Immediate Care for Heart Attacks

 

We have two state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs. Plus, a fast process for getting patients from the emergency department to these special labs for care.


Three critical ways we treat stroke

 

We are the only hospital in the area that uses the MERCI Retrieval System, an instrument used to remove blood clots from patients experiencing a stroke.

We are also the only hospital to use the intra-arterial (IA) procedure: a fast way to deliver clot-busting medicine to the brain.

We can also use a medication called Tissue Plasminogen Activator, or tPA, to break up clots.

 

Emergency Services Team

 

If you or a loved one suddenly falls ill or is involved in a serious accident, you want a team known for its skill and fast response. You’ll find that team here at Sacred Heart Hospital.

You are in the most qualified of hands when you come through our doors:

  • All of our doctors are credentialed, board certified emergency room doctors. That means they are specially trained in emergency care.
  • Each of our nurses has advanced cardiac life support training, and is trauma nursing certified and emergency nursing pediatric certified.
  • We are the only hospital in western Wisconsin to provide such extensive training for its emergency department staff.

We partner with Infinity HealthCare to manage and provide emergency physician coverage at our hospital. Infinity provides the highest quality emergency services, staffing and management available in Wisconsin. With Infinity on board, we can offer you an even greater knowledge base and access to cutting-edge treatments.

Emergency FAQs

 

A million things go through your mind when you are confronted with an emergency. Knowing a little bit about our emergency department and what to expect—before you need us—will help. Here are a few of the questions that we get asked most often.

What should I bring to my emergency department visit?

Be sure to bring your medications and dosages and most current medical history, if available. Also know who your primary doctor is and which physician should receive information from this visit.

What can I expect during my emergency department visit? 

You can expect testing, care from board-certified emergency physicians and specially trained registered nurses, as well as a referral to a specialist if your condition cannot be diagnosed in the emergency department. We will admit you to the hospital, if need be, and prescribe medications for treatment.

Do you take care of children?

Yes, we take care of all ages.

Do you take care of children?

Yes, we take care of all ages.

Do you take care of trauma patients?

Yes, we are a Level III state-certified trauma center with advanced neurosurgical capabilities.

What can you do for stroke patients?

We are the only hospital in the area using the MERCI Retrieval System to remove blood clots in the brain. Additionally, we can perform thrombolytic therapy using a medication called Tissue Plasminogen Activator, or tPA, to break up clots. This medication can be injected with a needle into a vein, an artery or both.

 

Can you treat patients having heart attacks?

Yes, we have two state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs, a streamlined protocol for access to the catheterization lab from the emergency department and specialty training for nurses in advanced cardiac life support.

What special qualifications do your staff members have? 

Our professional team consists entirely of board-certified emergency medicine physicians. We are the only emergency department in the region that can make this claim. Our team also includes registered nurses with certifications in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). Our nurses also complete trauma nursing core courses (TNCC) and emergency nursing pediatric courses (ENPC or PALS). We are the only hospital in western Wisconsin to provide such extensive training for its emergency department staff