The cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) at the ACH Heart Center was one of the first dedicated ICU's in the region to provide care to neonates, children and adolescents with congenital or acquired heart disease.

We provide specialized inpatient care to more than 600 patients annually. Since our 1999 move to our Heart Center inpatient facility, we have expanded to include 15 CVICU beds. Another 16 monitored beds are available in the Heart Center for hospitalized patients who are not in critical status. Patients admitted for surgery receive all inpatient care in the Heart Center. At the foundation of the Heart Center's CVICU program is our team of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other support staff - all specialists in caring for children critically ill with heart disease, including:

  • Cardiac transplant patients
  • Neonates with congenital heart defects
  • Arrhythmias (abnormal heart rate and rhythm
  • Severe cyanosis requiring medical intervention
  • Congestive heart failure due to any cause (e.g. myocarditis, cardiomyopathies, etc.)
  • Patients requiring cardiac catheterization
  • Patients recovering from surgical repair for all types of congenital heart defects

The Heart Center CVICU Team

  • Medical director, Parthak Prodhan, MBBS
  • Team of eight attending cardiologists/intensivists
  • 24/7 in-house coverage of the intensive care unit by attending physicians
  • Eight advanced practice nurses supporting the CVICU's attending physicians
  • Daily team rounds including intensivists, cardiologists, surgeons, advanced practice nurses, pharmacologists, social workers and specialty nurses

ACH Verified as Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center

At Arkansas Children’s we understand that surgery can be frightening for you and your child. Our goal is to make your child’s visit as safe, convenient and as comfortable as possible. Our team of highly qualified surgeons take a family-centered approach to care, so you are informed of what to expect before, during and after surgery. Recognized by the American College of Surgeons, our Level I verification represents the highest level of recognition for hospitals that perform complex surgical procedures in newborns and children.

Meet the Team

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