Priority One

The Priority One Heart Attack Program removes time barriers to get a heart attack patient’s blocked artery open as quickly as possible.The Priority One Heart Attack Program removes time barriers to get a heart attack patient’s blocked artery open as quickly as possible.

Partnered healthcare facilities in the community stabilize the patient, and make one phone call to Gundersen Health System to activate the Priority One team. Medlink AIR, or local ground ambulance crews, quickly transport the patient to Gundersen, where an expert team is waiting to provide treatment that will open the blocked artery.

The Priority One Heart Attack Program relies upon a high degree of collaboration between community hospitals, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, and the Gundersen Lutheran Heart Institute. Currently 15 hospitals and healthcare facilities participate in the program.The Priority One Heart Attack Program relies upon a high degree of collaboration between community hospitals and Gundersen. Many hospitals and healthcare facilities participate in the program:

  • Gundersen Trauma and Emergency Center
  • Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center- Onalaska Clinic, Gundersen Urgent Care
  • Black River Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls, WI
  • Boscobel Area Health Care – Boscobel, WI
  • Community Memorial Hospital  - Winona, MN<
  • Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics, Whitehall, WI
  • Mayo Health Care – Sparta, WI
  • Mile Bluff Medical Center, Mauston WI
  • Palmer Lutheran Health Center – West Union, IA
  • Prairie Du Chien Memorial Hospital, PDC, WI
  • Regional Health Services of Cresco, IA
  • Richland Hospital – Richland Center, WI
  • Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics, Hillsboro, WI
  • Tomah Memorial Hospital – Tomah, WI
  • Vernon Memorial Hospital, Viroqua, WI <
  • Veterans Memorial Hospital, Waukon, IA
  • Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah, IA
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