Heart Month :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Celebrating Heart Month

Heart Month is an international effort to raise awareness for conditions that affect every heart, from neonatal patients to adults who have been battling congenital heart disease for decades. The physicians and staff of Nationwide Children’s are dedicated to putting our whole heart into caring for those of our patients.

Visit this page throughout the month of February to see our collective efforts to educate, advocate, and innovate for better treatment and cardiovascular care.

Heart Month messages to patientsWrite a Message to our Heart Patients to Show Your Support on Valentine’s Day

Show the patients at The Heart Center the community is supporting them during their care at Nationwide Children’s this Heart Month! Write an encouraging note to our patients in the space below and it will be shared with patients and staff throughout the month.

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Meet Rylee

After more than five months of waiting for a new heart at Nationwide Children's Hospital, the call came for seven-year-old Rylee Cornell. She was getting a new heart. Rylee had spent more than 150 days in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Five months of waiting. Five months of being away from home. Five months of not knowing if she would get the heart she so desperately needed. 

Read Rylee's Story »

More Patient Stories

Kyle's story

Meet Kyle

When Kyle’s mom took him to his pediatrician, they were referred to Nationwide Children's for a repeat EKG. That’s when they learned that Kyle had Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) Syndrome.

Read Kyle's story on Flutter »

Gracie's story

Meet Gracie

When Gracie was 2-years-old, her family was told there was nothing that could be done for her and that they should take her home, love her and just keep her comfortable. Her family refused to take that as an answer.

Read Gracie's story on Flutter»

Samantha's story

Meet Samantha

At my 2-year check up my doctor noticed a murmur and sent me to Nationwide Children's for testing. I was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, which affects all the connective tissue in my body.

Read Samantha's story on Flutter»

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Our Featured Video: How a Normal Heart Works

The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital is dedicated to the education of patients and families who require cardiac care. Learning how an anatomically sound or normal heart works can help families understand the more uncommon heart diagnoses children may have.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Galantowicz

“As a heart surgeon, I often see parents like myself and my wife when we were initially starting a family. There is so much joy but also fear and aspirations. That is what makes caring for these children very personal.”

Learn more about Dr. Galantowicz »

Dr. Kertesz

Naomi Kertesz, MD, is Director of Electrophysiology and Pacing at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Kertesz has specialized in Cardiac Electrophysiology for nearly 30 years and is one of the country's top rated cardiologists.

Learn more about Dr. Kertesz »

Dr. Nandi

As the leader in pediatric care, we offer cardiology services, cardiothoracic surgery, and everything else you would expect to find at a nationally-renowned heart center. Go behind the scenes with Dr. Deip Nandi as he gives us a look into his career at NCH.

Learn more about Dr. Nandi »

Our Staff on Tumblr

Joy LincolnDr. Joy Lincoln, Center for Cardiovascular Research

“My lab looks at the sending mechanisms that underlie congenital heart valve malformations. That means we look in the embryo to see why heart valves don’t form properly ..."


Aimee Armstrong, MDDr. Aimee Armstrong, Director of Cardiac Catheterization & Interventional Therapies

“I knew I wanted to be a doctor since I was in sixth grade. I was just interested in anything medical. My mom actually found a book that I bought I think when I was in fourth grade about a girl who was getting heart surgery."


Sara, Genetic CounselorSara, Genetic Counselor

“I have been here over 12 years. I previously thought I was going to be a lab scientist but I spent a summer in a lab and that was fine for a summer, but realized I didn’t want to do that for my whole life.


Reverend David, Pastoral CareReverend David, Pastoral Care

“Many times families think I’m a doctor when I walk in and I tell them, “I’m a soul doctor. I remember a little baby that received a heart transplant. She had the brightest blue eyes. I remember waiting every day whether the heart would come for her or not and it was looking very grim for this little girl. But I remember getting the phone call from the family ..."

Stay Connected and Participate

  • Take a look at our Infographic and see just how serious heart disease and defects are for so many children and adults!
  • Follow us on Facebook for tons of great Heart Month posts
  • Keep an eye on our Instagram account (@nationwidekids) for behind the scenes photos and videos.
  • Stay connected with heart-related education, myths and common questions on Twitter.
  • Interact with our Adult Congenital Team on facebook
  • Be sure to keep an eye on our YouTube channel for new videos in honor of Heart Month!
  • Check out our Pinterest board for information, videos, and stories about heart defects and living healthy.

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