What Sets us Apart

At University Children’s Health Heart Center, you can be confident your child is cared for by a team that’s recognized for outstanding patient outcomes, in a facility that offers the highest level of care, comfort and compassion for children with congenital heart defects.

Our Heart Center:
  • The only dedicated comprehensive inpatient and outpatient pediatric cardiac center in South Texas.
  • One of  19 programs in the nation designated as a Center of Excellence by Optum, Aetna and Superior Health Plan Insurance Entities, and one of only 3 in Texas.
  • The only program in the region with 2 pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons who are board certified in both adult and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery.
  • Offers specialized teams of pediatric heart specialists, cardiac nurses and respiratory therapists, as well as neonatal/pediatric transport teams.
  • Partners with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance to provide pediatric heart care to more children throughout the Rio Grande Valley region.
  • Patient outcomes that are among the best in the nation.
  • The only program in the region that publicly reports its outcomes data through the Society of Thoracic Surgeons database.
  • Offers treatment for children not available elsewhere as part of our clinical trials.

Superior Quality Measures

  • Our history of positive patient surgical outcomes far surpasses the national average.
  • We’ve been recognized as a Designated Center of Excellence by the nation’s top insurance carriers.
  • Our Heart Center is consistently in the top 2 in quality metrics in pediatrics when it comes to patient satisfaction, hand hygiene, central line infection and urinary catheter infection.
  • Intersocietal Accreditation Commission recognized Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory
  • Participant in the expanded NPC-QIC collaborative

Clinical Trials

As one of the nation’s leading academic programs, University Health System in partnership with UT Health San Antonio, is helping to develop new and better treatment options for pediatric and congenital heart disease.

Patients have the advantage of accessing one of the clinical trials occurring at our Heart Center. Congenital heart defect clinical trials are not right for every patient, and it’s important for families to understand their options and ask questions. Before you are asked to make any decisions, we will take the time to answer any questions and discuss all risks and benefits of the participation.

Contact us for more information about current clinical trials that are actively recruiting. You can also find more information about clinical trials from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the searchable database of clinical trials maintained by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.