Lurie Children’s Heart Center and the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine have partnered to create the first-of-its-kind Cardiovascular Bridge Program. Specialists from both Lurie Children’s and Northwestern Medicine now meet regularly with patients between the ages of 16-26 with congenital heart defects in one clinic setting.
For many patients, the transition from pediatric to adult care can be confusing and difficult, which can lead to gaps in treatment. By bringing pediatric and adult cardiologists together in one setting, our patients will not have to leap into an adult system. This continuity of care is beneficial for patients throughout their lifetimes – the seamless integration into the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute’s care and a continuous medical history will help doctors predict complications before they arise.
The Cardiovascular Bridge Program offers comprehensive care to create knowledgeable, accountable, empowered young adults who can benefit from:
Expertise from both pediatric and adult medical providers
Care coordination amongst multiple clinical experts
Assistance in navigating insurance coverage complexities
Ongoing advocacy at the local, state and national level
Personal appointment and care reminders
The program conducts innovative generational research through a centralized clinical database. Data from Lurie Children’s and Northwestern Medicine is used to determine the best courses of care throughout patients’ lives, while also discovering best practices for future generations.