At the UF Health Congenital Heart Center, we believe collaboration, communication and a commitment to quality improvement are keys to our excellent outcomes and enhanced quality of life for our patients and their families.
Celebrating 15 Years of Healing Hearts
This year, we are celebrating 15 years of healing hearts at the UF Health Congenital Heart Center. To mark the occasion, we are sharing your stories, updates from the congenital heart center team, and ways you can lend a hand to heal hearts forever!
The UF Health Congenital Heart Center is pleased to report that our practices will be increasing in-person visits while continuing, in some cases, to offer telehealth visits. It is important to know that we have implemented a number of measures to safeguard the health of our patients, visitors and caregivers. Please visit coronavirus.ufhealth.org for the latest updates and information about safety measures being taken at UF Health.
Please contact your provider to schedule an appointment and they will determine if a telehealth visit is right for you. View our telehealth section for assistance in how to prepare for and connect to a scheduled appointment. If you still need assistance, please contact our office.
We appreciate your trust in our clinical care and look forward to serving your health care needs.
At the UF Health Congenital Heart Center, our team provides a full range of services, including:
- Congenital heart surgery
- Heart and heart-lung transplantation
- Adult congenital cardiology
- Ventricular-assist device implants
- Transplant cardiology
- Pediatric cardiac intensive care
- Fetal cardiology
- Heart failure
- Noninvasive cardiac imaging
- Invasive electrophysiology
- Interventional cardiology
Our team also includes dedicated pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, pediatric cardiac perfusionists, pediatric cardiac critical care physicians and nurses; and physical, respiratory, occupational and speech therapists trained in pediatric cardiac care.
The pediatric cardiology & heart surgery program at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is ranked #7 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report,, and it is the highest-ranked program in Florida.
Facilities and After-Hours
Our facilities are located on the UF Health campus in Gainesville, Florida, and are easily accessed from I-75. If you have multiple appointments, UF Health provides free transportation services to and from UF Health Shands Medical Plaza to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
At our pediatric cardiology specialty clinics, we’re able to perform numerous diagnostic tests, including transthoracic echocardiograms, fetal echocardiograms, cardiac stress tests, perfusion scans, blood work and X-rays. On the children’s hospital campus, we conduct our cardiac MRIs and MRAs, cardiac CT scans, transesophageal echocardiograms, and diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations.
In January 2014, we opened our state-of-the-art pediatric cardiac intensive cardiac unit, including advanced technologies and family-centered patient rooms. The unit also features The Sunshine Gym, where patients can go for physical, occupational and speech therapy, which promotes and improves preoperative health and postoperative recovery.
We also offer pediatric cardiology services, such as echocardiography, EKGs and inpatient consultations, at UF Health Pediatric Specialties – Hailifax Health.
The UF Health Congenital Heart Center takes care of some of the sickest children in Florida and the southeastern United States, and we have excellent outcomes.
At UF Health, the center’s overall operative survival rates – averaging all Society of Thoracic Surgeons - European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Congenital Heart Surgery Mortality Categories – are above national average. During the period of January 2010 to December 2013, our survival rate was 98 percent; the national rate was 96.5 percent.
Have a Question or Would Like More Information?
Learning your child has a congenital heart defect is frightening. Finding the best care is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make, and it can be overwhelming and confusing. If you have a question that’s not answered here, please feel free to contact us via email or by calling 352.273.7770, or toll-free at 866.696.2333.
Patient and Family Resources
As an integral part of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, our center’s patients and their families can access many helpful resources, including:
- Quality and Patient Safety
- Extensive online patient guide and resources section
- UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital services guide
- Child Life Program
- UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine
- Support groups (Children’s Services, heart-related support groups, Streetlight)
- Pet Visitation Program
To obtain a copy of your medical records from UF Health Congenital Heart Center, please contact 352.273.7770.
Pay your billconsult our billing section.
Shands hospitals and UF Physician practices accept insurance from numerous providers, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, CIGNA, Humana, Capital Health, United Healthcare, Medicaid, and state and government services. For a full list of accepted plans visit our Insurance / Billing page.
Insurance acceptance varies between physicians and locations and is subject to change. To confirm that a specific physician will accept your insurance, please contact the practice using the telephone numbers listed at the top of the page. A representative will be happy to assist you.
Financial AssistancePatients who lack insurance coverage or are unable to pay their portion of the healthcare services they receive may qualify for financial assistance based upon their income level.
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