Children's of Alabama has been named an Accredited Center of Care by the Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF), a national nonprofit committed to improving the health outcomes for children with cardiomyopathy.
Cardiomyopathy is a chronic and potentially life-threatening heart condition that affects how the heart pumps blood through the body. Children's of Alabama received this recognition for consistently providing high-quality cardiac care and specialized disease management to children with cardiomyopathy.
Pediatric cardiomyopathy is a complex disease with only a quarter of those diagnosed having a known cause. Like other chronic diseases, pediatric cardiomyopathy requires a team approach to care as symptoms may need to be controlled by multiple medications, surgery, or implantable devices.
In 2018, Children's treated more than 230 patients with pediatric cardiomyopathy. The Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama at Children's of Alabama is one of the largest pediatric cardiovascular programs in the Southeast with a team of over 250 professionals.
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.