From newborns to adults, the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Congenital Heart Center brings world-class surgical options to West Michigan. Our congenital cardiothoracic surgeons have decades of combined experience in treating the most complex heart problems in children and adults.
We are one of the world’s leading centers in 3D echocardiography. Our cardiologists and surgeons utilize 3D-printing to assist and plan for complex congenital heart surgery.
Surgery for Pediatric Congenital Heart Defects
More than half of children born with congenital heart defects require surgery at some point. If your child requires heart surgery, the Congenital Heart Center will schedule a pre-surgery consultation to discuss your child’s diagnosis and treatment needs.
Our heart surgeons treat all conditions, including:
• Complex congenital heart defects
• Acquired heart defects
• Holes between chambers of the heart
• Abnormal heart valves
• Abnormalities of the major blood vessels
• Chest trauma
The Gerber Foundation Neonatal Center, the only Level-IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in West Michigan, offers the highest degree of quality care for at-risk newborns. We also have dedicated 12 beds in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to the care of infants and children with congenital heart disease or acquired heart disease.
Surgery for Adult Congenital Heart Defects
Individuals with congenital heart disease can also need surgery later in life. The Congenital Heart Center will schedule a pre-surgery consultation to discuss your diagnosis and treatment needs. After surgery, inpatient care is provided in the Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center.
- Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery - Volumes and Outcomes
- Surgical Survival Rate (2013-2016)
- Predicted vs. Actual Operative Mortality
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons categorizes surgical cases by increasing complexity. The table shows the surgical survival rates at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for increasing levels of complexity not adjusted for comorbidities.
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons mortality metrics takes into account how sick and fragile a hospital's patient population is in order to predict the expected outcome for that specific hospital. In this metric having a lower actual number than the STS predicted is preferred. Our Congenital Heart Center is one of 11 in the country to receive a three-star rating, the highest category of quality for congenital cardiovascular surgery.