Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 100 North Mario Capecchi, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (801) 213-3599
Appointment Requests: (801) 213-3599
Year Formalized: 2006
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Primary Children's Hospital (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Intermountain Medical Center (Adult Hospital)
Medical School: University of Utah
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Arvind Hoskoppal, MD
IM, Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 2
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 100%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Kevin Whitehead, MD
IM, IM Card
Years in ACHD: 10
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 50%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1900
Half-day Sessions (per week): 10
Outpatients seen at:Primary Children's Medical Center
Outpatients seen at:University of Utah Hospital
Do you have providers who see patients in both pediatric and adult settings?Yes
Do you perform invasive cardiac procedures on ACHD patients at your institution?Yes
Catheter-based procedures are done: Adult/Pediatric Hospital
Invasive EP procedures are done: Adult/Pediatric Hospital
ACHD Surgeries are done: Adult/Pediatric Hospital
Established referral relationships with other ACHD programs for needed consultation, procedures or second opinions: Yes
Formal transition program between pediatric and ACHD clinics: Yes (Formal transition at age: 15)
Do you offer regularly scheduled patient care conferences?Yes, weekly
Does your program provide patient/family support or education meetings?Yes
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:3
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Mary Hunt Martin, MD
IM, Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Elizabeth Saarel, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Susan Etheridge, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Number of NPs/PAs:
NP/PA: Nancy Velt FNP, BC
NP/PA: Charles King PA
RN/LPN: Louise Jahn, RN, Nurse Coordinator
Other Program Staff: Barbara Struhs, Admin Assistant
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 521
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 40
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 3
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 3
Director's Description
The program offers care under a team of experts with specialty training in adult congenital heart disease. There is access to a broad array of services tailored for long term care of adults with congenital heart disease. Additionally there is a focus on access to transition clinics for adolescents and young adults with congenital heart disease.
Clinical Services Offered
ACHD-experienced Diagnostic Catheterization: Yes
ACHD-experienced Interventional Catheterization: Yes
ACHD-experienced Diagnostic Electrophysiology: Yes
ACHD-experienced Interventional Electrophysiology: Yes
ACHD-experienced Cardiac MRI: Yes
ACHD-experienced Multi-Slice Cardiac CT: Yes
ACHD-experienced High Risk Obstetrics/Perinatology: Yes
Contraceptive Counseling: Yes
Geneticist/Genetic Counseling: Yes
Cardiac Rehabilitation Service: Yes
Financial/Medical Insurance Counseling: Yes
Medical Social Worker:Yes
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in ACHD is evaluated: In collaboration with our pulmonary hypertension specialists
PAH in ACHD is managed medically: In collaboration with our pulmonary hypertension specialists
When lung transplant is considered in our ACHD patients with PAH, they are: Referred to a suitable lung transplant program
Training & Research
ACHD Training for Fellows: Yes
Programs that Apply:Formal ACHD rotation for general cardiology fellows (in Peds & Adult), Individualized long-term mentoring (or informal ACHD fellowship)
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2014
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: 2014