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Pediatric Patients Celebrate Annual Heart Party at CHAM

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More than 50 kids who received treatment at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) for a heart condition came together yesterday for a Heart Party—a time to celebrate life, recovery and reunite with cardiologists, surgeons, nurses and other members of their healthcare team.

The annual event is co-sponsored CHAM's nationally recognized Pediatric Heart Center and Harboring Hearts, an organization that provides financial assistance to patients awaiting or undergoing a heart transplant or critical cardiothoracic surgery.

The kids and their families enjoyed food, arts and crafts, dancing and even a special visit from Captain America!

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Christine A. Walsh, MD, Honored by Harboring Hearts

Dr. Walsh was honored at the Harboring Hearts' second Annual "Summer Soiree" at Chelsea's Rubin Museum of Art. Harboring Hearts is a charity dedicated to providing affordable, short-term accommodations, additional financial and emotional support for critically ill heart patients and their families, and it works closely with cardiology and transplant teams at top New York hospitals.

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Montefiore Wins ELSO Award for the Second Time in a Row

Montefiore has once again has been awarded the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Award for Excellence in Life Support for adult, pediatric and neonatal ECMO.

The ELSO Award signifies to patients and families a commitment to exceptional patient care in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). It also demonstrates to the healthcare community an assurance of high quality standards, specialized equipment and supplies, defined patient protocols, and advanced education of all staff members.

ECMO is a lifesaving mechanical assist device that delivers oxygen and blood flow to a child who does not respond to conventional medical therapy. CHAM’s results with ECMO have exceeded national benchmarks.

 

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Organ Donation Saves Little Girl’s Life

Two-year-old Lindsay Loeb received a heart from a generous family who lost their own daughter. This selfless gift saved Lindsay's life—a miracle that has bonded two families together forever.Watch this clip to meet the families, hear their heartfelt story and listen to Jacqueline M. Lamour, MD, Director, Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Therapies, explain why this is truly a case of inspired medicine.

View the story on katiecouric.com: Part 1 | Part 2

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Advocating for the Adult Congenital Heart Association in Washington, DC

Ali Zaidi, MD, Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, Montefiore, went to Washington, DC, to advocate for the Adult Congenital Heart Association. Patients and their families were pleasantly surprised to hear that a new adult congenital heart disease program was emerging at Montefiore. Follow this blog to read more: http://www.achaheart.org/home/blog/entryid/417/the-one-two-punch.aspx