For someone born with congenital heart disease, lifetime care is critical. Now, there is an accredited congenital heart disease program in South Florida. Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood has the first accredited program in Florida for adult congenital heart disease patients. It is a partnership between Sunrise-based MEDNAX and Memorial’s Cardiac and Vascular Institute. The recognition is from the Adult Congenital Heart Association, a nationwide organization focused on connecting patients, family members and health-care providers to those with expertise on congenital heart disease. The MEDNAX-Memorial program is the 17th in the country to receive the accreditation. “For years, patients who live in South Florida have been traveling to congenital heart disease centers in cities like Boston to get care,” said MEDNAX-affiliated pediatric and adult congenital cardiologist, Dr. Todd Roth, who serves as Co-Director for the program. But the evolution of medicine has created a new specialty. The collaboration between MEDNAX and Memorial “is an example of how we should function. We should all be working together for the patient,” Roth said.

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