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4 Great Care Package Ideas For Families With Heart Kids In The Hospital

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When a child is hospitalized, it’s tough for the whole family. It often means long days away from home, and disruption to the normal routine. Unfortunately, families affected by heart disease know this all too well.  Read More

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Sean Akers

Hi, I’m Dr. Sean Akers, and I’m a Licensed Clinical Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I serve as the primary psychologist for the heart transplant team as well as the coordinator of the Consult Liaison Service. My job is to provide heart kids and their families with support throughout their journey.

5 Things to Take When Relocating For Your Child’s Heart Treatment

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As the parent of a heart kiddo, you’re probably used to trying new medications, new doctors, and new procedures. But what about a new location?  Read More

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Barb Roessner

Hi, I'm Barb, and I'm a Physician Assistant and coordinator of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I work with patients and families at every step of the journey, from diagnosing their child's heart condition to my favorite part—calling them to say "We have a heart."

Coping With Anxiety When You Have A Baby With A Heart Condition

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Anyone who has ever experienced anxiety knows that this condition is so much more than just passing fear or worry.

As the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) explains, everyday worries tend to disappear over time. But anxiety doesn’t. In fact, it can worsen as time goes by. Read More

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Sean Akers

Hi, I’m Dr. Sean Akers, and I’m a Licensed Clinical Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I serve as the primary psychologist for the heart transplant team as well as the coordinator of the Consult Liaison Service. My job is to provide heart kids and their families with support throughout their journey.