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
Out-patients seen at:Primary Children's Medical Center and 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 Cardiac Care Associates: Louise Jahn, RN, Nurse Coordinator
Cardiac Care Associates: Nancy Velt FNP, BC
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