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The Children’s Heart Center (CHC) at AUBMC, Celebrates 20 Years of Breakthroughs and Innovations.

The American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Children’s Heart Center (CHC), one of the pioneering and most successful specialized congenital heart centers not only in Lebanon and the region, but in the Middle East at large, treating some of the rarest and most complex cases. To mark the occasion, a press conference was held on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Issam Fares Lecture Hall, AUB to share information on the center’s milestones, outcomes and future plans. Exclusive empirical data, crucial for productivity in the domain of clinical and basic research, was revealed for the first time.

Dr. Fadi Bitar, Director and Professor - CHC and Associate Dean for External Medical Affairs, thanked the attendees and elaborated on the blueprints which led the center to success, namely the center’s mission, vision, achievements, commitments, and giving. He shared the various stages the center has undergone since its inception leading to today where the CHC is viewed leading resource in the field of congenital heart disease for the Lebanese and regional community. “When CHC was first incepted in 1995, the goal was to establish a comprehensive heart center dedicated towards children with congenital heart disease (CHD) in Lebanon. Twenty years later, the CHC has surpassed its aim and become one of the leading institutions and a beacon of hope in Lebanon, the region and beyond.”

With great pride, Dr. Bitar illustrated the growing volumes and pinpointed the surgical outcomes in which CHC outranked many of the world’s leading academic medical centers (Reference: Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) with a success rate of around 98% for the year 2015.

In her speech, Ms. Joumana Atallah, Founder of the Brave Heart Fund, highlighted the organization’s role in supporting the CHC and helping more than 3000 children across the nation. “The Brave Heart Fund was established at the Children’s Heart Center at AUBMC to help cover the cost of surgeries and hospitalization for underprivileged children suffering from CHD, regardless of their race, sex or religion.” Ms. Atallah added, “We strongly believe that no child should die from heart disease because of a lack of funds.”

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