Our 24/7 Cardiac Cath Lab

At Holy Family Memorial, our award-winning, nationally recognized cardiac cath lab is here and ready when you need us most—anytime, any day—with the rapid response and expertise you can depend on.

HFM offers the only 24/7 cardiac cath lab in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties. Other area providers ship their heart patients either north to Green Bay or south to Grafton. Our leading-edge facilities and expert cardiac care team are right here, ready to begin treatment within minutes of entering our doors. And when it comes to a heart attack, every minute matters.

When dealing with heart attacks, you often hear the term, “door-to-balloon time.” This refers to the amount of time between when a patient arrives at the hospital to the time they receive necessary treatment to open a blocked heart vessel. HFM’s door-to-balloon time consistently beats national averages. Our average time is 30 minutes, and we oftentimes clock in under 15 minutes. It’s this commitment to speed and excellence that’s led us to receiving national awards and recognition.

The American Heart Association has honored Holy Family Memorial with two Mission: Lifeline® awards for excellence in improving quality of care for heart attack patients. HFM has also been awarded the Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology and is a designated Heart Attack (STEMI) Receiving Center, accredited by the American Heart Association and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Get complete details on all of our cardiac awards and recognition here.

So what does this all mean for you? It’s simple—if you experience a heart attack or other heart issue, you don’t need to travel 30-plus minutes to get the care you need—you could be in our cath lab within minutes receiving expert care and on the path to recovery before you’d even enter other providers’ doors. When you think cardiac care, think Holy Family Memorial.

What is cardiac catheterization?

Cardiac catheterization, commonly referred to as cardiac cath, is a diagnostic procedure for evaluating the heart and its blood supply, including:

  • Blood flow through the heart and coronary arteries
  • Pressure within the heart chambers
  • Detailed structure of the heart and vascular system
  • Heart’s pumping ability

During the procedure, a cardiologist uses a long, flexible tube called a catheter and an x-ray imaging system to gather information. Our innovative x-ray system at HFM is one of the most advanced in the nation. It cuts radiation exposure to patients by 73% while maintaining image quality and is able to adjust in real-time to the depth and area being viewed.

Cath Lab Videos

Heart attack patients thankful for HFM’s cath lab.

Hear Kelsey Pasek’s story of going from a heart-attack patient, to a registered nurse in our cardiac cath lab. She explains how her own experiences taught her to care for her patients and give them the expert care they expect from Holy Family Memorial.

HFM’s cath lab team has ‘rewarding’ job.

Watch interviews with each team member explain why they love their jobs and what makes working in the cardiac cath lab their passion.

Go behind the scenes at HFM’s cath lab.

Get a glimpse into the life-saving measures that Holy Family Memorial cardiac cath lab staff offer 24 hours a day, seven days a week.