The Cardiac Center at CHOP Celebrates Major Milestone with Big Hearts to Little Hearts

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Cardiac Center celebrates major milestone On March 7, Clinical leaders of the Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) celebrated a major milestone with Big Heart to Little Hearts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for congenital heart disease (CHD) research. 

Joseph Rossano, MD, Chief of Cardiology at CHOP; Jonathan Chen, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at CHOP; Jack Rychik, MD, Director of the Fetal Heart Program and the Fontan Rehabilitation, Wellness, Activity and Resilience Development (FORWARD) program at CHOP; and Matthew Jolley, MD, an attending anesthesiology in the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at CHOP, received a $70,000 donation from Big Hearts to Little Hearts to help fund Dr. Jolley’s CHD research. The recent gift took Big Hearts to Little Hearts over the $1 million mark in lifetime giving to the Cardiac Center at CHOP.

“We are truly grateful to Big Hearts to Little Hearts for its ongoing support of the Cardiac Center at CHOP,” said Joseph Rossano, MD, Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “The organization’s support will help power innovative treatments and breakthrough cardiac research.”

CHOP is proud to announce that Big Hearts to Little Hearts is now part of the President's Circle, which is reserved exclusively for those whose cumulative giving to CHOP exceeds $1 million.

CHOP’s Board of Trustees established the President's Circle in 2010 as the most prestigious recognition society at the hospital. It honors donors who have made leadership-level investments to advance CHOP’s pioneering research, clinical care, physician education, or community advocacy.

Since 2003, Big Hearts to Little Hearts has supported 25 different initiatives at the Cardiac Center, including the Fetal Heart Program, Youth Heart Watch, Single Ventricle Care and Adult Congenital Heart Program. Their philanthropic support for CHOP makes them part of a special community of donors who share the dedication to fueling breakthroughs for children and families and advancing the frontiers of pediatric healthcare.

Contact: Jennifer Lee, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 267-426-6084 or

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