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Children’s Heart Institute – Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

If your child is suffering from a complex heart condition, you are in good hands at the Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Every day, our affiliated doctors perform advanced surgeries and interventions to deliver successful outcomes for kids with heart disease. As leaders in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, we are giving new hope to families by providing the highest level of care.

Why choose the Children’s Heart Institute?

Through our collaboration with the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, our affiliated physicians use – often the first to apply – the latest techniques in pediatric cardiac interventions, surgeries and other treatments.

They are performing surgeries today that were recently thought unimaginable. These include the biventricular repair, biventricular conversion and ventricular recruitment, for some of the most complex diseases involving a single ventricle defect. As the only Center in Texas1 with the capability to provide these advanced treatment options, the team works to restructure the connections of the child’s heart into a normal, two-ventricle heart. This approach often reduces the need for future surgeries in children.

Our mission is to help your child get well, as quickly as possible, with the best possible outcome. We are here to serve you and your child.

About the Children’s Heart Institute ICU

The Children’s Heart Institute Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital features the most advanced technology and equipment for babies and children in need of specialized care. Part of the 30-bed pediatric intensive care unit, patients receive the highest level of care with immediate access to:

  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a life-saving technique that supports the function of the heart and lungs. ECMO allows an infant or child to rest while healing of the organs naturally takes place. As a high-volume program in Texas, the Pediatric ECMO Program supports approximately 30 children each year.
  • 24/7 access to our sophisticated, child-friendly cardiac catheterization lab. Affiliated physicians and clinicians perform over 400 cardiac catheterization procedures every year.
  • Family centered care that involves the participation of parents and caregivers in addition to the medical care team to achieve the best possible outcome for each child
  • Around-the-clock care by a team of specialists trained to care for complex congenital heart disease
  • Smooth transition into adulthood with co-management of adult congenital heart defects with our partners at the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute
  • Access to the seven-bed Ronald McDonald House of Houston for PICU families. This is located on the 9th floor of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital
  • The Children's Transport Team features a team of nurses, respiratory therapists, and physicians highly experienced in pediatric and neonatal critical care. The specialized team provides emergency pediatric and neonatal transport services for patients from infants to adolescents around the clock, 365 days a year, via air or ground transportation.

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is also home to an award-winning 118-bed Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), providing the highest level of care available for premature and critically-ill newborns.

Who will care for my child in the Children’s Heart Institute ICU?

Your child will be cared for 24/7 by a team of affiliated specialists, including critical care physicians, cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists, nurses, case managers, social workers, respiratory therapists, child life specialists, dietitians/nutritionists and physical and occupational therapists. The team is specially trained and highly experienced in treating children with heart disease. They work as one to provide complete care for your child, from diagnosis through treatment and long term recovery.

Family-centered Care

We believe one of the most important team members is you, the parent. Through multidisciplinary rounds, you will be involved in your child’s care and remain active in your child’s recovery, every step of the way.

Patient Stories


Hayes’ Story: Supravalvular Aortic Stenosis

Hayes appeared to be a perfectly healthy newborn. Three hours after birth, however, a nurse who was listening to his heart through a stethoscope heard an abnormal heart sound – a heart murmur – indicating a possible heart problem.

Read the full story »


Caleb’s Story: Successful Emergency Surgery for Obstructed Pulmonary Vein

A well-orchestrated chain of events saved the life of Caleb, a newborn with a rare and very serious congenital (present at birth) heart defect.

Read the full story »

Contact Us

If you have any questions, use the online tool below to help us connect with you. To schedule an appointment, please contact our clinic using the information below:

Contact Us

Pediatric Cardiology Clinic
The University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building
6410 Fannin, Suite 370
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 486-6755 (Appointment Line)

Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Clinic
The University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building
6410 Fannin, Suite 370
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 500-5746

1 As of March 2018.