Children’s Heart Center and Family Support Group Welcome Heart Patients to Picnic

Jennifer Tillou, pediatric social worker at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center, helps families cope with stress and work through the difficult decisions that can come with having a child diagnosed with heart problems. Tillou also assists families from near and far find close places to stay when their child undergoes medical procedures and makes sure families are linked with resources and support during their child’s hospital stay.

“Heart problems are relatively rare in children and often families have not met another other child who has heart disease,” said Tillou.

Tillou and Roger Vermilion, M.D., chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Golisano Children’s Hospital, hold the Heart Center picnic every year to lend extra emotional support to families. This year, the local chapter of Mended Little Hearts has stepped in to host the event in partnership with the Heart Center. For more on the event, which will take place Saturday, Aug. 6, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Seneca Park Zoo, read our press release.

To learn more about the care provided to pediatric patients with cardiac issues, visit our Children’s Heart Center website. For stories about children born with congenital heart defects, who have overcome the odds, read about Jason Gaines, Addison Koons or Ryan Sheehan. Learn more about the research going on in Golisano Children’s  Hospital’s Pediatric Cardiology Division.

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