Surgeries begin in the new OR the week of September 27

Eau Claire, WI – A new hybrid operating room (OR) at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital brings together radiology/imaging and surgical services into one room, making procedures more beneficial for patients and the medical team.

Dr. Steven Levin, a cardiovascular surgeon at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital says open surgical procedures were traditionally performed in an operating room while endovascular procedures – those that do not require incisions – were done in the radiology department. 

“In a hybrid OR we can do both open procedures and those that don’t require an incision because the room is equipped with imaging capabilities that provide incredibly crisp, clear images of blood vessels,” said Dr. Levin. “We don’t have to move a patient from one hospital department to another; the services instead come to the patient in the hybrid OR.” 

Dr. Levin says the hybrid OR’s equipment design and layout allows for procedures to be done even more efficiently and with pinpoint precision. 

“The hybrid approach can often provide shortened patient stays, reduced recovery time and enhanced patient outcomes,” said Dr. Levin. “This addition takes surgical services to an advanced level I’m looking forward to utilizing to treat patients in our community.” 

Examples of vascular procedures that will be performed in the hybrid OR include the removal of blood clots and the placement of stents. 

The traditional operating rooms will continue to be used for those cases that do not require imaging services. 

The hybrid OR was created, in part, with funds donated by generous private donors to the HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation – the philanthropic, charitable arm of the HSHS hospital. 


About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states – Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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