By the Numbers

* "By the Numbers" data for January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022, in line with the last U.S. News and World Report Survey 

  • Number of cardiac surgeries performed: 263, including four heart transplants
  • Total transplants since program inception in 1990 (until Dec. 31, 2022): 382 
  • Piccolo implants as of the end of FY23: 65, including 16 on oscillating ventilation, presented at an international meeting 
    “Congenital and Structural Interventions” in Frankfurt, Germany, June 28-July 1 
  • Number of cases treated in cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab): 646 
  • Valve implants in the cath lab: 25 
  • Two rooms, including one state-of-the-art hybrid cardiac cath lab, resulting in less time under anesthesia and faster recovery 
  • Participating in three separate clinical trials through cath lab work: Alterra PAS, PIVOTAL, PEACE and COMPASSION S3 
  • Maintained an average of 91st percentile patient experience in CVICU 
Cardiology Outcomes graphic.

Awards and Achievements

  • 2023-2024 USNWR rankingBest Children's Hospitals - US News & World Report - Cardiology
  • Transition from Heart Center to Heart Institute in 2021
  • Placed first Impella 5.5 VAD in hybrid cath lab
  • PHTS Vanguard Center Award for outstanding contributions to the Pediatric Heart Transplant Society Registry
  • Surgical outcomes and length of stays that continue to beat our peers
  • Redesignated Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for distinguished patient care in Cardiovascular Intensive Care Units
  • Launched Project Adam

Cardiology Service Chief

Paul Seib, M.D."Arkansas Children's Hospital is unique in our staff's care, love and hope. I have practiced cutting-edge care for 30 years at ACH, and I'm proud that children across the region can receive world-class care close to home, from prenatal identification of heart disease to surgical care at birth and continued care through adolescence and adult life. We are performing impactful research and training the next generation of pediatric cardiologists who will practice throughout Arkansas and the region for generations to come."

Paul Seib, M.D.
Pediatric cardiologist, Arkansas Children's Hospital
Chief of pediatric cardiology
David and Stephanie Clark Endowed Chair in pediatric cardiology
Professor of pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 

Meet MacKenzie

MacKenzie was the first pediatric patient sent home on a VAD in the state of Arkansas.

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Meet J.T.

During a basketball game, J.T.'s life was saved by AED training provided by Arkansas Children's Hospital's Project Adam program. 

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