Author Archives: Barb Roessner

For Our Heart Kids And Their Families: Goodbye From smallbeats

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Can you believe that we have published more than 300 stories for heart kids and their families on smallbeats?

We’ve explained the basic “ABC’s” of heart conditions, and broken down the intricacies of open-heart surgery. We’ve taken you behind the scenes with our staff, and we’ve shared stories from adults who grew up with congenital heart defects (CHD). And yet, it feels like we could still go on and on for another 300+ posts.

However, there’s that old saying that all good things must come to an end—and that time has come for our blog. Read More

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."

Dream Big, Read! A Super-Fun Summer Reading Program At Children’s

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Today, we have a guest post from Peggy Smith, B.S. M.S. Peggy is the School Teacher/Education Liaison here at Children’s.

Reading has always been a passion of mine, but that passion goes beyond the stories themselves. I am a big advocate of literacy, particularly in children.

Kids read in school, but research has shown that students who read for fun—not because it’s an assignment—perform better in school. At Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, we want to support that kind of reading.  Read More

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."

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Congenital Heart Defects

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Finding out your child has a congenital heart defect (CHD) brings up a lot of questions—What does this mean for my child? Will he get better? Does he need a transplant?

Answering these questions is part of my job, and I’m always happy to help families understand CHD. In addition to answering questions about their child’s CHD, I like to give families some little known facts.

Here are 6 facts about CHD that I like to share with patients and their families. Read More

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."