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Today it's been 5 years since my son Matthew's A.V. Canal repair. I remember the nurses: Shannon, Jaime, and Patrick....They were so good with Matthew and with my husband and I.
If it wasn't for Children's Hospital and the Cardiac wing he wouldn't be here. Thank you all for what you have done for us and giving him a chance to grow in front of our eyes! Thank you Dr. Mah, Dr. Baird, and Dr. de Ferranti we owe you the world.
5 years ago today, I placed my one week old son in Dr. Emani's hands to repair his COA. I remember it like it was yesterday, and I'm thankful every day for the care we received at the Heart Center at Boston Children's Hospital.
1 year ago today Dr Baird performed open heart surgery on Cayman. It did NOT slow him down. Today his heart is as good as new and he barely even has a scar. Thank you Dr Baird and everyone on the cardiac floor at Boston Children's Hospital.
Two years ago today we were at Boston Children's Hospital and our daughter, Emily, was having an aortic stent placed. We were told it would have to be replaced by the time she turned 2 (which was last June) but its still in place and working beautifully. We thank God every day for the amazing work of Dr. Gerald Marx and Dr. James Lock.
This weekend we celebrated our beautiful daughter, Mikayla's 1st birthday and that’s thanks to the amazing surgeons and staff on the 8th floor!! Mikayla was born with a rare diagnosis of Pentalogy of Cantrell which included several heart defects.
The Boston Children's Heart Center is the largest pediatric heart program in the United States. Our team has consistently been named #1 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery every year that U.S.News & World Report has ranked the nation's top pediatric hospital by specialty, proving their commitment to finding solutions for every patient - no matter how complex the condition or situation.
Our team includes:
For a closer look at the clinicians within our Heart Center, you can view each team by their program and services.
There are many specialists who assist patients and families during a hospitalization at Boston Children’s Hospital.
On our Heart Center team, we have medical experts and other professionals to help with your family's well-being and peace of mind.
Cardiologists diagnose and manage heart disease. Many specialize in one aspect of heart care, such as catheterization or echocardiography. Boston Children’s has 72 cardiologists on staff. You will have a primary cardiologist, but other cardiologists may also be involved in different parts of your treatment plan.
Cardiac surgeons perform operations to treat heart conditions. We have seven heart surgeons on staff at Boston Children’s, making ours one of the world’s largest specialized cardiac surgery programs. We also have a long history in the field: The first operation to correct a pediatric congenital heart defect took place at Boston Children’s back in 1938.
More than 300 specialized cardiovascular nurses work here at Boston Children’s. They assess each patient’s condition and provide direct care, as well as emotional support, information, education and care coordination. A nurse will be responsible for your care at all times.
Nurse practitioners are nurses who have advanced education and specialized skills in cardiac care. They participate in many different parts of the diagnosis, management and care coordination process for patients with heart disease.
Physician Assistants (PA)
Physician Assistants practice medicine under the direct supervision of physicians and surgeons. As part of the cardiac care team at Boston Children’s, PAs focus on the evaluation of new and established patients, diagnostic interpretation of studies, and the implementation of treatment plans for patients with complex congenital heart disease.
Our anesthesiologists have special training in the use of anesthesia for cardiac procedures—not only in children, but also in patients of all ages. Here at Boston Children’s, we use a wide range of anesthesia techniques during surgery—from light sedation to general anesthesia—to meet the special needs of each patient. We also have pain management specialists that can minimize discomfort from medical procedures and help patients cope with pain while recovering.
Clinical dietitians are registered nutrition professionals who will address specific diet concerns. Our dietitians work with you to identify and manage your nutritional needs.
Perfusionists are members of the Cardiac Operating Room team. They set up, monitor and control the heart-lung bypass machine, which is used whenever it’s necessary to support or temporarily “step in for” a patient’s circulatory system or respiratory functions. When a patient is on the machine, the perfusionist controls his or her blood pressure, temperature and other vital signs under the direction of the team physicians.
Boston Children’s resource specialists are on hand to help you with practical concerns (such as housing and transportation). We recommend that you call us at 617-355-7965 before you come to the hospital so that we can make all the necessary arrangements prior to your arrival.
Patient care coordinators
Patient care coordinators are nurses who will help you with any special discharge planning arrangements that may be required. Coordinators will also communicate any important medical information relating to your hospitalization to your insurance company.
Psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors
Child psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors from Boston Children’s Department of Psychiatry are available to provide emotional and supportive care for patients and their families. If you would like to work with a mental health professional, your doctor or nurse can help you set up an appointment.
Licensed clinical social workers
Social workers are experts in helping families adjust to the emotional impact of an illness and hospitalization. Because every patient and situation is different, a social worker will be available to help determine your specific needs and assist you with them.
Boston Children’s interpreters speak more than 35 languages, including American Sign Language. Spanish-speaking interpreters and social workers are available 24 hours a day, and other interpreters are available on an as-needed basis. If you will require an interpreter, please call
our Interpreter Services at 617-355-7198 prior to coming to the hospital so we can be ready for you when you arrive.
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