The Heart Center

When you choose the Heart Center at Primary Children’s Hospital, you are choosing one of the best pediatric heart centers in the nation - a center that combines clinical excellence, cutting-edge innovation and compassionate care. We have a 16-bed cardiac intensive care unit located near two cardiac operating rooms, ensuring a smooth transfer of patients from surgery to intensive care. In addition to seeing patients at Primary Children's, we have 10 outreach clinics throughout the states of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Alaska.

We look to innovation - through both technology and the development of progressive programs - to better serve patients and continually improve care and outcomes. 

What Sets Us Apart

Multidisciplinary Care

More than 40 highly-skilled physicians work tirelessly to treat the most complex congenital heart conditions. They are supported by more than 300 staff members including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, cardiac sonographers, nurses, perfusionists, respiratory therapists, social workers, genetic counselors, child life specialists, and more. Collaboration and communication between these teams is essential, along with communication with families and referring physicians.

National Recognition & Accreditation

Primary Children's Hospital is nationally-ranked as a top children's hospital by U.S. News & World Report in nine specialties including Cardiology & Heart Surgery. The Heart Center is also currently ranked in the top ten for Best Children's Heart Care by Parent's Magazine, and our echo lab is accredited in transthoracic, transesophageal & fetal echocardiographic testing.

Research and Evidence-Based Care

Research plays a vital role in offering innovative care. In 2015, more than 50 research papers were published by our clinicians. Other research highlights include:

  • 1 of 2 institutions nationwide that participates in all three major research consortia for National Institutes of Health and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
  • 1 of 4 Cardiac Development Consortium sites
  • 1 of 5 participants in the Pediatric Cardiac Genomes Consortium
  • 1 of 9 facilities chosen as a core site of the Pediatric Heart Network 

Excellent Outcomes

We have some of the best survival outcomes in the country and get families out of the hospital sooner, which reduces stress on the family, improves care and lowers costs. As of June 2016, our overall cardiac surgery survival rate was 97.6% compared to the STS national average of 96.9%, and our cardiac intensive care unit length of stay average was 1.90 days compared to the PC4 median of 2.7 days.

What to Expect

How to Prepare For...

  • Adult Congenital Heart Clinic Visit
  • General Cardiology Clinic Visit
  • Catherization Lab Procedure
  • Exercise Test
  • Fetal Echocardiogram
  • Marfan Subspecialty Clinic Visit
  • Pacemaker Clinic Visit 
  • Post-op Clinic Visit
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic Visit 
  • Sedated Echocardiogram 
  • Transplant Clinic Visit
  • Turner Subspecialty Clinic Visit

Before Your Appointment

At least one week prior to your scheduled clinic visit, please be sure to have your or your child’s medical records faxed or mailed to the Pediatric Cardiology office from their referring physician’s office. This allows enough time for your records to be processed and reviewed in advance by your cardiologist.

Records can be mailed to:
Primary Children’s Outpatient Services
Pediatric Cardiology
81 N. Mario Capecchi Drive, 4th Floor
Salt Lake City, Utah 84113

Records can be faxed to (801) 213-7778.

Conditions and Treatments:

Billing

You may have more than one bill associated with your visit to the Heart Center. Services provided by the facility will be billed by Intermountain Healthcare. Services provided by your cardiologist will be billed separately by University Medical Billing. For example, if your clinic visit includes an echocardiogram, it will generate a technical fee that will be billed by the hospital. The cardiologist’s professional interpretation of the echocardiogram will be billed by University Medical Billing.

Patients seen at the Cardiology Clinic at Primary Children’s Riverton facility will receive one bill for both the professional component and technical charges from University Medical Billing.

Your insurance may or may not cover clinic services. Check with your insurance provider to confirm coverage. 

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