C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Heart Center
Wolfson Children’s Hospital provides pediatric cardiology in partnership with University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville. Learn more
Our surgeons not only know how to operate, but they know which procedure is best for each individual’s situation and when it should be performed. The team uses advanced imaging techniques, including echocardiography, cardiac MRI and 3-D imaging, to help determine the right approach, resulting in some of the best pediatric heart surgery outcomes in the nation.
The cardiovascular surgery team has expertise with machines that mechanically support the heart and improve blood flow to the body before, during and after many heart surgeries. Ventricular assist devices can take over heart and/or lung function long enough for the heart to heal, or until your child gets a transplant.
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)
All heart surgery patients recover in our specialized CVICU just for children and some adults with congenital heart disease who require close care and monitoring following catherization procedures and surgical repairs. Our 12-bed CVICU features advanced monitoring and treatment technologies, and is staffed by congenital cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, critical care physicians, hospitalists and critical care nurses.
Quality and Outcomes
Our Terry Heart is dedicated to the very best cardiac care and outcomes for every patient. We believe that what gets measured always gets better and this focus on quality ensures the best care for our patients. Our outcomes are some of the best in the country, and we provide this information so you can make better decisions about your child’s care.
Overall Survival Rates for Pediatric Heart Surgery1
High-Complexity Stat 4 Heart Surgeries
High-Complexity Stat 5 Heart Surgeries
- Based on patient volumes for the last 4 years, totaling 766 cases
In our hybrid vascular operating room (OR), technologies and capabilities combine to create part imaging suite, part catheterization lab and part operating room. We no longer need to transfer the patient to different parts of the hospital for different procedures, resulting in enhanced patient safety and outcomes.
The real-time confirmation that repairs are working during the surgery also reduces the time a patient spends in the OR.
Soft Comfort Helps Surgery Patients
Cardiothoracic surgeons at Wolfson Children's perform delicate heart surgeries and patients benefit from their collaboration and years of experience. They are board certified in pediatric cardiac surgery and each performs an average of 100 heart surgeries a year.
The heart surgery team at Wolfson Children’s also includes six pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists who have specialized training to ensure your child’s comfort and safety. Other important members of the surgery team are cardiac nurses, cardiac nurse practitioners, cardiopulmonary perfusionists who operate ventricular assist devices, and many others.
Follow-up Care Near You
After your child recovers from heart surgery and is sent home, follow-up care won’t be far from home. In addition to Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, we have satellite locations throughout North Florida and South Georgia.
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