VFN is excited to highlight the history and partnership between UVM Children’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Pediatric Cardiology group. If you are planning a trip to Boston Children’s Hospital for care, check out some helpful information in our Travel Guide for Vermont Families Receiving Services from BCH. Read more to learn about this collaboration as shared by Dr. Scott Yeager, Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiology and Professor at UVM’s College of Medicine:
The close association between the Pediatric Cardiology group at UVM MC and Boston Children’s Hospital dates from 1964, when Dr. Arthur Levy, an adult cardiologist at the University of Vermont, committed to spend 2 years at Boston Children’s Hospital, learning the new and emerging field the pediatric cardiology. Dr. Levy returned to Vermont and began a dedicated congenital heart clinic in Burlington. Since then, 3 other pediatric cardiologists from Vermont have been trained at Boston Children’s Hospital.
This close association has continued to grow as the care of children with congenital heart disease has become more complex and regionalized. Currently, about 75 children annually are referred from Vermont for cardiac surgery or high risk interventional procedures. Our 4 pediatric cardiologists and our nurse clinician are in touch with their counterparts at Boston Children’s Hospital almost daily. We are continually sharing medical images and data, and discussing patient management. Additionally, Dr. Ed Walsh, the chief of the cardiac arrhythmia service at Boston Children’s, travels to Burlington 4 times per year to see patients with complex heart rhythm disturbances or pacemakers.
This close network allows patients to seamlessly move between the 2 health care systems, and we have well-established social support to assist our patients through these often stressful experiences. Our inter-institutional relationship ensures that we continue to offer the most current, state-of-the-art, quality care for Vermont’s infants, children, and young adults with congenital heart disease.