Joint Heart Program with Kentucky Children’s Hospital

Joint Heart Program.

Innovative collaboration brings advanced pediatric heart care close to home for patients in Kentucky


Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute and UK HealthCare Kentucky Children’s Hospital have joined forces to provide advanced care for patients in Kentucky with congenital and acquired pediatric heart disease. Patients range from newborns to adolescents, and adults with congenital heart disease. 

The collaboration offers the full spectrum of pediatric heart services, combining the strength of Cincinnati Children’s nationally ranked heart care experts with UK HealthCare’s advanced subspecialty care.

Joint Heart Program.

Right Care in the Right Place at the Right Time

This program is a collaboration at every level, from planning to medical care and research. The care teams at both institutions will collaborate on interventional and surgical cases. Procedures will be performed at the location most appropriate for the patient and their family.

The first surgery at UK HealthCare in Lexington is expected to take place in spring 2017. Many patients from Kentucky with complex heart conditions have already received their surgical, heart catheterization and electrophysiology care at Cincinnati Children’s while receiving follow-up care with their physician closer to home.

Additional collaborations include:

  • Multidisciplinary training and education for program faculty and staff at both institutions
  • Joint teaching conferences
  • Clinical research projects

James Quintessenza, MD, is chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. He also performs cardiothoracic surgeries at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Quintessenza has extensive experience and expertise as a cardiac surgeon, and a long track record of leadership in the field.

Contact Us

To learn more about the pediatric heart care program, please call:

  • Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute: 877-881-8479
  • Kentucky Children’s Pediatric Cardiology: 800-888-5533

Heart Institute Specialists