About the Joseph S. Bruno Pediatric Heart Center

Cardiac AnethesiaThe Center performs:

  • 400 cardiac surgeries in 2021
  • 19 heart transplants from 2018-2021
  • More than 750 cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology procedures performed in 2021
  • Over 16,000 transthoracic and over 600 transesophageal echos in 2021
  • Over 11,500 outpatient cardiology clinic visits each year

The Center offers:

  • 2 dedicated cardiac operating rooms
  • State of the art hybrid catheterization lab/operating suite
  • 2 catheterization labs with rotational angiography
  • 3-dimensional electrophysiologic mapping minimizing fluoroscopic radiation
  • 20 room CVICU with 4 dedicated CV-ECMO suites all equipped with sleeping quarters, shower, lavatory, and television with internet access for 24/7 family rooming in
  • 16 bed Cardiac Care Unit (CCU), step-down telemetry unit
  • Advanced noninvasive cardiac imaging: Cardiovascular MRI and 256 slice cardiac CT scanner with minimal radiation
  • Active ventricular assist device and ELSO certified ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) programs
  • A specialized cardiac support team including respiratory therapists, child life, social work, pharmacists, dietitian, and speech, occupational and physical therapists
  • A comprehensive Fetal Heart Program with customized delivery plans for neonates with complex diagnoses
  • Extended care into adulthood through collaboration with the Adult Congenital Heart Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Single platform of care:

The novel design of facilities involving both Children's of Alabama and University of Alabama at Birmingham embodies a visionary concept which allows the patient (whether still in the womb, a newborn, a teenager or an adult) to receive care in an environment best suited for his/her health needs. The Joseph S. Bruno Pediatric Heart Center located in the Benjamin Russell hospital for Children physically links the pediatric cardiac center with the newborn suites of the Women and Infants Center and then to the adult congenital heart surgery facilities at UAB. This provides a continuum of care for patients with congenital heart disease and allows our multidisciplinary team of specialists to move efficiently from one end of the platform to the other.

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Joseph S. Bruno Pediatric Heart Center Cardiology Clinic UAB Women & Infants Center