The Congenital Heart Center, established in 2010, has been ranked as one of the top-50 pediatric heart centers in the country by U.S. News and World Report for the last nine years. Our comprehensive services include cardiac imaging, diagnostic and interventional catheterization, invasive electrophysiology, dedicated cardiovascular intensive care staff, and regional referral programs in heart failure/transplantation, adult congenital heart disease, and fetal echocardiography. Surgical and cardiac catheterization volume are growing at a rate of 10-15% per year. Our state-of-the-art two lab cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology suite opened in February of 2017, with dedicated staffing and anesthesia teams. Our new outpatient office complex opened in December 2020, designed to treat all patients from fetal cardiology to ACHD. We have one of the most comprehensive Cardiac Neurodevelopment programs in the Southeast, providing a multitude of specialty services to our congenital heart patients in the same office suite. Participation in investigator-initiated and multi-center industry-sponsored studies is ongoing within the Heart Center, with the support of an active clinical research department.
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute (SHVI) is one of the Southeast’s largest cardiac and vascular programs. Sanger employs more than 110 physicians in a network of more than 25 locations to provide the highest quality care available to patients with cardiovascular disease throughout North and South Carolina. SHVI has more than 50 years of experience providing world-class, comprehensive acute and chronic cardiovascular services including the region’s only heart transplant center and pediatric/congenital heart surgery program.
Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH) is a state-of-the-art facility in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina. LCH has 11 floors and 234 inpatient beds, including on-site PICU and CVICU covered 24/7 by in-house intensivists, Progressive Care Unit, Inpatient Observation Unit, Pediatric Rehab Unit, and Pediatric Emergency Department. We are committed to being the region’s leading provider of pediatric health care services.
LCH and SHVI are both premier referral facilities within Atrium Health (AH), one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare systems. AH operates nearly 2,500 system-employed physicians, more than 60,000 employees and more than 7,460 licensed beds across the Carolinas and beyond.
Children’s Health℠ is committed to making life better for children. As one of the largest and most prestigious pediatric health care providers in the country and the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas, Children’s Health cares for children through more than 750,000 patient visits annually. The Children’s Health system includes its flagship hospital, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, as well as Children’s Medical Center Plano, Our Children’s House inpatient rehabilitation hospital, the Children’s Health Care Network, specialty centers, rehabilitation facilities and physician services. Children’s Medical Center Dallas continues to be the only North Texas hospital to be ranked in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. Through its academic affiliation with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Children’s Health is a leader in life-changing treatments, innovative technology and ground-breaking research. This affiliation led to establishing the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute in 2011, committed to pursuing research in regenerative medicine, cancer biology and metabolism. For more information, follow Children’s Health on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or YouTube, or visit Childrens.com.
For over a hundred years, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has endeavored to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow. As the largest cardiac program in the Southeast, one of the top five largest pediatric heart centers in the nation for Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Cardiac Acute Care Unit (CACU) volumes, and one of the top ten largest pediatric heart centers for heart surgery, catheterization procedure and transplant volumes, Children's Heart Center provides exceptional treatment for complex heart defects encompassing patients from fetus through adulthood.
Offering the only support group of its kind in the nation, Children’s Kids at Heart program has served thousands of families providing education, meals, and emotional support. Through academic partnerships with Emory University School of Medicine and Georgia Institute of Technology, Children’s Heart Center is also a national leader in heart disease research while treating more than 40,000 complex congenital cardiac patients annually.
In 2025, Children’s Heart Center will move to the new, 446-bed Arthur M. Blank Hospital offering more than 20 acres of greenspace, including walking and biking trails, state-of-the-art patient rooms, and technological advancements allowing for enhanced research, 3D printing, and simulation training. For more information, follow Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or TikTok.
Established in 1995, the CICU at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the largest critical care units in the country dedicated to the care of children with heart conditions. Our specially trained physicians treat a high volume of rare and complex congenital heart diseases each year, offering a unique level of expertise in this field. The Cardiac Center continues to expand our capacity through premiere programs, such as the Jill and Mark Fishman Center for Lymphatic Disorders and the Pediatric Heart Valve Center.
