At the end of the 19th century, Manitowoc was a bustling maritime town without a hospital. Mother Alexia Fullmer of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
responded to the request of local clergy and community leaders to start a hospital to care for the needs of the growing community. But there was a problem - there were no resources to build it. The Sisters rallied the town to raise money and enthusiasm for the new hospital.
On September 28, 1899, Holy Family Hospital opened its doors for the first time, called the most modern hospital in the country, with unique features like an elevator. The Sisters cleaned, cooked and grew vegetables while caring for a growing body of patients. At the time, people across the nation were afraid to come to hospitals out of fear of the unknown. The Christian compassion, hospitality and kindness of the Sisters quickly engaged the town and changed this perception. The hospital flourished.
Today, HFM health network is respected as one of the most innovative & caring healthcare networks in the country.
We are the recognized leader and the largest provider of health care services in Manitowoc County. Our network, with more than 1,300 healthcare professionals, including 80 providers, is committed to providing each patient and their families with the highest level of personal care, respect, and attention to enhance his or her quality of life, including personalized spiritual care.
Our network services include an inpatient and outpatient medical center, Walk-In Care, more than 15 clinics, retail pharmacies, a home medical supply retail store, a medically-based wellness center, and a state-of-the-art rehab facility.
Our regional orthopaedic surgery clinic, Lakeshore Orthopaedics, is becoming nationally known with sites in Manitowoc and Sheboygan.
HFM’s Cancer Center is part of the Regional Cancer Collaborative composed of nine regional hospitals fighting cancer in NE Wisconsin.
The Heart and Vascular Center at Holy Family Memorial is the only facility in Manitowoc County with full time local cardiologists and a cardiac catheterization lab to perform life saving cardiac procedures.
- Women’s services are also available through our numerous clinics including HFM Women’s Health and our Women’s Imaging Center.
What does Catholic health care value and what do we strive to deliver? What makes us different?
Our Mission, Vision and Values
Why choose faith based health care?
Quality ... Compassion ... Vision ... Mission
At Holy Family Memorial we recognize that health care is local and that people tend to identify with a hospital they call their own. It is important for us to appreciate that, as a Catholic hospital, we are part of something larger. We are part of something that has been meeting health care needs in the United States before it was the United States. We, and our peers across this nation, are committed to providing care to patients; to transforming hurt into hope. Rooted in our mission and guided by our vision, we epitomize quality and compassion through our care.
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We provide education and wellness to the community with our support groups and numerous events throughout the year.
For the safety of our patients HFM property is a smoke and weapons free property.