Texas Children's Hospital ranks #2 for cardiology and heart surgery among pediatric institutions in U.S. News & World Report

HOUSTON, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Texas Children's Hospital has been recognized again, by U.S. News & World Report, as a leader in cardiology and heart surgery among pediatric hospitals. Texas Children's Heart Center improved their national ranking, placing second in the Best Children's Hospitals 2014-15 survey.

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For more than half a century, TCHC's compassion-driven multidisciplinary team has combined cutting-edge technology with a family-centered approach to treat more than 17,000 children with congenital heart defects, performing more than 800 surgeries annually.


"We are thrilled that the dedicated work and passionate care our team provides children with heart diseases and defects has been recognized with this high ranking," said Dr. Charles D. Fraser Jr., Chief of Congenital Heart Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at Texas Children's Hospital.


"We continually strive to improve the quality of care for our cardiac patients by tracking our outcomes and remaining committed to developing innovative cardiac interventions and surgical treatment options to ensure optimum results and outcomes for our patients."


Texas Children's Heart Center cardiologists and surgeons are world-renowned leaders in pediatric cardiology, congenital heart surgery and cardiovascular anesthesiology, offering every treatment procedure available for pediatric heart diseases and defects in children, including preterm and low-birth-weight newborns.


Some of the services offered by TCHC include cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, diagnostic and cardiac imaging, adult congenital heart disease treatment, congenital heart surgery, cardiac nursing, cardiac critical care (cardiovascular ICU) and heart transplantation.


"Our cardiology team offers a multi-faceted continuum of care, from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up, for children with cardiac issues and heart failure," said Dr. Daniel J. Penny, Chief of Cardiology at Texas Children's. "We are committed to providing unparalleled care and less-invasive procedure options to children with the most complex congenital heart conditions."


Cardiovascular Surgery Program at Texas Children's Hospital


The surgical team at TCHC tailors treatment procedures to the specific needs of each individual child and family. During surgery, this approach includes cardiopulmonary bypass and neuroprotection strategies customized to each patient's condition, helping to ensure optimal outcomes. Some of the conditions treated include atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects, tetralogy of Fallot and transposition of the great arteries.


Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation at Texas Children's Hospital


Additionally, the heart failure and cardiac transplantation programs at TCHC are among the largest and most successful in the world. A team of physicians, nurse coordinators and administrative personnel care for more than 650 cardiomyopathy patients annually. When a transplant is not immediately available, a variety of circulatory support devices are used as a bridge to transplantation.


Currently, Texas Children's Heart Center is able to offer a wide range of mechanical circulatory support devices, as well as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), to children whose hearts are failing: Maquet Rotaflow, Cardiac Assist Tandem Heart, Thoratec Paracorporeal VAD (ventricular assist device), Thoratec HeartMate II, Berlin Heart EXCOR, Heartware LVAD and Syncardia Total Artificial Heart.


In 2004, the TCHC team implanted the first MicroMed/DeBakey ChildVAD. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Berlin Heart for use in children, after a lengthy study led by Fraser – with the cooperation of 17 hospitals in collecting and reporting data to the FDA –regarding the safety and benefits of the pediatric heart pump. In 2012, Texas Children's became the world's first pediatric hospital to complete the first and second certification phases of implanting the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplant.


This year, the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium named Texas Children's Hospital the first Pediatric Heart Failure Institute in Texas

a distinction shared with only four other programs in the country.

TCHC is committed to consistently achieving outcomes recognized among the best in the nation. As part of this commitment, Texas Children's Surgical Outcomes Center – devoted to tracking clinical outcomes and optimizing care – is dedicated to transparency, sharing innovations and advocating results achieved.


Cardiology Program at Texas Children's Hospital


The cardiology program at Texas Children's Heart Center offers advanced services including specialized catheterization labs – where interventional cardiologists use minimally invasive procedures to repair certain heart defects, frequently sparing children from open-heart surgery. Electrophysiologists offer the most advanced treatments and pacing services for patients with heart rhythm abnormalities.


Texas Children's is also the country's only freestanding pediatric hospital with Stereotaxis Robotic Navigation for precise catheter manipulation of difficult-to-reach areas of a child's heart. The system's magnet guides a thin, flexible wire to an exact location in the heart, allowing physicians to ablate the problem area, often curing the arrhythmia and giving patients opportunity to resume normal play or sports activities that were once restricted.


Preventive Cardiac Care and Early Intervention


With more than 50 years of leadership in caring for patients with congenital heart disease, the TCHC team has pioneered many of the now-standard procedures and therapies related to the diagnosis and treatment of children's cardiovascular conditions.


The Center for Preventive Cardiology at Texas Children's Heart Center is focused on medically managing risk factors of acquired heart disease in children with strong family histories of cardiac illness, elevated cholesterol, hypertension or Kawasaki disease with the goal of preventing future cardiac events such as heart attack and stroke through early detection and intervention and by educating children and families on healthier lifestyle choices.


The TCHC team is led by: Fraser, professor of pediatrics and Chief of Congenital Heart Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine; Penny, professor of pediatrics at Baylor; Dr. Emad Mossad, Chief of Cardiovascular Anesthesia at Texas Children's and Division Director of Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesia at Baylor; and Dr. Lara Shekerdemian, Chief of Critical Care at Texas Children's and professor of pediatrics at Baylor.


In addition to TCHC's #2 ranking, Texas Children's Hospital is ranked fourth among children's hospitals nationally and is one of only 10 hospitals given Honor Roll designation by U.S. News & World Report. Texas Children's is also the only hospital the Southern U.S. region awarded this distinction.

For more information about Texas Children's Heart Center, visit texaschildrens.org/heart.

Media Contact: Lindsey Fox, Texas Children's Hospital, (832) 824-2040, lbfox@texaschildrens.org

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