Cardiac patient smiling after surgery

Heart Center

With your support, at the Arthur M. Blank Hospital, we’ll advance the future of pediatric cardiac care.

Learning that your child has a heart condition can be frightening to a parent.

But there’s nothing more reassuring than knowing that they will be treated at one of the nation’s top heart centers when they are at Children’s.

We hold the tiniest hearts in our hands
Heart surgery can be scary, especially when it involves your child, but few hospitals rise to the occasion as well or as often as Children’s. As the largest pediatric heart center in the Southeast with an outpatient network of 22 clinics throughout Georgia, we provide surgical treatment for more infants, children and teenagers with heart conditions than anyone else in the state.

We’re setting the standard for pediatric heart care
Our priority is to take care of your child’s heart. The Heart Center is ranked among the top five in the U.S. for Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Cardiac Acute Care Unit (CACU) volumes, and the top 10 in the nation for pediatric heart surgery, catheterization procedure and transplant volumes. We perform more than 800 cardiac surgeries each year and are proud of our excellent survival rates.

We’re investing in the future of cardiac care
We strive to provide the best cardiac care to patients so that they never have to settle for anything less. That’s why we’re expanding the cardiac resources and capabilities at the new hospital to hold 84 cardiac beds and three specially designed Cardiovascular Operating Rooms (CVORs), meaning we will have over 115,000 square feet of space dedicated to cardiac care. And, if our philanthropic support permits, we hope to have a dedicated MRI machine for use in research and treatment, from cardiac to neonatology.

We’re leading the charge on research
We are turning groundbreaking research into innovative treatments. Clinical trials are in progress to determine if stem cell injections can strengthen a baby’s heart for the series of lifesaving surgeries required to treat hypoplastic left heart syndrome. We’re assessing neurological deficits after cardiac surgeries to determine ways to increase the child’s quality of life. By tracking data on long-term outcomes of patients with congenital heart defects, we hope to improve treatments and care for future patients.

We’re working on tomorrow’s cardiac treatments
With your help, we’ll be able to advance lifesaving innovations in pediatric cardiology, including:

  • Research in cardiac care for congenital heart disease using 3D bioprinting and hardware-free biological pacemakers
  • Engineering a heart valve made of a patient’s own stem cells with 3D bioprinting, which will allow the valve to grow as a child grows, potentially reducing their need for valve-refitting surgeries and anti-rejection drugs
  • The development of biological pacemakers using a singular gene therapy to pace and regenerate the heart, keeping it free of hardware

Advancements like these today, along with financial support from people like you, will allow Children’s to provide outstanding cardiac care to Georgia’s kids tomorrow.

Cardiac Care Depends on You

Pediatric heart patients in Georgia overwhelmingly depend on Children’s. Don’t let them down.

Security guard pulling patients in wagon outside of hospital

The Future of Heart Care

With improved and expanded resources, the Heart Center will be able to provide even better care at the Arthur M. Blank hospital.