When you learn about your child’s CHD from a pediatric cardiologist, they usually describe the type of care your child will need and suggest a hospital that treats the specific heart condition. After you absorb the news that your child needs heart surgery, you may wonder how to find the best place for your child’s care.
Many families choose to follow their physician’s hospital recommendation and most get excellent care. Some families do look at other options, and they may select a different hospital than the one their physician initially suggested.
Comparing hospitals, cardiac centers, or surgeons is very difficult because each one has many strengths. Ultimately, you need to decide on the one that feels right for you and your family.
There are many things to consider if your family wants to explore hospitals – including your values, beliefs, resources, and circumstances. There are also some basic things to look for as you research and evaluate other options.
Always talk with your pediatric cardiologist if you are thinking about changing the plan for your child’s care and going to another hospital. Your conversations with the physician who knows you, your family situation, and your child’s heart condition are the most reliable information you will get about how to find the best care for your child.