About Us

Cardiac Anethesia

The Cardiac Center performs:

  • Over 450 cardiac surgeries, including more than 350 open heart procedures per year
  • 10 heart transplants in 2013
  • About 700 cardiac caths per year, including more than 100 EP cases/ablations
  • Over 14,000 2D and 3D echocardiograms per year
  • Over 7500 outpatient visits each year 

The Cardiac 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 Heart Center located in the Benjamin Russell hospital for Children physically links the newly constructed 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