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BIRMINGHAM (Feb. 5, 2014) – Throughout the month of February, Children’s of Alabama is offering opportunities to raise awareness about children with heart problems and learn more about the heart services provided at the state’s only freestanding pediatric medical facility.
Approximately 40,000 children are born in the U.S. each year with congenital heart defects. Children’s performed more than 1,100 medical procedures on patients with such conditions in 2013, making it one of the largest pediatric cardiovascular services (CV) centers in the nation.
Children’s recently marked one year since pediatric cardiovascular services moved into the new Bruno Pediatric Heart Center from University of Alabama hospitals. The program has long been the primary referral point for patients with pediatric and congenital heart disease from throughout the state, but the move has allowed Children’s and UAB to progress quickly to advance the care of patients further and more completely. The center includes a 20-bed intensive care unit, a 16-bed telemetry ward, two dedicated cardiovascular surgical suites and two catheterization labs including a “hybrid” room where a patient can undergo surgery and catheterization simultaneously. In all, a team of about 250 medical professionals and support personnel are working to conduct 400 heart surgeries a year, along with 700 catheterizations and electrophysiology studies.
Some of Children’s Heart Month activities and events include:
Those interested in more information on ways to participate in National Heart Month and to learn more about Children’s of Alabama should visit www.childrensal.org/heart.
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.