Outcomes

Heart Institute at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

The Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC ranks as the top pediatric cardiovascular surgery program in the country with the lowest overall four-year surgical mortality rate among all high-volume programs with a rate of 1.5%, according to the latest data compiled by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2011-2015). Nationally, the average mortality rate for all pediatric cardiovascular programs was 3.4% during the same reporting period.

Our outcomes demonstrate why Children’s Hospital is recognized worldwide as a leader in the advanced treatment of pediatric heart disease. In addition, we are:

  • A world-leading center for pediatric heart and lung transplantation, with survival rates among the highest in the country and no operative mortality for lung transplant patients since 2004
  • One of just a handful of pediatric hospitals nationwide offering a certified extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support (ECMO) transport program 
  • A national leader in the development and use of artificial hearts for children

Heart Institute by the Numbers (FY 2015)

  • 15,000 patient visits
  • Approximately 30,000 diagnostic tests
  • More than 750 cardiac catheterization procedures
  • More than 500 cardiothoracic surgeries

The Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital is recognized worldwide as a leader in the advanced treatment of congenital heart disease. We are:

  • A world-leading institute for pediatric heart and lung transplantation, with survival rates among the highest in the country and no operative mortality for lung transplant patients since 2004
  • One of just a handful of pediatric hospitals nationwide offering a certified extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support (ECMO) transport program for heart bypass
  • A national leader in the development and use of artificial heart pumps and devices for children
  • Leading the way in telemedicine through remote monitoring of pediatric cardiac critical care units around the world

Additional Resources

Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Report (PDF)