We Are Here To Help
We are committed to supporting families as they deal with the emotional and financial toll exacted by a child’s heart condition. We are fortunate to have the assistance of the Children’s Heart Center Nevada’s medical social work team. They help us use our resources and maximize our assistance to heart families in need by assisting us with the administration of our family assistance program.
Receiving a diagnosis of a heart condition is devastating to a family and can take a financial toll due to long hospital stays and time away from work. Children’s Heart Foundation helps in a new diagnosis or crisis situation by helping families pay for living expenses such as food, uninsured or underinsured medical expenses—gas, groceries, rent, utilities.
Often children with a CHD can take several prescription medications that can be very expensive. We help by paying for the co-pay or full pay of prescriptions to families that financially qualify.
Las Vegas is home to the only full service Pediatric Cardiology Center in Nevada—Children’s Heart Center Nevada; therefore, families living outside of Las Vegas, or needing to travel outside of the state, can experience excessive travel costs. We assist with airfare, ground travel and lodging to families traveling for surgical procedures, either to our facility or to a facility outside the state for a heart transplant.
Food from the Heart
Healthy snack options are provided to the families in the PICU and NICU at Sunrise Hospital. The baskets contain snack items and easy to eat comfort foods. This allows family members to have food available without having to take time away from their child. Additionally, we provide meal vouchers for the Sunrise Hospital cafeteria for the family during their child’s stay.
Diapers and General Household Items
We provide families with diapers and general household items like, laundry soap, shampoo, toothpaste, body soap and more, to help in an immediate and meaningful way with the simplest of needs.
A heart condition can be shocking to parents and siblings. Often time’s insurance does not cover the cost for counseling. Children’s Heart Foundation can arrange free sessions with a behavioral therapist at Children’s Heart Center Nevada where one or more of the family members can discuss their situation.
Children’s Heart Foundation’s newest program, Teen Group was developed to offer more social interaction for teen heart patients, ages 13-17 years of age. The pandemic has drastically affected the way our youth handles social situations. Coming together in a common setting, allows our teens to foster friendships with like-minded peers and build social confidence.
We provide special events for our children’s families so they have the opportunity to meet others that face the same challenges and experiences they do, so they may build supportive relationships.