The Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at Ochsner Hospital for Children is a state of the art 12-bed inpatient unit that provides cardiac critical care to pediatric patients from birth to adulthood. In this dedicated unit, a team of pediatric cardiac intensive care physicians work closely with a specialized team to provide around the clock care for our patients with both congenital and acquired heart disease.
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We are the only unit in the gulf south with a robust Pediatric Heart Transplant program with utilization of mechanical support such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) or ventricular assist devices (VAD). Ochsner Hospital for Children’s Congenital Heart Team provides comprehensive surgical care - performing over 200 cases per year - as well as a wide range of cardiac conditions including arrythmias, cardiomyopathy and heart failure, heart transplants and infections of the heart.
Every patient has a private room, which is acuity adaptable to meet the patient’s needs. All rooms are equipped with a Family Zone, which provides a comfortable space for parents and caregivers. At Ochsner Hospital for Children, we believe in family-centered care, allowing parents to be actively involved and fully understand their child’s treatment plan of care during their hospitalization.
Our multidisciplinary team includes doctors trained in pediatric cardiac critical care, pediatric critical care, pediatric cardiology and pediatric cardiac anesthesia who work alongside our cardiac surgeons. Our CVICU team participates in national quality initiatives and has been recognized for their ability to prevent complications such as infections and pressure ulcers. With a team of highly specialized nurses, therapists, pharmacists and advanced practice providers, we strive to provide top-quality care for our patients in Louisiana and across the Gulf South.
- Lutifat Kashimawo, MD
- Joyce Varghese, DO
- Jessica Hahn, MD
- Israel Temple, MD
- Catherin Gretchen, MD
- Ashley Scheffer, MD
- Emily Avgerinos, MD
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