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The UF Health Congenital Heart Center offers patients of all ages comprehensive care for congenital heart disease and acquired pediatric heart diseases. We provide the best heart care possible in a safe, compassionate environment. Our fully integrated approach involves all clinical pathway components for each child and adult with congenital and acquired heart disease.

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Services & support

Our clinical care, labs, and community partners help provide you with continuous support.

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Outcomes

We take care of some of the sickest children in the southeastern US, and we have excellent outcomes.

Pediatric Celebration Huddle

Help us heal hearts forever

There are many ways that you can make an impact for the patients receiving care at the UF Health Congenital Heart Center.

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Pediatric cardiology badge 2023-2024

Excellent care is at the heart of what we do, that’s why UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is named as one of the nation’s best pediatric cardiology and heart surgery specialty programs, according to the 2023-24 U.S. News & World Report Rankings.

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Support Groups

A support network can be so helpful and important in navigating a patient through treatment. Support helps you not just live, but thrive and stay positive.

Emotional support for your child is key, but parents cannot forget to take care of themselves. Most importantly, parents of children with a congenital heart defect should not blame themselves. CHDs are the most common type of birth defect in the United States. Children affected with CHDs are living longer and healthier lives.

Parents should ask questions, learn about the heart condition and seek support whenever possible. Family and friends can be a great resource for helping with child care and other tasks. Parents should stay energized and healthy by keeping up with their own sleep and nutrition. Taking an occasional break from caregiving can help you do so.

Reaching out to a support group early on can be very beneficial for parents of children with CHDs. Here are several resources and support groups available to patients and families.

Camp Boggy Creek

Camp Boggy Creek is a year round camp serving seriously ill children throughout Florida. There is no charge to come to camp.

The Ronald McDonald House

A “home-away-from-home” for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at local hospitals in North Central Florida.

Mended Little Hearts

Mended Little Hearts is a support program for parents of children with heart defects and heart disease.

Meet Noah

New parents Debra and Zak Jarabat were overjoyed by the birth of their first child, Noah, a beautiful baby boy born with all his tiny fingers and toes perfectly formed, and his every breath a precious moment for his adoring parents.

Noah Jarabat

Meeting your health care needs

  • Medical Imaging Services

    UF Health offers day-of, on-site imaging services in a qualified medical center.

  • Med to Bed

    Meds to beds is a bedside free service designed with your convenience in mind. Our meds to beds program allows a pharmacist to deliver your medications to you prior to your discharge from the hospital.

  • Outpatient Lab Services

    Full-service, on-site lab services and testing for your convenience.

  • Patient Blood Management

    Safe, effective medical and surgical techniques designed to prevent anemia and decrease bleeding during a procedure.

  • Pharmacies

    Accepts most prescription plans; competitive prices; on-site.

  • UF Health Midwifery Group

    Exceptional, individualized, compassionate and evidence-based midwifery care.

For your convenience and peace of mind

  • Accessibility

    Aids and services are available to help people with disabilities communicate effectively.

  • ATM and Banking

    Many of UF Health's properties have various branch ATMs and/or branch offices.

  • Baby-Changing Station

    Baby-changing stations are available in many of UF Health's restrooms.

  • Caremail (Email Service)

    Friends and family can send messages to any UF Health patient through the CareMail service.

  • Coffee

    Options include Opus Coffee and Starbucks in the hospital atriums.

  • Free Wifi

    Patients and guests get free wireless internet access at UF Health hospitals.

  • Gardens and Outdoor Spaces

    The Garden of Hope, Sun Terrace, and other spaces help patients and families relax.

  • Gender-Neutral Restroom

    Gender-neutral, public restrooms are located throughout UF Health's properties.

  • Gift Shops

    The Gift Stops offer a wide variety of gifts and products for patients and families.

  • Interpreters / Hearing Impaired

    UF Health provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English.

  • Medical Records

    You can download a form or call (352) 594-0909 to have medical records mailed or faxed.

  • Notary Public

    Notary services are available to patients and visitors Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Smoke-Free

    Smoking, chewing tobacco, or using electronic cigarettes is prohibited on UF Health properties.

  • Social Services

    Social workers are part of the patient's care team and work with medical staff and nurses.

  • Virtual Care

    In some cases, UF Health offers telehealth care via a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.

  • Virtual Visitation

    In some cases, UF Health offers telehealth visits via a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.

  • Dining Options

    Some cafeterias have all-day menus, while others have grab-and-go stations.