For children who've received a life-saving congenital heart surgery at
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, American Heart Month holds
a very special meaning for them and their families. That's why they're
getting together this Sunday at the hospital's 14th Annual
Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Day Party, to bond with other
families and give thanks to surgeons and staff at the Children's Heart
The event will be filled with fun times and shared stories by families
and staffers alike, and is right on the tail-end of Congenital
Heart Defect Awareness Week on February 7-14. This special week
highlights a global awareness effort to help educate the public about congenital
heart defects, America's and every country's No.
1 birth defect.
About 500 children receive surgery each year to correct congenital
cardiac defects at Lucile
Packard Children's Hospital Stanford - a program annually ranked as
one of the nation's top 10. This party is not just a reunion for
families with a common, heartfelt connection. It's also a time to
celebrate the innovative treatment and care that allowed these kids to
"The party is a celebration of life, a way to make people aware of
congenital heart defects," said Deb Hanisch, a pediatric nurse
practitioner at the Children's
Heart Center and main organizer f the event. "I think that it's
wonderful that so many children born with heart defects are now
thriving, thanks to advances in medicine."
Dozens of families and kids of all ages will gather at Palo Alto's Lucie
Stern Community Center from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.to enjoy a jump house,
face painting, arts and crafts, heart-themed treats and plenty of
emotional reunions. Representatives of the Silicon Valley chapter of Mended
Little Hearts, a support program for parents of children with heart
defects and heart disease, will also be in attendance.
Join us for a few treats and to meet those for whom every day is a heart
About Stanford Children's Health and Lucile
Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
Stanford Children's Health, with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Stanford at its core, is an internationally recognized leader in
world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every
pediatric and obstetric specialty from the routine to rare, for every
child and pregnant woman. Together with our Stanford
Medicine physicians, nurses, and staff, we deliver this innovative
care and research through partnerships, collaborations, outreach,
specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 100 locations
in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, we are committed to
supporting our community - from caring for uninsured or underinsured
kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to helping re-establish school
nurse positions in local schools. Learn more about our full range of
preeminent programs and network of care at stanfordchildrens.org,
and on our Healthier,
Happy Lives blog. Join us on Facebook,
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the heart of
Stanford Children's Health, and is one of the nation's top hospitals for
the care of children and expectant mothers. We are the only children's
hospital in Northern California with specialty programs ranked in the U.S.
News & World Report Top 10 for 2013-14, and the only
hospital in Northern California to receive the national 2013 Leapfrog
Children's Hospital award for quality and patient care safety.
Discover more at stanfordchildrens.org.
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