Single Ventricle Program :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Single Ventricle Program

Through the Single Ventricle Program, The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is dedicated to helping children and families cope with the challenges of a single ventricle diagnosis and improve outcomes. The Heart Center is among only a handful of centers in North America that offer this dedicated service.

Approximately 1,000 children are born each year with a single ventricle heart defect, in which one lower chamber of the heart is either underdeveloped, too small, or missing a valve. Specific areas of focus for the program include outcomes for hypoplastic left heart syndrome after the hybrid procedure; feeding, nutrition and factors affecting neurodevelopmental outcomes for infants with single ventricle heart defects and parent and family support after diagnosis.

About the Single Ventricle Program

Single Ventricle Conditions

Single ventricle heart defects occur when one of the lower chambers of the heart are either underdeveloped, too small or missing a valve. Single ventricle defects include:


Meet Our Team

US News and World Report Cardiology badge 1016The mission of the Single Ventricle Team at Nationwide Children's is to improve mortality, morbidity and quality of life for children and families affected by single ventricle heart defects throughout their lifespan.

We have assembled a dedicated care team that consists of:

  • Cardiologists
  • Feeding and nutrition experts
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners 
  • Developmental experts
  • Quality Improvement Coordinator

Our team works seamlessly with our Fetal CardiacCardiothoracic Surgery and Interventional Catheterization teams to provide the medical care and support that our children and families need. We utilize a holistic approach to aiding the child and family, addressing not only cardiac needs but also developmental, nutritional and psychosocial challenges. Our one team approach allows us to deliver superior care that is fully integrated across the care continuum.

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Patient Stories

Aaron's story

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome patient Aaron

When you learn the long list of Aaron’s diagnoses, probably the last thing you would expect to hear are the words his mom, Jamie, uses to describe her son: “Aaron is a thriving 9-year-old boy.” But when you meet Aaron in person that is exactly who you will see.

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Owen's story

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome patient Owen

When Laurel was 19 weeks pregnant, the biggest question on her, and her husband, Donald’s, minds was whether they were having a boy or a girl. But that all changed when a routine ultrasound revealed that their baby had a heart condition. Then the only thing that mattered was that their baby live.

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Jordan's story

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome patient Jordan

Jordan was born with HLHS. Although we had no idea until he was a day old. He was life flighted to Children’s after he kept failing his CHD screen. He underwent his first surgery at just 5 days old. He then needed a cath procedure done about a week and half later.

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Request a Consultation

Taking the first step to arrange for our staff to meet with you is simple. Just click the link below, and complete our form. If you or your physician would like to contact us, please email us or call us at (614) 722-2530.

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Our Resources

Home Monitoring Program: The Heart Center's Home Monitoring Program arms parents with the ability to monitor weight and oxygen levels at home to help prevent illness and to provide early detection of changing cardiac status.

Connecting Families: Our family-to-family program can carefully match you to an experienced peer to help guide you through your child’s diagnosis, treatment or surgery.

The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center: The Family Resource Center was designed by families and professionals to support patients and families during their time at Children's Hospital, both inpatient and outpatient. 

Children's Clubhouse: The Children's Clubhouse is a special place for preschool and school-aged children to play and learn while their siblings are in the hospital. 

NPC-QIC: Since 2009, a group of clinicians, researchers, and parents from across 60 medical institutions have been collaborating to ensure that families of children, who receive a diagnosis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), and other univentricular hearts, have hope. Nationwide Children's was one of the first participating centers and has attended 14 semi-annual conferences. Parents have represented NCH at 100% of the conferences.

Beads of Courage: Provides innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families, and the health care providers who care for them.

Single Ventricle Patient and Family Council: This working group focuses on process improvement, quality improvement, and patient and family education. A one-year commitment, our patient and family council is available to patients and families receiving both inpatient and outpatient care.

Additional Resources

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Get an up close look at the Hybrid Stage 1 procedure, an alternative to the Norwood procedure and the first of three procedures used to treat Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
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