MercyOne Children’s Hospital has received a $200,000 grant from Variety -the Children’s Charity to fund significant medical equipment for the hospital’s pediatric cardiac care program. The Variety grant will fund essential equipment for the pediatric cardiac care program, including a new heart-lung machine utilized in cardiac surgeries. MercyOne has Central Iowa’s only comprehensive program that specializes in heart disease in infants, children and adolescents. The new equipment will directly benefit hundreds of Iowa’s sickest children. “This heart-lung machine is equipped with the most up-to-date technology and allows us to stay on the cutting edge of heart surgery for newborns, infants and children,” said Dr. David Hockmuth, Iowa’s only board-certified congenital heart surgeon.