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Published in This Week on April 15, 2013

Congenital heart program celebrates milestones

The congenital heart program at Batson Children’s Hospital celebrates its third anniversary today.  The anniversary coincides with the completion of 1,000 cases with a success rate of over 98 percent. “Mississippi is now taking care of its own, with no patients or families needing to go out of state and with outcomes equal to the biggest and most established programs in the U.S.,” said Dr. Jorge Salazar, chief of pediatric and congenital heart surgery.  Salazar said the milestone was achieved through the hard work and dedication of hundreds of staff members across all disciplines and departments at UMMC, along with partners in the community. (enlarge image)

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