7-year-old Harli with her mom and dad

7-year-old Harli (pictured with her dad and mom) is cared for in our Herma Heart Center.

The Pulmonary Hypertension Program here at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has achieved a prestigious national distinction. We are only the fourth pediatric center in the United States — and the only one in Wisconsin — to be accredited by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) with its highest designation as a Center of Comprehensive Care.

What does this mean?

Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)The PHA only recognizes programs with track records of improving the outcomes of patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH), a debilitating disease of the lungs characterized by increased pressure in the blood vessels that makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood into the lungs. It can lead to death from heart failure. Being a Center of Comprehensive Care means we continually demonstrate that we make proper diagnosis of PH, and that we have the ability and capacity to care for PH patients.

It just illustrates the broad depth of care our patients in our Herma Heart Center receive. Our leading-edge, diagnostic expertise and treatment options help our patients with pulmonary hypertension live life to the fullest.

Watch Harli’s story

A great example of this is seen in the case of Harli, a 7-year-old ball of energy whose parents looked all around the country for help with their daughter’s condition before finally finding what they needed here at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. They traveled all the way from their Illinois home to share their story in the video above.

Edward Kirkpatrick, DO– Edward Kirkpatrick, DO, director of Pulmonary Hypertension Program, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Families worldwide trust the Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for compassionate, comprehensive and cutting-edge cardiac care for their children, before birth and into adulthood.

Learn more about Edward Kirkpatrick, DO.

 

 

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