The "Congenital Heart Surgery Program for Children" at the University of Kentucky has been shut down since last spring when its surgeon left to take a job in Texas.
Since then youngsters needing surgery have had to go out of state for treatment.
That poses hardships for families, and is a situation UK Pediatrics Chairman Timothy Bricker says he wants to end.
The university recently hired Doctor Mark Plunkett, a noted pediatric children's heart surgeon from UCLA,who will perform operations and be co-director of a new heart center at the children's hospital.
Plunkett says his immediate goal will be getting the children's surgery program back in operation as quickly as possible.
Then bringing new services online, such as heart transplants for kids and care for adults who received heart operations in childhood.