John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital has been named an Accredited Center of Care by the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF), a national nonprofit committed to improving the health outcomes and quality of life for children with cardiomyopathy. Oishei Children's Hospital joins only 38 other hospitals in the United States to receive this designation.
Cardiomyopathy is a chronic and potentially life-threatening heart condition that affects how the heart pumps blood through the body. Oishei Children’s Hospital received this recognition during Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month for consistently providing high-quality cardiac care and specialized disease management to children with cardiomyopathy.
Pediatric cardiomyopathy is a complex and variable disease with only a quarter of those diagnosed having a known cause. Like other chronic diseases, pediatric cardiomyopathy requires a team approach to comprehensive care as symptoms and complications may need to be controlled by multiple medications, surgery, or implantable devices. Ultimately, the type of cardiomyopathy and its severity will determine the treatment plan.
Led by Joseph Orie, MD, Medical Director of Pediatric Cardiology at Oishei Children’s Hospital, the cardiology team specializes in educational and support programs for patients with cardiomyopathy including: telemetry monitoring, transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiogram, cardiac catherization, cardiac MRI, formal exercise stress testing, and electrophysiological testing and defibrillator placement. The pediatric cardiology department is accredited in all of these disciplines.
The CCF accreditation program was established in 2017 to recognize excellence in diagnosing and treating pediatric cardiomyopathy and to provide families with standardized center information to assist them in selecting an expert treatment center in their area.
“We are glad that Oishei Children’s Hospital joins 38 other accredited centers across the U.S. and Canada that are all highly skilled and experienced in treating all forms of cardiomyopathy in children,” says Lisa Yue.
Center accreditation is based on a hospital meeting CCF’s criteria of managing a high volume of cardiomyopathy patients, offering a variety of pediatric services, specializing in the treatment and management of cardiomyopathy in children, and affiliation with an academic research institution.
To learn more, visit www.ochbuffalo.org/care-treatment/cardiology.