Physician Referral Guide

Heart Failure and Recovery Program

Heart Failure and Recovery Program Physician Referral Guide

Whether a child is in heart failure or has symptoms that may point to pediatric heart failure, the specialists of the Heart Failure and Recovery Program at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC are available for consultation, referral, and transport.

Physicians may contact Children's Heart Institute at:

Phone: 412-692-5540
Fax: 412-692-5138

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Heart Failure and Recovery Program
Faculty Pavilion, Floor 5
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Patient Transport

If a patient in needs to be transferred from another facility to Children’s Hospital, our Specialized Transport service will be mobilized to action. Our clinicians are on-call 24-hours a day and are an excellent resource for all aspects of facility-to-facility transfers of patients in acute heart failure. For patients deemed too sick for an outpatient evaluation, we offer expert facility-to-facility transfer by our transport team specialized in ECMO and VAD transport.

For critical care specialty transport, referring physicians may contact Children's Transport Team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 412-692-5000.

Referral Checklist

For patient consultations and referrals, a demographic and clinical summary should be provided to Children's Heart Failure and Recovery team. The checklist below outlines the recommended information:

Demographic Summary

  • Patient name
  • Patient date of birth
  • Patient address
  • Patient Social Security Number
  • Patient insurance information (copy of insurance card, if available)
  • Parent/Guardian contact information (including home and cell phone numbers)

Clinical Summary

  • A summary report of patient’s clinical status and past history
  • List of current medications
  • Immunization records (if available)
  • All recent laboratory studies
  • Operative reports from all prior cardiac surgeries
  • Relevant cardiac catheterization reports and images
  • Recent echocardiogram, EKG, CXR, CT scan reports and images
  • Relevant ultrasound and electrophysiology reports and other subspecialist records involved in the child’s care