The Mid-South Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute earned accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), a nationwide organization focused on connecting patients, family members and health care providers to form a community of support and a network of experts with knowledge of congenital heart disease (CHD). The accreditation recognizes expertise in serving adults with CHD, structural heart conditions present at birth.
“Le Bonheur is dedicated to providing the best health care for children including those going into adulthood with congenital heart disease,” said Le Bonheur Cardiologist and Medical Director of Adult Congenital Heart Disease B. Rush Waller, III, MD. “Our ACHD program’s purpose is to ensure that patients with heart disease have easy access to lifelong care from cardiologists who are specially trained to care for their unique issues. We are very excited about this accreditation for our program.”
Le Bonheur received accreditation by meeting ACHA’s criteria, which includes medical services and personnel requirements, and going through a rigorous accreditation process, both of which were developed over a number of years through a collaboration with doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and ACHD patients. The Le Bonheur cardiologists in this program are also all board certified in adult congenital heart disease. Le Bonheur is one of 40 ACHA ACHD accredited programs throughout the United States.
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