the Mayo Clinic Post-Transplant Committee. Most of the work-up is done locally, which helps in the smooth transition of care from pre-transplant chronic kidney disease to post transplant state. Once the kidney/pancreas transplant is done then the patients follow-up locally without the need for frequent visits to Mayo Clinic. All of the long-term transplant care is done locally based on the exact same protocols as at Mayo Clinic.

Fluid and electrolyte abnormalities
We help manage and treat hyponatremia, hyperkalemia, renal tubular acidosis, hypercalcemia and other disorders including work-up of diabetes insipidus, polyuria, etc.

Polycystic Kidney Disease
We work closely with world renowned physicians and investigators at Mayo Clinic, Rochester to provide cutting edge care for Polycystic Kidney Disease.

Outpatient Dialysis Services in Onalaska
We offer all modalities of dialysis to patients with end-stage kidney diseases (ESRD). This includes in-center hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis and home-hemodialysis. Mayo Clinic Dialysis located at the Franciscan Healthcare Onalaska Clinic is a state-of-the-art new facility with 18 chairs providing the highest quality of in-center hemodialysis six days a week. Currently we are also accepting transient patients after medical clearance with the Medical Director. Please call the dialysis Unit between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at 608-392-5011 for information or if you have questions.

The Nephrology Team
This includes a Nephrologist, Physician Assistant, RNs, Nurse Educator, Dietician, social worker, vascular access Surgeons, Radiologist and technicians. We consider patients as vital members of the team.

Hours and Location:
Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Nephrology is located on the second floor of the La Crosse Campus Clinic Building

Information and Appointments:
Please call 608-392-6411

Coulee Region Transplant Support Group
This is an independent body that operates with the assistance of local business sponsors and support from the Department of Nephrology and Franciscan Healthcare Foundation. We meet and socialize with transplant recipients or patients waiting for transplantation. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Conference Room (lower level) at the Onalaska Clinic. There is no fee to join and you attend anytime. Some of the benefits that the members enjoy include:

  • Guest lectures from invited speakers to discuss transplant-related issues.
  • Annual summer picnic with door prizes, and lots of fun.
  • Variety of events through out the year to raise awareness about organ transplantation.

For more details, please call 608-392-6117 and ask for Jena Casper, RN.  


Contact Us

Hospital and Clinic
800-362-5454 (toll-free)

608-392-9862 (appointments)

Where to Find Us

Hospital and Clinic
700 West Avenue S.
La Crosse, WI 54601