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Hope for hearts: Texas Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Failure Institute

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Houston families now have a new resource available to them at the Texas Children’s Hospital. It has been named the named the first Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute in Texas by The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium. The Colloquium made the announcement following nearly a year of work and an in-depth onsite review on Dec. 16. For more information about Texas Children’s Heart Center visit texaschildrens.org/heart.

What does this mean to Houston families? Texas Children’s is now among an elite group of only five pediatric members in the nation to receive this distinction, providing Houston families with a level of care that is quite possibly unsurpassed as well as providing families from across the world yet one more location in which to address the health care needs of newborns, infants and children with chronic heart failure or cardiomyopathy.

More than 600 children with chronic heart failure or cardiomyopathy are followed at Texas Children’s Heart Center. Since its inception in 1984, Texas Children’s Heart Center has performed more than 280 heart transplants, making it one of the largest and most successful programs in the nation. As the number of diagnoses for pediatric heart failure increases, so has the program’s depth and breadth of experience in treating patients and the ability to offer the right pediatric ventricular assist device for each child.

Texas Children’s Hospital achieved 14 significant milestones throughout the accreditation process within covering four areas of service: community, hospital, clinician and science. The achieved milestones include: Heart Failure Leadership Team; Sudden Cardiac Arrest Program; Community Screening for Heart Failure; Heart Transplant Program; Ventricular Assist Device Program; Primary Investigator IRB Approved Research; Ventricular Assist Device Education; Length of Stay Reduction; IRB Approved Research; Registry Participation; Hospital Based Pediatric Heart Failure Program; Heart Failure Continuum of Care; Colloquium Approved Abstract or Poster Presentation; and Outpatient Heart Failure Clinic.

“As one of the largest programs in the nation, our experience in treating patients with heart failure is leading the way in positive outcomes,” said Dr. Jeff Dreyer, medical director of Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy and Cardiac Transplantation at Texas Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics-cardiology at BCM. “As a member of this prestigious colloquium we look forward to collaborating with other leading experts across the nation to advance the treatment for the hundreds of children facing heart failure in the United States and across the globe.”

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