The Penn State Health Children’s Hospital Approach to Cardiology Care
Penn State Health Children’s Hospital has provided compassionate, expert heart care to children and adolescents throughout central Pennsylvania for more than 25 years.
Comprehensive Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosing and treating heart conditions takes an experienced, multidisciplinary team. Our team works together to provide testing and diagnosis, treatment and management of acquired and congenital heart disease as well as diagnosing and managing heart issues in babies before birth. Identifying and managing heart problems before a baby’s birth helps our doctors and families develop a treatment plan together. This prepares everyone for the newborn period and beyond.
Diagnostic tools to test for heart problems, include:
Holter monitor studies
Transesophageal echocardiograms (intra-operative diagnosis, guidance and monitoring)
Advanced Surgical Care
When surgery is necessary, our cardiologists work directly with the pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital to help develop a treatment plan. Our experts use 3D printing to create models of your child’s heart prior to surgery so they can understand and map out the surgery prior to the surgical procedure.
Our Experts in Pediatric Cardiology Care
Pediatric cardiologists at Penn State Health Children’s Heart Group provide specialized heart care for kids at several locations throughout Pennsylvania.
Why Choose Penn State Health Children’s Hospital for Cardiology
Families from across the region come to us to get unmatched cardiovascular care and services for their child.
Nationally Recognized Cardiovascular Care
Penn State Health Children’s Hospital offers a level of expertise and breadth of services you won’t find anywhere else nearby. You can count on top-quality care from an experienced team. We’re recognized as Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery.
Expert, Team-Based Care Designed for You
We bring together a team of experts to ensure you receive complete care and individual attention. Our cardiologists, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac intensivists who specialize in intensive care treatment, cardiovascular nurses, imaging technologists, pediatric weight management specialists, and cardiac genetic specialists work as a team to diagnose, treat and manage your child’s heart condition.
Cardiovascular Disease Research and Clinical Trials
Penn State Health is researching tomorrow’s tests, treatments and cures recognizing the signs of heart disease. At Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, we are dedicated to improving the understanding of diseases and enhancing treatment and prevention of childhood illnesses through our research. When you come here, you get the latest, researched-backed care. Find out if a clinical trial is right for you.
Structural defects of the heart (congenital heart disease)
Pediatric Cardiology Ancillary Team
Louise Albrecht, MEd, RD LDN CEDRD
Dolores Becker, RD LDN CEDRD
Amy Ethridge, MS, OTR/L
Clinical Psychiatric Specialist
Jennifer Wagner-Felker, MSW, LCSW
A camp for kids with special hearts
Camp Lionheart is a summer camp held annually for children 12 through 18 years of age with heart disease. Boys and girls with repaired congenital heart defects or cardiomyopathies have an opportunity to learn about their hearts and physical abilities in the company of other children with heart disease. The camp is held at Camp Kirchenwald, located near Colebrook PA (about 10 miles southeast of Penn State Health Children’s Hospital) each year during the last week of July.
Camp Lionheart provides these children with an opportunity to experience summer camp, meet other children who are facing the same or similar heart conditions and learn more about their own heart condition and living a full life with it.
Support groups provide children and their families an opportunity to connect with others in similar situations. Learn more about the support groups offered at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.
We have an active clinical science research program and frequently seek volunteers to participate in clinical trials. These studies help our scientists improve diagnostic techniques, develop better treatments, and collaborate with other researchers.