The Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) program at Memorial Healthcare System is one of only seventeen programs nationwide to have comprehensive care certification for ACHD patients. The program, a joint endeavor between the Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute and the Heart Institute at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, is the result of a collaborative multidisciplinary effort between cardiologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists and imaging specialists. 

Todd Roth, M.D., Co-Medical Director for the ACHD program, submitted the following letter of appreciation for the program’s outstanding staff, whose commitment to high-quality care has made Memorial’s ACHD program a destination for patients living with these conditions. 

“I wanted to send an email to express my appreciation and let you know how great of a job the cardiac anesthesia team is doing with the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) patients. 

As you may know, we are slated to become 1 of 17 centers in the United States to have comprehensive care certification for ACHD patients. This is quite incredible and a testament to the team we have at Memorial. In our recent ACHA accreditation site visit, it was noted how collaborative and cohesive our team is in managing these difficult patients. In fact the word “floored” was used privately in the post site visit meeting by the one of the reviewers who runs the biggest ACHD program in the country. 

Anesthesia’s support with our heart catheters, surgeries, bedside procedures, deliveries, etc. has been simply outstanding. These patients are challenging medically, socially, and financially and we are truly the only center in southern Florida equipped to deal with them. 

This team is anchored by Dr. Brooker, who has provided a level of experience, knowledge, and commitment that is unparalleled. Without his presence and availability, we could simply not do some of the innovative and complex cases we are doing with the results we are getting. 

On the OB side, Scott Harter, M.D., has been thoughtful, precise, caring, approachable, and remarkably dedicated with our OB deliveries and I can’t express enough how important this has been to our team and our patients. We have successfully delivered some very complicated patients with his support that no one in this region other than UM would knowingly take on. 

Giselle Helo, M.D., and Esther Garazi, M.D., have been equally as supportive and are becoming more involved as our program is growing and will be an integral part of our team as we continue the growth. 

I cannot express enough how imperative it is to have a team like this available for our patients who are some of the most complex cardiac patients we care for.”