Scenic Bluffs History

Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers is a large, community-based primary care service provider, caring for Western Wisconsin. In addition to serving rural communities in the villages of Cashton and Norwalk, Scenic Bluffs targets the needs of the isolated elderly, Old Order Amish, Medicaid dental patients and Spanish speaking groups in Western Wisconsin.  

Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers was founded and incorporated in 1993, and received its first federal Section 330 grant in October 1993. Scenic Bluffs is a not-for-profit corporation and governed by a volunteer community Board of Directors. As the grant requires, our Board of Directors is composed of at least 51% patient consumers.

Scenic Bluffs opened its Cashton Health Center in April of 1994 in the downtown area. Collaboration with the Cashton Area Developmental Corporation resulted in the expansion of the Cashton facility to include dental operations. By 2000, an additional Cashton faciliy opened in the location of the old Cashton bowling alley, becoming the primary location for health services. In the Fall of 2015, the Cashton Health Center underwent an extensive remodel and expansion. More than 4,000 square feet were added to the Cashton facility, increasing space for the medical, health education, outreach and registration areas.

In May of 1999, Scenic Bluffs opened its Norwalk Health Center. This was a result of collaboration with the Greater Norwalk Area Development Corporation and the Village of Norwalk.

Additionally, in the Fall of 2014, a partnership with Vernon Memorial Hospital developed in Viroqua. The partnership was developed to expand dental services into their facilities. 

We currently own three buildings—two with Health Center space and one for administration. Our Cashton Health Center—a 14,368 square foot facility. The facility has 12 medical exam rooms, one chiropractic exam room, three behavioral health counseling rooms, 14 dental operatories, a patient pharmacy, and two treatment rooms. Our Norwalk Health Center offers four medical exam rooms, a chiropractic exam room and one treatment room (along with the Scenic Bluffs Activity Center attached). 

Scenic Bluffs provides primary medical care including physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Our collaborative departments that work closely with medical include dentists, hygienists, chiropractors, and health educators. Scenic Bluffs has become an integral partner in our communities and takes the mission of providing care onsite into the communities by providing contracts for school nurses and community wellness coordinators in the Brookwood, Kickapoo, Westby and Cashton areas. 

Additionally, we maintain good relationships with all local school districts, Monroe, Vernon and La Crosse County Public Health Dept., local police and fire depts., regional health care systems, and professional training programs including the UW-Madison Medical, Nursing and Pharmacy programs, the UW-La Crosse’s Health Education Program, Viterbo College’s Nutrition and Nursing programs, Winona State University Nursing Program and the Western Wisconsin Technical College Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant and Dental Hygiene programs. 

Scenic Bluffs is proud to be an independent, non-profit, primary care clinic known as a Community Health Center, which is a unique and critically important part of our nation’s primary care infrastructure.  We have spent more than 20 years providing primary care in our communities.