The Pediatric Heart Program of Georgia

"Everyone at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia’s Pediatric Heart Program made us feel so loved and so comfortable and confident in their ability. They let me know every aspect of what was going on at every moment. Now Karaleigh is healthy, happy—our wild child. She has this beautiful little war wound across her chest and she's so proud of it and we are too."

—Brandi Mills, cancer survivor and mom of Karaleigh, who was born with a rare type of congenital heart defect that required open-heart surgery when she was just 15 months old


The Children’s Hospital of Georgia is one of only three health systems across Georgia and South Carolina with a specialized pediatric heart program that includes pediatric cardiology and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery.  

That’s saying a lot, especially when you consider that congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting 40,000 babies born in the U.S. every year.

Our program here at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia is truly comprehensive. We have made an investment to provide specialized care that is centered around our pediatric cardiac patients and their loved ones. We work hard to ensure every aspect of our team is focused on the best and brightest future for your child.

Highlights of our program at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia:

1 of only 3 pediatric cardiothoracic surgery programs across Georgia and South Carolina

Many patients diagnosed with a congenital heart defect will require surgery at some point during their life. Our neonatal and congenital cardiothoracic surgery department here at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia provides quality care with nationally recognized outcomes.

An experienced and trained cardiothoracic surgery team

Here at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, we use a multidisciplinary approach to every aspect of your child’s care from diagnosis to the intraoperative and post-operative periods. Our team includes pediatric cardiothoracic anesthesiologists, who have extensive training in the complex management of these complex diagnoses.

A dedicated maternal-fetal medicine program to care for our fetal pediatric cardiology patients

When an obstetrician suspects a congenital heart defect, specialized care by maternal-fetal medicine physicians and pediatric cardiologists are essential. Our physicians work together to develop a customized treatment plan to manage both maternal and fetal cardiology aspects during pregnancy and determine the proper method of labor and delivery.

A Level IV (highest level) neonatal intensive care unit

The highly specialized care provided by our NICU staff here at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia is designed to deliver acute care to meet the needs of your child at the most critical times during his or her heart journey.

A nationally recognized pediatric ECMO and perfusion program

The team at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia is trained to provide life-saving care for your child inside and outside the operating room. The Children’s Hospital of Georgia has earned the Award for Excellence in Life Support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization for the past five years. U.S. News and World Report and Parents magazine recognizes the ELSO Award as criteria for top pediatric hospitals.

Here at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, mother and baby can receive care under one roof

The labor and delivery department at the Augusta University Medical Center is only steps down the hall from the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. This makes recovery and treatment more comforting and convenient for mothers, babies and families.  This is just another way that we at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia are dedicated to including families in their child’s heart care.

A brand new Ronald McDonald House located steps away from our children’s hospital

Families never have to worry about traveling long distances with no place to stay or expensive lodging costs. Our Ronald McDonald house, located steps away from our front entrance, provides a home away from home for our heart families.

Support from families who have walked in your same shoes

The Children’s Heart Program Volunteer Council is made up of patients and families who have been treated here at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia for congenital heart defects.  This nonprofit organization provides support and comfort during your child’s heart journey. Along with our wonderful staff here at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, the CHPVC is another group that makes sure you are taken care of during your stay with us.