Located in Washington, D.C., and consistently ranked among the best cardiology and heart surgery programs in the nation, the Children’s National Heart Institute includes a multidisciplinary team providing specialized expertise and support for all facets of heart disease. Our dedicated cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, and cardiac intensivists care for children and adults with a wide range of congenital and acquired heart disease. Additional expertise in cardiac imaging, cardiac rhythm disorders, interventional cardiology, and adult congenital heart disease ensures the best care across the full spectrum of cardiac disease. The state-of-the-art Cardiac ICU provides a high-tech environment and a family-friendly feel. Our physicians and nurses are experts in today’s most advanced technologies for respiratory, neurological, and cardiac conditions, and we have one of the country’s busiest ECMO programs. A physician-focused, virtual command center in the Cardiac ICU allows doctors to monitor vitals and measure progress from afar.Children’s National Hospital
As a joint cooperative of Children’s of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama is a leader in comprehensive pediatric and adult congenital cardiac care for the people of Alabama and the southeastern United States. We celebrate multidisciplinary teamwork to provide the highest quality, family-centered care; research and clinical innovation that translates into improved patient outcomes and safety; and preparing our future healthcare leaders via fellowship training. Our center includes 20 state-of-the-art CVICU rooms, four dedicated ECMO suites, and easy access to the UAB high-risk obstetric birthing suites and regional neonatal intensive care unit. On average, we perform over 450 cardiac surgeries per year including >300 cases on cardiopulmonary bypass, approximately 10 heart transplants per year, >700 cardiac catheterizations per year including 100 EP cases and ablations, >15,000 2D and 3D echocardiograms per year including >600 transesophageal echocardiograms, and >250 fetal echocardiograms. Our specialized cardiac support team includes advanced practice nurses, respiratory therapists, child life, social work, pharmacists, a dietician and speech, occupational and physical therapists.
Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute was formed in 2008 with the mission to transform pediatric heart disease through the integration of clinical care, molecular cardiovascular research, and education. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute as one of the top programs in the nation for pediatric cardiology. The Heart Institute team has pioneered many advances in pediatric cardiology, including a first-in-nation ventricular assist device in a Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patient, numerous transcatheter (nonsurgical) intervention therapies, echocardiography of complex cardiac malformations, and the evaluation of cardiac disease during exercise stress. As one of the largest pediatric cardiology programs in the nation, the world-renowned team at the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has achieved outcomes that rival or surpass those at other top centers, for even the most challenging cases.
The nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins Children’s Center is the birthplace of pediatric cardiology and the historic “blue baby” operation. From birth to adulthood, The Blalock Taussig Thomas Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center treats all patients with congenital and acquired heart disease.
Our comprehensive congenital heart program provides the full spectrum of care for patients and families including congenital heart surgery, heart transplantation, and ECMO/VAD. Our 12-bed cardiac intensive care unit is the only one of its kind in the state of Maryland and offers comprehensive cutting-edge procedures for treating pediatric heart disease.
We provide comprehensive advanced cardiology services including pediatric cardiac catheterization, complex heart rhythm problems, pediatric cardiac anesthesia, congenital heart surgery, fetal cardiology, general pediatric cardiology, and cardiogenetics. Our pediatric cardiologists provide services in ten different locations in the state of Maryland and additional locations throughout the national capital region.
Lurie Children’s Heart Center
Lurie Children’s Heart Center brings the spectrum of cardiac specialists together to care for patients throughout their lifespans — from before birth, through childhood and into adulthood. We take great pride in delivering high-quality care, ranking as one of the top pediatric heart centers in the nation for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S.News & World Report.
In addition to typical cardiovascular care programs, we offer services that fill the usual gaps in pediatric cardiac care. Specialists from Lurie Children’s Heart Center and The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health ensure families expecting a new baby with heart concerns receive the best diagnostic and counseling care available through our Fetal Cardiology Program. Our Single Ventricle Center of Excellence is uniquely able to offer the full spectrum of comprehensive cardiac care for patients who have a single functional ventricle pumping blood to the entire body. The NICU-Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program makes sure that all aspects of a child with congenital heart disease’s development are cared for.
Our Heart Transplant Program is a leading transplant program in the country, and our team has performed more pediatric heart transplants than any other healthcare provider in Illinois. The program also offers a bridge or long-term option to transplant using a wide range of ventricular assist devices (VADs). On average, our heart surgeons perform more than 450 heart surgeries each year, with one of the best survival rates for congenital heart surgery among the nation’s 40 largest and most advanced children’s hospitals.
Lurie Children’s is also home to the Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit, one of the few cardiac units of its kind in the nation, which was built to ensure the continuity of care from admit to discharge. The state-of-the-art, 44-bed unit is staffed by a team of specialists that meet the unique needs of its patients.
Seattle Children’s Heart Center outcomes are among the best in the nation for simple to complex heart procedures and transplants for children. We are a leader in treating pediatric congenital heart disease with one of the country’s largest programs, performing over 500 cardiac surgeries, 700 cardiac catheterizations, 800 prenatal evaluations, and an average of 16 heart transplants per year. Our heart center physicians and advanced practice providers are involved in education, research, and advocacy at a local and national level. From our hospital campus in Seattle to the Arctic Circle, our cardiac outreach program covers nearly a million square miles.
The pediatric cardiac critical care unit is a 24-bed medical-surgical unit managed by cardiac intensivists, APPs, cardiologists, and fellows. Nurses and respiratory therapists are trained to care for our sickest cardiac patients, provide neurodevelopmental care, and participate in quality improvement initiatives. We offer advanced therapies such as ventricular assist devices, ECLS, and continuous renal replacement therapies.
Our cardiac surgery APP team provides both inpatient and outpatient care for our cardiac surgery patients, including managing acute-care cardiac surgery patients and acting as first-assist in our cardiac operating room.
The Seattle Children’s mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute, and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through research, and raise funds to create better futures for all pediatric patients. Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country.