The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center performs hundreds of heart surgeries each year. And because quality of care is our highest priority, we monitor our cardiac surgical and non-surgical outcomes and volumes to provide accurate and up-to-date information to patients and their families. Our focus on outcomes strengthens our mission is to continually improve and help our heart patients live healthy lives.
To support our commitment to transparency, we publicly report our outcomes on our website and through the U.S. News & World Report, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) and the Conquering CHD Hospital Navigator. We also submit data to various clinical data registries and collaboratives, which allows us to compare ourselves to other pediatric heart centers to continuously improve the outcomes for our patients.
The clinical data registries and collaboratives include:
- Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Congenital Heart Surgery Database for surgical outcomes. The STS has the largest congenital heart surgery database in the nation. Data from more than 100 hospitals is captured by STS to compare outcomes between heart programs across the country. We compare our outcomes to other STS pediatric heart surgery centers.
- Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4) data registry for all medical and surgical patients admitted to a cardiac intensive care unit (CICU).
- Pediatric Acute Care Cardiology Collaborative (PAC3) data registry for all patients in a cardiac acute care unit (CACU).
- National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC), which encompasses clinical process and outcomes data centered on the care of infants with single ventricle heart disease from prenatal diagnosis through their first year of life.
- Improving Pediatric and Adult Congenital Treatment (IMPACT) data registry for pediatric and adult CHD patients who undergo diagnostic catheterizations and catheter-based interventions.
- Clinical Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative (CNOC) clinical registry, a multicenter, multinational, collaborative data resource that works to optimize neurodevelopmental outcomes for individuals with pediatric and congenital heart disease.
- Pediatric Heart Transplant Society (PHTS), an international prospective, event-driven database for children undergoing heart transplantation.
The Children's Heart Center is one of the largest pediatric cardiac programs in the country. We are top five in the nation for Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Cardiac Acute Care Unit (CACU) volumes, and we are top 10 in the nation for pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, pediatric heart transplant and catheterization procedure volumes.
View below for volume data for Children's cardiac procedures, cardiothoracic surgery cases and catheterization procedures.
Our survival rates by STAT category and one and three-year survival rates for heart transplant patients surpass the national average. Our average length-of-stay by STAT category is below the national benchmark, as our goal is to get our patients home as soon as possible.
View below for survival rates and length of stay by STAT category and one and three-year survival rates for heart transplant patients at Children's.
Survival Rates by Procedure
The following procedures are common cardiothoracic procedures used by STS to compare the performance of surgical centers across the country.
Our team works tirelessly to provide quality care to all patients treated at our Heart Center and take precautions to reduce the risk of infections. View below for Children’s CLABSI and surgical site infection rates.
The Future of Pediatric Care
Over the next few years, we are building a new, state-of-the-art campus designed to improve outcomes, help clinicians deliver high-quality care and develop innovative research so that our patients can live healthier lives.