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HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation receives $100,000 grant from Otto Bremer Trust

The HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation was recently awarded a grant from The Otto Bremer Trust for $100,000. The grant is specifically designated to help support the development of a hybrid operating suite at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital for the treatment of advanced vascular and related diseases.

With the help of this donation and others, a hybrid operating suite, or “hybrid OR,” will be designed at the hospital to treat patients with vascular disease at more advanced, life-threatening stages. Vascular disease, which is a hardening or narrowing of the arteries that can lead to disability or death, has been identified as one of the most under-diagnosed and under-treated diseases in western Wisconsin. The most common form of vascular disease, peripheral artery disease, affects one in 20 people.

“There is an overabundance of vascular disease in our community,” said Dr. Steven Levin, a vascular surgeon with Prevea Health. “Many patients come to vascular surgery with such advanced disease that simple stenting or stand-alone surgery is no longer an option.”

The hospital’s hybrid OR will combine a cardiac catheterization lab, high-resolution imaging and an operating room, all in one location. Complicated procedures can be done with high-end imaging techniques that can visualize smaller body parts such as thin vessels in the heart muscle, enabling the surgeon to make the most precise repairs possible. The goal is for patients to experience less risk, recover faster, and get back to their lives more quickly.

“Patients in western Wisconsin at high risk or whose condition is too complex for traditional surgical procedures can have the best possible outcomes right here in their community,” said Andrew Bagnall, president and CEO, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital.

The hospital is currently raising money for this new technology through generous donors and businesses. If interested in donating funds to this much-needed program, please contact the HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation at 715-717-3980 or online at

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