Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)

Our Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit (CCU), which opened in June 2012, is a state-of-the-art 36-bed unit devoted to the care of young patients with cardiac disease.

The Regenstein CCU is one of the few cardiac units of its kind in the nation, allowing each child to stay in the same private room from admission to discharge. The high-tech rooms adapt to the level of care the patient needs, and eliminates the need to transfer the patient to other units in the hospital. Our rooms are technologically equipped for intensive care while providing the family amenities of a regular acute care patient room. Cardiac patients have the same healthcare team throughout their hospital stay.

Research shows that this unique model of care greatly improves patient and family comfort and satisfaction, as well as patient safety.

Our cardiac intensive care physicians​ are available at all times, so your child will receive prompt medical attention. With our knowledgeable staff, family-centered care and advanced technology, the Regenstein CCU gives young patients with heart disease an exceptional place to heal.

The Lurie Children’s Difference

Knowledgeable Staff

We provide a multidisciplinary team of experts from different healthcare specialties to make sure your child gets the most comprehensive care possible. This team meets every day to discuss and decide on a care plan for each patient, which allows multiple doctors to weigh in on treatment options for your child. 

Family-Centered Care

We understand how important family is to the healing process. In addition to offering private rooms, the Regenstein CCU features: 

  • Sixteen dedicated beds for newborns to toddlers, and 20 for children and young adults.
  • Connection to Prentice Women’s Hospital, the largest birthing center in the region. This lets us provide immediate care for newborns who need urgent cardiac treatment, while keeping them close to their mothers as they recover from delivery.
  • Family space in rooms so that one parent can stay at their child’s bedside 24/7.
  • Private consultation rooms for parent-physician conversations.
  • Bright, sun-filled Family Great Room for relaxation and recharging.

Advanced Technology & Research

The Regenstein CCU offers the most advanced t​echnology available, including:

  • Around-the-clock monitoring of abnormal heart rhythms (telemetry for arrhythmias)
  • Patient monitoring accessible from anywhere in the hospital and from remote sites
  • Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), a noninvasive technology that allows monitoring of the oxygen supply to all parts of your child’s body
  • ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenator), an external cardiac and respiratory support device
  • Berlin Heart, a small external artificial heart, for patients with severe heart failure or who are in cardiac arrest

Committed to improving patient care, our team conducts many quality initiatives. Our physicians are studying:

  • How to optimize patient rounds and communication
  • Processes to maximize infection control
  • The effect that close monitoring in an outpatient setting has on patient results
  • The impact of our novel cardiac care model on length of stay after cardiac surgery
​​Our high-risk patients​ are transitioned from the hospital for the period of convalescence as HeArT (High-Acuity Transition) patients from the CCU to their primary cardiologist’s care.

Our Specialists

The main doctors who will care for your child in the CCU are pediatric cardiac intensivists who are specially trained in pediatric cardiac intensive care. Your child will receive around the clock care from one of these attending physicians with advanced expertise focusing on the care of critically ill young patients.

The Medical Director of the Regenstein CCU, John Costello, MD, MPH, is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric cardiology and pediatric critical care medicine. He has more than 10 years of experience in cardiac critical care. He also is the Director of Inpatient Cardiology at Lurie Children’s and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

The cardiac critical care team includes:

This team of experts works closely with other specialists as needed, including cardiologists with experience in advanced cardiac imaging, catheterization and catheter-based interventions, arrhythmias, heart failure, heart transplantation and adult congenital heart disease, as well as specialists from the Department of Cardiac Imaging.

Make an Appointment

Physicians can arrange emergency transport of a patient to the Regenstein CCU by calling the Transport Team at 1.800.540.4131.

To schedule an appointment with our specialists, please contact the Division of Cardiology at 312.227.4100 or Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery at 312.227.4240.

Learn More

Learn more about why the Heart Center is the top pediatric cardiac program in Illinois according to U.S.News & World Report.

You also can find helpful information about congenital heart defects and pediatric intensive care from the following sources:

Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit

Our Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit (CCU), opened in June 2012, is a state-of-the-art 36-bed unit devoted to the care of young patients with cardiac disease.
The Regenstein CCU is one of the few cardiac units of its kind in the nation, allowing each child to stay in the same private room from admission to discharge. The high-tech rooms adapt to the level of care the patient needs, and eliminates the need to transfer the patient to other units in the hospital. Our rooms are technologically equipped for intensive care while providing the family amenities of a regular acute care patient room. Cardiac patients have the same healthcare team throughout their hospital stay.
Research shows that this unique model of care greatly improves patient and family comfort and satisfaction, as well as patient safety.
Our intensive care physicians are available at all times, so your child will receive prompt medical attention. With our knowledgeable staff, family-centered care and advanced technology, the Regenstein CCU gives young patients with heart disease an exceptional place to heal.
The Lurie Children’s Difference
Knowledgeable Staff
We provide a multidisciplinary team of experts from different healthcare specialties to make sure your child gets the most comprehensive care possible. This team meets every day to discuss and decide on a care plan for each patient, which allows multiple doctors to weigh in on treatment options for your child. 
Family-Centered Care
We understand how important family is to the healing process. In addition to offering private rooms, the Regenstein CCU features: 
•    Sixteen dedicated beds for newborns to toddlers, and 20 for children and young adults.
•    Connection to Prentice Women’s Hospital, the largest birthing center in the region. This lets us provide immediate care for newborns who need urgent cardiac treatment, while keeping them close to their mothers as they recover from delivery.
•    Family space in rooms so that one parent can stay at their child’s bedside 24/7.
•    Private consultation rooms for parent-physician conversations.
•    Bright, sun-filled Family Great Room for relaxation and recharging.
Advanced Technology & Research
The Regenstein CCU offers the most advanced technology available, including:
•    Round-the-clock monitoring of abnormal heart rhythms (telemetry for arrhythmias)
•    Patient monitoring accessible from anywhere in the hospital and from remote sites
•    Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), a noninvasive technology that allows monitoring of the oxygen supply to all parts of your child’s body
•    Rapid response ECMO
•    Mechanical heart assist devices, such as the extracorporeal membrane oxygenator (ECMO) and the Berlin Heart, for patients with severe heart failure or who are in cardiac arrest
Committed to improving patient care, our team conducts many quality initiatives. Our physicians are studying:
•    How to optimize patient rounds and communication
•    Processes to maximize infection control
•    The effect that close monitoring in an outpatient setting has on patient results. Our high-risk patients are transitioned from the hospital for the period of convalescence as HeArT (High-Acuity Transition) patients from the CCU to their primary cardiologist’s care.
Our Specialists
The main doctors who will care for your child in the CCU are pediatric cardiac intensivists who are specially trained in pediatric cardiac intensive care. Your child will receive around the clock care from one of these attending physicians with advanced expertise focusing on the care of critically ill young patients.
The Medical Director of the Regenstein CCU, John Costello, MD, MPH, is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric cardiology and pediatric critical care medicine. He has more than 10 years of experience in cardiac critical care. He also is the Director of Inpatient Cardiology at Lurie Children’s and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
The cardiac critical care team includes:
•    Pediatric cardiac intensivists: John Costello, MD, MPH, Director; Conrad Epting, MD; R. Andrew de Freitas, MD; Jeffrey Gossett, MD; Amy Lay, MD; Mary McBride, MD; Michael-Alice Moga, MD; Nguyenvu “Winston” Nguyen, MD; Tania Saroli, MD; Eric Wald, MD
•    Cardiologists
•    Heart surgeons
•    Neonatologists
•    Cardiac anesthesiologists
•    Cardiac advanced practice nurses
•    Cardiac nurses
•    Pharmacist
•    Social workers
•    Nutritionist
This team of experts works closely with other specialists as needed, including cardiologists with experience in advanced cardiac imaging, catheterization and catheter-based interventions, arrhythmias, heart failure, heart transplantation and adult congenital heart disease, as well as specialists from the Department of Cardiac Imaging.
Make an Appointment
Physicians can arrange emergency transport of a patient to the Regenstein CCU by calling The Transport Team at 1.800.540.4131.
To schedule an appointment with our specialists, please contact the Division of Cardiology at 312.227.4100) or Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery at 312.227.4240.
Learn More
Take an online tour of the new Regenstein CCU.
Learn more about why the Heart Center is the top pediatric cardiac program in Illinois according to U.S.News & World Report.
Discover more information about many heart conditions and defects.
You also can find helpful information about congenital heart defects and pediatric intensive care from the following sources:
•    American Heart Association: Congenital Heart Defects
•    The Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation
•    The Children’s Heart Foundation
•    Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society Data Center
•    CTSNet Congenital Portal
•    International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation
•    Mend a Heart Foundation
•    National Institutes of Health: Health Information – Congenital Heart Disease
•    Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society
•    PubMed Health: Congenital Heart Disease
•    Saving tiny Hearts Society
•    Society of Thoracic Surgeons

​A Healthy Heart for Baby Kaysen

Learn about one of the young, courageous patients treated in the CCU after the heart transplant she received just days after she was born.

Watch the video below, or read about Kaysen's journey.