First integrated mental health care center for congenital heart care opened

The suffering of having a child with a congenital heart defect begins at the time of diagnosis and continues throughout life. Yet specialized mental health care for the children and their families is scarce in the United States.

As of Tuesday, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will provide that specialized care for babies and children with congenital heart defects and for their families, including parents and siblings and even parents-to-be who receive a prenatal heart diagnosis. The Heart and Mind Wellbeing Center at the hospital is the first of its kind in the United States, hospital officials said.

Cincinnati Children’s started the center as a way to provide comprehensive care consistent with the American Heart Association’s 2022 scientific statement of an unmet need for mental health care in this population.

First integrated mental health care center for congenital heart care opened

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