Technology and Treatments

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Heart Institute is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary cardiac center comprised of more than 13 services and programs grouped by cardiac specialty. Nationally recognized for its reputation for clinical excellence, patient safety and compassionate care, each program is staffed by leading pediatric cardiac physicians who are board certified and highly experienced in their respective medical specialty. By applying a truly collaborative approach, our cardiac team provides expert care to children, adolescents and adults with congenital and pediatric acquired heart disease.

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Cardiac Intensive Care

A portion of the intensive care unit (ICU) at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital is dedicated to cardiac patients recovering from major surgery or critical illness. Our 11-bed unit is led by Gerald Lavandosky, MD, a board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatrician specializing in pediatric critical care medicine.

Before and after surgery, young cardiac patients stay in dedicated pediatric intensive/cardiac care units, where our expertly trained, board-certified team of cardiac professionals provide round-the-clock care and monitor vital signs until the patient is ready to transition to another unit for recovery. The team is comprised of:

  • Pediatric critical care physicians (intensivists)
  • Pediatric cardiologists
  • Pediatric cardiac surgeons
  • Cardiac anesthesiologists
  • Cardiac nurses

These cardiac specialists communicate regularly with pediatric subspecialists and primary care physicians regarding the coordination of a patient's treatment, care, discharge and follow up.

During this critical time, our compassionate team of cardiac nurses and Child Life specialists—specially trained professionals whose goal is to reduce the stress and anxiety of hospitalized children and their loved ones—check in with patient's families to provide face-to-face updates on the status of their child. Nurse and specialists are also on hand to answer any questions that families might have about medical information or surgical procedures. This open line of communication empowers the entire family by providing them with firsthand information about their child's treatment and care.