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Doctors at the Pediatric Congenital Heart Program at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone treat the most complex forms of congenital heart disease, performing nearly 250 operations annually. The program has the highest risk-adjusted survival rate of any hospital in New York State for pediatric patients, according to a report by the state’s Department of Health, which takes into account the complexity of care at the time of surgery, as well as the number of children treated for the condition at the institution.
Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital outperforms the national average for clinical outcomes, complication rates, and length of hospital stay, according to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. NYU Langone’s overall survival rate for pediatric cardiac surgery is 99 percent, compared with a national rate of 97.2 percent. For neonates, the survival rate is 96.2 percent, compared with a national average of 92 percent. For infants up to age 1, the survival rate is 99.5 percent, compared with a national average of 97.4 percent.
NYU Langone’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Tisch Hospital in Manhattan is designated by the New York State Department of Health as a Regional Perinatal Center for its expertise in delivering the highest level of prenatal and newborn care. The Level 4 unit has the most comprehensive status assigned by the American Academy of Pediatrics.