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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Here at the Boston Children's Heart Center, we recognize that every patient (and heart) with a congenital cardiac defect is unique.
Whether you’re reaching out to us for an appointment or second opinion, we will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that meets your particular needs, and we'll be here to guide you through the decision-making process. We walk every step of the way with families—before, during and after medical and surgical treatments.
We acknowledge family members as a vital component of the care team and welcome them on the patient care units. When away from the units, family members may call any time to speak with a nurse.
We also offer a variety of parent-to-parent and patient-to-patient mentoring programs, and every patient’s care plan incorporates educational resources and mental and emotional health support, too.
For outpatient procedures, your child arrives at the hospital and can usually go home the same day.
For inpatient procedures, your child will be admitted to the hospital a few days before her procedure and will be assigned a patient room on 8 East, our cardiac inpatient unit. Your child's procedure and diagnosis will determine how long the hospitalization will be. We will make every effort to keep her length of stay in the hospital as short as possible while keeping her health and well-being our top priority. Read our inpatient guides here:
Your child's procedure will be performed the same day you arrive at the hospital and your child will be admitted to the hospital after the procedure. Your child will not have to stay in the hospital the night before surgery. Any tests needed before the procedure will be done during a clinic visit a few days before surgery.
We notify all families ahead of time about which type of appointment they will need. Our staff will also answer any questions that may come to mind.
For more information on any type of patient admission, please call us at 617-355-4278.
After a heart surgery or other heart procedure, your child will be taken to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). Learning about the CICU journey in advance can help you feel more comfortable and informed about what to expect. These videos provide a detailed overview of the unit, including the physical layout, the staff you will meet, and the machines that will help your child recover.
Your infant's stay
Your child's stay
If your child is being admitted to Boston Children's Hospital and you are not sure of your health insurance benefits, please call the number on the back of your insurance card, and they will give you the details of your plan.
For families residing outside of the United States, please contact Boston Children's Heart Center at +01-617-355-4278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will receive a minimum of four bills after your child's surgery. These will be from your child's:
In addition, if your child is seen by another physician from a department other than cardiovascular, you will receive a bill for those services, as well.
For questions about patient billing, call 617-355-3397.
If you do not have insurance, or if you need financial assistance, call 617-355-7201.
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.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”