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Optum Creates Database for Children’s HeartLink

We have an ambitious plan to train more medical teams each year, to provide high-quality care for children with heart disease in underserved countries. For effective planning and results, we track data about our training in our partner hospitals and their progress. UnitedHealth Group’s division Optum selected Children’s HeartLink to participate in the OptumInsight Impact pro … Continued

Get to Know Heather Hudnut Page, Children’s HeartLink’s New Board Chair

Heather: I am passionate about global health, increasing access to care and pediatric heart disease Heather and her family   Our board of directors has an important role as advocates to help advance our mission – to train medical teams in underserved parts of the world to treat children with heart disease. Heather Hudnut Page has … Continued

Our Top Five Stories from 2018

As we move into a milestone year, our 50th year as an organization, we are growing and expanding to save more children with heart disease. Thanks to the commitment and help of our friends and supporters, 2018 was another successful year. These are our top stories from 2018: 1. Four New Partnerships in Brazil, Malaysia, … Continued

Welcome to Our Board of Directors, Susan Gebelein and Dr. Mark Lewin

We’re happy to welcome returning board member Susan Gebelein and new member Mark Lewin, M.D., to our board of directors. “Sue and Mark bring enthusiasm for our mission and deep expertise in their fields, which will be extremely important to us during this period of growth, as we expand to reach more children with heart disease,” says Children’s HeartLink President Jackie … Continued

Our New Partnership in China: The Patient at the Center of Care

A surgeon, cardiologist, anesthesiologist, nurses and other experienced cardiac specialists from UK training their peers at our new partner hospital in China   Our fifth and newest partner hospital in China, Qingdao Women and Children’s Hospital (QWCH), with one of the largest children’s heart centers in the country, recently completed its first cardiac training! The Children’s HeartLink training … Continued

Our Partners in Vietnam Learn from World-Renowned Surgeon Dr. Sano

Children’s HeartLink training visit at Vietnam Children’s Hospital in Hanoi, November 2018   Fifteen heart surgeries were performed at Vietnam Children’s Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital of over 30 million, during a week-long training visit with our medical volunteer team from University of California San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF). Among our medical volunteers was Dr. Shunji Sano, a world-renowned surgeon who pioneered … Continued

Welcome to Our International Advisory Board, Dr. Liesl Zühlke and John C. Langenbrunner

 We’re delighted to welcome Dr. Liesl Zühlke and John C. (“Jack”) Langenbrunner to our International Advisory Board.  “We’re grateful to them for sharing their expertise in global health and their life-long advocacy for improving health care as we enter into new partnerships with more hospitals around the world and expand our reach to help more children with congenital heart disease,” says … Continued

Get to Know Jackie Boucher, Children’s HeartLink President

Jackie: Why am I at Children’s HeartLink? I believe all children should have access to health care    Jackie and her daughter en route to a vacation in Colorado   What does a typical day at work look like? Every day is different, but each day involves meetings and phone calls with key stakeholders in … Continued

Volunteer Stories: Story of Wang Haiyan

Our dedicated medical volunteer Jeff Paurus with Wang Haiyan, a nurse from China, that he trained 15 years ago   Our medical volunteers fly halfway around the world to help their peers from our partner hospitals treat children with heart disease. Meet our volunteer Jeff Paurus from Minnesota, a nurse educator, who has been training … Continued

Get to Know Kasia Grzywacz, Project Management Specialist

Kasia: I have been lucky to work with dedicated people Kasia and her family   What does a typical day at work look like?  The work I do for Children’s HeartLink is behind-the-scenes and can be summarized as keeping things running. I support our organization in functional areas such as HR, IT and facility management … Continued