Quality and Outcomes Reports - Herma Heart Center
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic - Volume
Why we measure it - Due to advancements in surgical techniques and specialized care, more infants born with congenital heart disease are now living into adulthood. The Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) program at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee was created to bridge the gap for heart patients transitioning from pediatric to adult care. Herma Heart Center is home to three of 40 specialists nationwide who dedicate their time to caring for adults with congenital heart disease. Our specialists saw over 1,000 patients in 2012.
What this means - Research shows that physicians and hospitals that treat a large number of patients tend to provide better care and have improved outcomes for treatments and procedures. Since 2010, our ACHD specialists have seen over 1,000 patients a year.
About the data - This graph includes new and follow-up clinic visits for patients older than 18 years of age with congenital heart disease or connective tissue disorder who have been seen in the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program.
What we're doing to provide the best care:
- Children's Hospital has the sixth largest ACHD program in the country and the only one of its kind in Wisconsin.
- Our multidisciplinary approach brings together a team of experts from a variety of specialties to identify, manage and treat each patient's unique needs. Specialists include cardiologists, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, nurses, social workers and other medical team members as needed.
- We offer many outreach facilities and surgical sites to reduce the number of trips families need to make to our Milwaukee hospital location. Our specialists travel to or are located in several cities throughout Wisconsin and in Crystal Lake, Illinois to provide care close to home. In addition to the main location in Milwaukee, we offer other clinics in Fond du Lac, Kenosha, New Berlin, Neenah and Waukesha. We also perform some surgeries if needed at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee as well.
- We train the future generation of providers to care for the ever-growing population of adult congenital heart disease patients by offering the only ACHD fellowship program in the state of Wisconsin.
- Our ACHD program was awarded two highly competitive grants from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to support ongoing research initiatives. Dr. Earing and his team have published more than 44 research articles on ACHD in the past 8 years.
- Our ACHD program is a member of the Alliance for Adult Research in Congenital Cardiology, the only multicenter research group in the United States dedicated to advancing research about adults with congenital heart disease.
- We are currently recruiting patients for several studies that are looking at long-term health problems in adults with congenital heart disease. This includes kidney, liver and lung function, neurologic outcomes and overall quality of life. For more information about these studies, contact Michael Earing, MD at (414) 266-1608 or send him an email.
Patients and families:
- If you need to schedule or reschedule an appointment, please call Central Scheduling at (877) 607-5280 or (414) 607-5280 as soon as possible.
- Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so we can gather needed information from you before you see the doctor.
- Bring the name, address, phone and fax numbers of your primary care and/or referring doctor so we can update them appropriately on your care.
- Bring a full list of the medications you are taking including over-the-counter medicines such as vitamins and supplements.
- Referring physicians can access our specialists for consultation or transport 24 hours a day. Call our physician referral line at (800) 266-0366.
- Health care providers from outside of our southeastern Wisconsin service area are encouraged to use our web-based
e-Consult service. This service is available for non-urgent patient cases only and gives providers access to our specialists to review patient cases, obtain medical advice or second opinions, and receive care recommendations for rare symptoms and illnesses.
e-Consult is not to be used by the general public, parents/guardians or families.
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