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Patient and Family Support at the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center

Support for the Whole Family

When your child needs treatment for cardiac issues, the whole family may need support. Our team at the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center provides patient- and family-centered care to support families at all stages of their child’s treatment.

Child Life and Social Work

Child Life Services

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Our Child Life specialists work in the inpatient and outpatient settings to enhance the emotional and social well-being of your child and family throughout your health care experience. The Heart Center has a dedicated Child Life specialist who supports our kids in all phases of their care.

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Social Work

A social worker will collaborate with your care team to assist in meeting any psychological, emotional, social and practical needs your child or family may have.

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Believe in Tomorrow Children's House

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Phone: 410-614-2560

The Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins is located at 1915 McElderry Street, across from the hospital’s Wolfe Street entrance. Heart families must live more than 30 miles or 30 minutes from the Children’s Center and be compatible with group living.

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Ronald McDonald House

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Phone: 410-528-1010 (ext. 0)

The Ronald McDonald House provides a temporary home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children. The Ronald McDonald House serves as a temporary residence near the hospital where family members can sleep, eat, relax and find support from other families in similar situations. A hospital social worker, unit nurse or doctor must refer the family.

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Hotels and Housing

Johns Hopkins has negotiated discounted rates for patients and families with a number of hotels near our hospitals. When requesting reservations, ask about specific offers for patients at the hospital you plan to visit..

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Dining, Services and Amenities

Baducci's Cafe

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has a number of services available to help your and your family's time here be as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Dining options range from a quick cup of coffee and grab-and-go meals to gourmet soups, salads and entrees.

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What to Expect at the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center

Your Appointment

A nurse, mom and newborn baby

With innovative therapies and child-focused care, the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center provides each infant, child or teen with a tailored plan, comprising the most effective diagnostic, medical and surgical approaches.

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Patient Stories

Our patients and families talk about their experiences at the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center in their own words.

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We Are Here to Help

  • Katie Swan, Clinical Operations Manager, Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center

    Katie Swan provides operational support and navigation to all Heart Center patients, families and providers. Whether scheduling appointments, procedures and surgeries or arranging housing, Katie’s role is to make your experience in the Heart Center as easy as possible.

    Katie Swan
  • Daniel McFarland, Assistant Administrator, Johns Hopkins Children's Center

    Daniel is an assistant administrator within the Children’s Center and the administrative lead for the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center. He works with all departments across the Heart Center ensuring the various team members have what they need to be successful. If you see him, say hello!

    Daniel McFarland
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