MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute recently received several national recognitions of excellence for programs focused on heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathies) and heart transplantation in children. These recognitions were as a Recognized Center of Excellence by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA), a recipient of the Vanguard Center Award from the Pediatric Heart Transplant Society, a Center of Care by the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) and a gold level Center of Excellence by the International Cardio-Oncology Society (IC-OS).
“I am so proud of what our team has accomplished and the national-level recognition we have received for the work we do for children every day,” said Jeffrey A. Towbin, MD, chief of Pediatric Cardiology, co-executive director of Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute, and medical director of the Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Program at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. “Thanks to the dedication of our specialized Heart Institute physicians and providers, we can provide a drastically higher quality of life for children with congenital or acquired heart disease, including cardiomyopathies, from birth to adulthood.”
These recognitions represent the high-quality care that Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute provides to children with cardiomyopathies or in need of heart transplant. These awards also acknowledge research efforts in these areas to improve the outcomes and treatments for various heart conditions and diseases.
“These national recognitions are a testament to the expert care that our Heart Institute provides to children with heart failure and those facing heart transplant,” said Le Bonheur President Michael Wiggins, DBA, FACHE. “I am excited about our Heart Institute continuing to grow in the coming years and increasing the number of children who can receive care from our experts.”
Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top pediatric cardiology programs in the country. Le Bonheur recently began construction to expand the hospital to meet growing needs for pediatric critical care. Plans include the creation of a 31-bed dedicated Cardiovascular Unit with an expanded Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) and cardiac step-down unit, and three cardiac catheterization laboratories including a cardiac catheterization-cardiac MRI combination laboratory. The expansion allows for more children to receive world-class treatment for decades to come.
About Le Bonheur Children’s:
Le Bonheur Children’s, based in Memphis, Tenn., provides expert care for children in more than 45 pediatric subspecialties, encompassing robust community programs, a pediatric research institute and regional outpatient centers in Jackson, Tenn., Tupelo, Miss., and Jonesboro, Ark. Le Bonheur also features a 255-bed hospital in Memphis and a 21-bed satellite hospital within Jackson-Madison Country General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. As the primary pediatric teaching affiliate for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur trains more than 350 pediatricians and specialists each year. Nationally recognized, Le Bonheur has been named a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital for 12 consecutive years and is a Magnet-designated facility, the ultimate credential for high-quality patient care and nursing excellence.
About The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
As Tennessee’s only public, statewide, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health through education, research, clinical care, and public service, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region. The main campus in Memphis includes six colleges: Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains medicine, pharmacy, and/or health professions students, as well as medical residents and fellows, at major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu. Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/uthsc, on Twitter: twitter.com/uthsc and on Instagram: instagram.com/uthsc.