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The Pediatric Cardiology Program provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment and long-term follow-up care for infants, children and adolescents with all types of acquired and congenital cardiac conditions.
Our team has particular expertise and achieves excellent outcomes in several areas, including percutaneous transcatheter (minimally invasive) procedures, echocardiography, fetal echocardiography, lipid disorders and adult congenital heart disease.
Cardiology services include:
As a separate but fully integrated part of Massachusetts General Hospital—a pioneer and leader in the treatment and research of cardiac disease—Pediatric Cardiology offers patients and their families the best of both worlds, including:
All of this—and much more—is provided within the family-friendly setting of a pediatric “hospital within a hospital.” Outpatient services are provided in the beautiful new Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care and many other convenient locations in Massachusetts. Inpatient care is provided in spacious, up-to-date units that were specifically designed to appeal to children and meet the unique needs of pediatric patients and their families.
Patients undergoing diagnosis and treatment in Pediatric Cardiology also benefit from having access to all the advanced technologies available at Mass General—technologies that, in some cases, might not otherwise be available to pediatric patients.
The size of the Pediatric Cardiology practice fosters a sense of intimacy that is very reassuring to both parents and children, and encourages close communication among the multidisciplinary specialists involved in each child’s care, including referring physicians.
Our commitment to clinical excellence, combined with our focus on understanding and addressing the unique needs of each patient and family, is one of the reasons parents are highly satisfied with the care their child has received.
The cornerstone of Pediatric Cardiology is our closely knit multidisciplinary team of physicians and other pediatric care providers, who work collaboratively to provide personalized care for each patient.
This team includes not only highly experienced board-certified pediatric cardiologists, all of whom are on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, but also cardiac anesthesiologists, nurses, intensivists, social workers, child life specialists, case managers, chaplains, dietitians and others. All of these dedicated professionals specialize in the management of pediatric patients.
A physician member of this team communicates regularly and works collaboratively with the referring physician and patient’s family to ensure that each child’s care is well-coordinated, whether the patient is an inpatient, outpatient or back at home. We understand the important role of referring physicians in the patient’s and family’s life, and return patients to their care as quickly as possible.
While every member of the patient’s care team is vitally important, we are especially proud of our pediatric nurses, whose dedication and expertise helped make Mass General a Magnet Hospital—the state’s first—which is the highest honor for nursing excellence.
Pediatric Cardiology offers a comprehensive range of services to meet the unique needs of each patient and family from before birth and continuing throughout childhood and adulthood.
Through regular, interdisciplinary meetings and close collaboration, all of these services are seamlessly integrated so that each patient’s care is always well-coordinated and the patient’s family and referring physicians are kept well-informed.
Congenital heart malformations are among the most common and can be associated with poor health consequences. The General Pediatric Cardiology Program offers outpatient pediatric cardiology services for children with or suspected of having congenital heart disease, as well as other cardiac problems. We frequently see patients for conditions such as congenital heart disease, arrhythmias, murmurs, suspected Kawasaki Disease, fainting, breathing difficulty, chest discomfort symptoms, exercise-related complaints, abnormal tests suggesting heart disease, and children with a family history concerning for heart disease, among other things. Outpatient services are provided in the beautiful new Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care and many other convenient locations in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.
We offer an Inpatient Pediatric Cardiology Service that provides care to children in the pediatric emergency department, pediatric wards, pediatric intensive care unit, well baby nursery, and neonatal intensive care unit. We care for infant and pediatric patients with congenital heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, myocarditis, Kawasaki's disease, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy to name a few. This service provides advanced inpatient services including advanced cardiac imaging, pediatric cardiac critical care including cardiac management of infants and pediatric patients on extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). The service is staffed by cardiologists who are board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology, and Pediatric Critical Care and includes our Pediatric Cardiac Nurse Practitioner. We work closely with our families and other pediatric subspecialties to ensure all of our patients needs receive the highest level care. Inpatient care is provided in spacious, up-to-date units that were specifically designed to appeal to children and meet the unique needs of pediatric patients and their families.
Our 14-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit provides monitoring and life-sustaining treatment for critically ill infants, children, and adolescents. Our PICU offers advanced cardiovascular, neurological and respiratory support, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which was pioneered at Mass General. All PICU attending physicians are trained in pediatric critical care medicine, and cardiac patients are followed by a dedicated cardiac intensivist as well as their pediatric cardiologist.
Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides critical care to premature and critically ill neonates. The NICU has 14 licensed ICU beds and four intermediate-care beds. This Level III unit provides the most advanced technological resources for cardiac patients, including ECMO, inhaled nitric oxide, total body hypothermia, and the specialized expertise of a multidisciplinary neonatology team that includes a cardiac intensivist, as well as the Heart Center attending involved in the infant’s care.
In both the PICU and NICU (as well as general inpatient pediatric units), parents or guardians are welcome at any time, and may stay overnight at their child’s bedside in comfortable sleep chairs or day beds. Parents and family members have access to free wireless Internet service, and there is a children’s play area to help keep siblings occupied.
MassGeneral Hospital for Children offers a wide range of services and programs designed to help patients of all ages and their family members understand and cope with the diagnosis and treatment of a cardiac condition.
A Family Support Group gives parents, including those with a prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease, an opportunity to share experiences and advice, and provide each other with emotional support.
Our other services include pre-admission tours for children and families, one-on-one and group educational programs and a School Re-Entry Program.
Additional services available to MGHfC patients and families include:
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Kateri McGuinness, NP
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If your child has never been seen at Massachusetts General Hospital and does not have an Mass General medical record number, please call 866-211-6588 to obtain one before calling the Access Center to schedule an appointment.
Boston*MassGeneral Hospital for ChildrenYawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Suite 6C55 Fruit StreetBoston, MA 02114T: 617-726-3826
BraintreeMassGeneral for Children South Shore340 Wood Road, Suite 204Braintree, MA 02184T: 781-884-6900
ConcordMassGeneral for Children at Emerson Hospital's Center for Specialty Care54 Baker Ave. Ext.Suite 302Concord, MAT: 978-287-8503.
DanversMass General / North Shore Center for Outpatient Care102-104 Endicott StreetDanvers, MA 01923T: 978-882-6999
LawrenceMassGeneral for Children at Lawrence General Hospital1 General StreetLawrence, MA 01842T: 617-726-3826
Newton*MassGeneral for Children at Newton-Wellesley Hospital2014 Washington Street, 6th SouthNewton, MA 02462T: 617-243-6585
Salem*MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Children's HospitalGloria Walls Building57 Highland AvenueSalem, MA 01960T: 978-354-2760
Nashua, NH*MassGeneral for Children at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center 8 Prospect StNashua, NH 03060T: 603-577-5360
*Fetal ultrasound is available at these locations.
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