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BIRMINGHAM – Children’s of Alabama has been named an Accredited Center of Care by the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF), a national nonprofit committed to improving the health outcomes and quality of life for children with cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy is a chronic and potentially life-threatening heart condition that affects how the heart pumps blood through the body. Children’s of Alabama received this recognition for consistently providing high-quality cardiac care and specialized disease management to children with cardiomyopathy.
Pediatric cardiomyopathy is a complex and variable disease with only a quarter of those diagnosed having a known cause. Like other chronic diseases, pediatric cardiomyopathy requires a team approach to comprehensive care as symptoms and complications may need to be controlled by multiple medications, surgery, or implantable devices. Ultimately, type of cardiomyopathy and its severity will determine the treatment plan.
In 2018, Children’s treated more than 230 patients with pediatric cardiomyopathy. The Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama at Children’s of Alabama is one of the largest pediatric cardiovascular programs in the Southeast, providing superior cardiovascular clinical care and research dedicated solely to children. The team of more than 250 dedicated professionals who work at the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama includes surgeons, intensivists, cardiologists and many others, including nurses, social workers, child life specialists, counselors, nutritionists, occupational and physical therapists and chaplains.
The CCF accreditation program was established in 2017 to recognize excellence in diagnosing and treating pediatric cardiomyopathy and to provide families with standardized center information to assist them in selecting an expert treatment center in their area. “We are glad that Children’s of Alabama will be joining 38 other accredited centers across the U.S. and Canada that are all highly skilled and experienced in treating all forms of cardiomyopathy in children,” says Lisa Yue, CCF’s founding executive director.
“We are honored to be recognized as an Accredited Center of Care by the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation for providing high quality cardiac care to children with cardiomyopathy. We are committed to providing the best possible care to our pediatric cardiomyopathy patients and their families,” said Dr. Wally Carlo, pediatric cardiologist at Children's and assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Center accreditation is based on a hospital meeting CCF’s criteria of managing a high volume of cardiomyopathy patients, offering a variety of pediatric services, specializing in the treatment and management of cardiomyopathy in children, and affiliation with an academic research institution. Information about CCF’s Accredited Center of Care program and selection criteria is available at childrenscardiomyopathy.org under “Family Resources.”
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States.