The Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to be able to offer pediatric echocardiography testing, through a partnership with the Children’s Heart Group of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Pediatric echocardiography is a non-invasive study used to diagnose congenital heart defects in children of all ages: these defects include life threatening conditions that may only present themselves during times of exertion.
The Good Samaritan Hospital and the Children’s Heart Group created this partnership in an effort to reduce any potential delay of care. Previously, patients such as newborns or infants with a murmur had to travel sometimes considerable distances to have this specialized testing performed. The new program allows a Good Samaritan Hospital sonographer to perform this testing and then to instantly send the images electronically for review by the pediatric cardiologists at the Children’s Heart Group. This test is very similar to a basic ultrasound but uses a specialized probe to create images of the heart. For pediatric patients, the majority of the equipment is similar to that used for adults, except that the probe is much smaller. The equipment was purchased through generous donations from the PA Kiwanis Foundation Board, The Lebanon Kiwanis Club, local pediatricians, and the Children’s Heart Group of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
According to Julie Miksit, assistant vice president for cardiovascular services at The Good Samaritan Hospital, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to offer this valuable service to our pediatric patients. This much needed diagnostic tool allows the families to have prompt testing and same day results that previously did not exist without this cutting edge technology. Waiting for any test result can be a terrifying experience for a parent with an ill child. To be able to assist families by getting early diagnosis and treatment in a much more timely fashion is a wonderful service that we are happy to provide through the generous donations that allowed us to purchase the necessary equipment.”