Pediatric INSIGHTS
Spring 2013
Heart Institute Update
Outstanding Pediatric
Cardiothoracic Surgery Outcomes
The Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
program at Children’s Hospital holds
the lowest overall four-year surgical
mortality rate among all medium-
and high-volume programs in the country, according to the latest
data compiled by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2008–2012).
Children’s four-year mortality rate was 1.1 percent compared to a
national average of 3.5 percent during the same reporting period.
The report included 110 out of 120 pediatric cardiovascular
programs in the United States at low-, medium-, and high-volume
centers and encompassed data from July 2008 to June 2012.
“This achievement is a testament to our commitment and
dedication to patient care,” says
Victor Morell, MD
, chief of
Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery and co-director of the Heart
Institute. “Our team of surgeons, nurses, and technicians is among
the best in the nation at performing every type of intervention and
achieving exceptional outcomes.”
Study Shows Telemedicine Effective in
Delivering Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care
A study conducted by the Heart Institute and
the Foundation Valle del Lili in Cali, Colombia,
confirmed that telemedicine in pediatric cardiac
intensive care is not only feasible but effective.
Ricardo Munoz, MD
(above), medical director for Global Business
and Telemedicine at Children’s Hospital, explains his findings in
a “Discovery Health” video. Watch the video and download the
paper at
Managing Congenital Heart Disease for
a Lifetime
Stephen Cook, MD
(left), director of the Adult
Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Center at
Children’s Hospital, is an expert in the transition
of care of patients with congenital heart disease
from adolescence to adulthood. Dr. Cook recently released a guide
for teens, “Managing Your Congenital Heart Disease for a Lifetime,”
to help ease the anxiety of transitioning to an adult cardiology
program. To learn more about the teen transition program, email
the ACHD Center at
or call 412-692-5540.
Our Pediatric CICU is 10
The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Children’s
Hospital is the first and only CICU in the region. For 10 years it
has provided comprehensive support for infants, children, teens,
and young adults with complex congenital or acquired heart
disease. The technologically advanced CICU is a 12-bed unit with
private rooms, offering state-of-the-art care in a family-centered
environment. Specially designed beds allow surgeons to operate
right in the room, saving precious time in an emergency. This
intensified level of care improves the chance that a patient will
survive a serious heart disorder or surgery and will go on to make
a full recovery.
Save the Date: Master Class in Congenital Cardiac Morphology
Mark your calendar for the 6th Annual Master Class in Congenital
Cardiac Morphology, Oct. 2 to 4, 2013, in Pittsburgh. The 2013
course will highlight anomalies of the arterial and atrioventricular
valves and coronary arteries, and will again provide a multi-
modality view of all aspects of the developing heart using the
latest imaging technologies and hands-on demonstrations.
Complete program details will be available this summer. View
photos from the 2012 course at
In the News
The Heart Institute is in the news! View our stories about sudden
cardiac death, the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, and
more online. Visit
and select “About Us.”
Read what’s happening at the Heart Institute
at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC by
visiting the “For Doctors” section of the Heart
Institute website at
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