Outstanding outcomes in children's heart care


Choosing where to bring your child for cardiovascular care is a major decision. We understand you want all the information you can get. And you want it in a clear, straightforward format that helps you make the right choice for your family.

That's why we share our outcomes with you in as clear and straightforward a way as possible. In medicine, "outcomes" measure the end results of a treatment. They're an objective way of gauging how good a hospital is at treating your child's condition. As you'll see, the cardiovascular outcomes at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota are great.

The numbers below help show you how Children's is delivering quality cardiovascular care.

survival rate1
Length of stay2

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Our hospital

99.6% 7.76 days
41 other children's hospitals 99.6% 6.22 days

Data source:
Children's Hospital Association

1 Survival rate is defined as the percent of people who survive to discharge home for a disease such as cancer.
Length of stay is the number of days that a patient is hospitalized for care in a single visit.

2010-13 survival rates by stat category

Treating simple to the most complex conditions for 30 years

*Our participation in the STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database, the largest database tracking outcomes for congenital cardiac conditions in the world, serves as a benchmark for quality improvement while comparing our outcomes against national data. Within the database, surgeries are assigned an STS-EACTS (STAT) Mortality Category from 1 to 5. The complexity of cases and risk of mortality increases with each STAT Category. STAT Category 1 includes cases such as ventricular septal defect (VSD) closures. Arterial switch operation is Category 3. The most complex cases, including the Norwood procedure, are included in Category 5.

Finding new ways to improve comfort and care

At Children's, we focus on research and innovations that make a difference at the bedside. From improving day-to-day quality of life for children and teens, to developing new pain management approaches and adopting cutting-edge technologies, our research is completely child and family-focused.

Children's is engaged in many types of research, including investigator-initiated studies (led by a Children's clinician), as well as externally sponsored multicenter trials, observational studies and registries.

Research studies are ongoing in all areas of the hospital and clinics, but read more about where our research has been published and presented below.


Meryl S. Cohen MD1, Anusha Jegatheeswaran, MD2, Jeanne M. Baffa, MD3, David B. Gremmels, MD4, David M. Overman, MD4, Christopher A. Caldarone, MD2, Brian W. McCrindle, MD, MPH2, Luc Mertens, MD, PhD2. Echocardiographic Features Defining Right Dominant Unbalanced Atrioventricular Septal Defect: A Multi-institutional Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society Study. Submitted to Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging 2012.

Overman DM. Invited Commentary. (Long term results of reoperation for left atrioventricular valve regurgitation after correction of atrioventricular septal defect). Annals of Thoracic Surgery. in press.

Han BK, Lindberg J, Grant K, Schwartz RS, Lesser JR. Accuracy and safety of high pitch computed tomography imaging in young children with complex congenital heart disease. American Journal of Cardiology 2011;107(10):1541-6.

Han BK, Lindberg J, Overman D, Schwartz R, Grant K, Lesser JR. Safety and Accuracy of Dual Source Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography in the Pediatric Population. Journal of Cardiovascular CT, June 2012(6) 252-259.

Han BK, Grant K, Garberich R, Sedlmair M, Lindberg J, Lesser J. Assessment of an Iterative Reconstruction Algorithm (SAFIRE) on Image Quality in Pediatric Cardiac CT Datasets. Journal of Cardiovascular CT, June 2012 (6) 200-204.



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