As part of PC4, Norton Children’s Heart Institute shares and learns among the best

Michael D. Ruppe, M.D.

Norton Children’s Hospital is a member of the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4), focused on collaborative quality improvement in the delivery of care to patients with critical pediatric and congenital cardiovascular disease. Participating centers include more than 50 of the top children’s hospitals in the United States.

As a pediatric cardiac critical care physician, I see PC4 as an exciting movement toward cross-boundary partnerships among world-class institutions.

In the spirit of collaboration and evidence-based advancement, PC4 strives to collectively reduce length of stay, complications and death rates. A recent publication has demonstrated exactly that: improved surgical outcomes related to participation in this collaborative environment.

As part of PC4, Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, has been able to share best practices and model treatment strategies from

high-performing centers through PC4.

Within the past several years, projects have focused on practices to lower cardiac arrest rates, optimize the use of mechanical ventilation and minimize kidney injury following congenital heart surgery. Norton Children’s Hospital is actively engaged in many of these research endeavors to improve not only the care delivered locally, but to improve outcomes for all patients with congenital heart disease.

With low comparative rates of complications and death, Norton Children’s Hospital stands alongside world-class institutions striving to work constantly toward making patients better, faster.

This PC4 collaborative — and the support provided by Norton Children’s Hospital — embodies the efforts aimed at nothing less than the highest quality clinical outcomes for our patients.

Norton Children’s Hospital joined the consortium in 2018. Other hospitals in the PC4 collaborative include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Boston Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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