We have identified a number of partners with the highest level of expertise to help care for your loved one when additional resources are needed. We always will discuss first with you the various options available for optimal care before we proceed. Our affiliate partners include:
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital: “Children’s” has fully functional Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in addition to its standard inpatient wards. We rely on their full range of subspecialists to help manage feeding issues, breathing issues, and other concerns that may be present in children with heart disease. Visit website.
University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville: UT also has a top notch Neonatal ICU to care for newborn infants with cardiac conditions. The UT Adult Congenital Heart Programs is currently being developed, with input from our practice, adult cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurses, social workers, and perinatologists (high risk obstetricians). Visit website.
Vanderbilt Pediatric Heart Institute: We are fortunate to have the Vanderbilt Pediatric Heart Institute, a nationally recognized pediatric cardiac center, located in Nashville, only 3 hours west of us. “Vandy” provides a full spectrum of cardiac care. Services include interventional cardiology (closure of septal defects (holes), widening of valves and vessels, etc.), electrophysiology procedures (to cure various heart rhythm abnormalities with a one day procedure), cardiac transplantation, and cardiac surgery. Drs. Christian, Mettler and Bichell are thoughtful, kind, and skilled surgeons who operate on nearly every type of heart defect, each with his (Drs. Bichell and Mettler) or her (Dr. Christian) own area of expertise. Visit website.
Other congenital heart centers where some of our families have received care include:
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
Sibley Children’s Heart Center in Atlanta