Heart Attack (STEMI) Receiving Center Accreditation

Listen to the Mission: Lifeline STEMI Accreditation Informational Webinar recorded December 7, 2015 to learn about the requirements for the latest accreditation cycle.

STEMI (Heart Attack) Receiving Center Accreditation identifies hospitals that participate in coordinated systems of care for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and meet the following standards:
  • Expertise, facilities and equipment to perform percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
  • PCI readiness on a 24/7 basis
  • Coordination with emergency medical services (EMS) and referral centers (non-PCI) to prepare for immediate treatment when STEMI patients arrive
  • Facilitation of  STEMI patient transport
  • Participation in a multidisciplinary team with representatives of EMS, emergency services, cardiac cath lab, quality improvement, coronary care unit, physician staff and nursing staff, meeting regularly to identify challenges and make continuous care improvements
  • Continuing education, including training for hospital staff/local EMS and community awareness
  • Use of systems for collecting data and measuring performance  to support continuous quality improvement
This accreditation is provided through a partnership between the American Heart Association and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, a healthcare credentialing organization that shares our quest to deliver quality heart attack treatment at hospitals across the nation.

Tools and Resources
Hospital teams that commit to earning STEMI (Heart Attack) Receiving Center accreditation are supported by tools, resources and access to program representatives who can answer questions along the way.
Promotion and Branding
To download logos and branding guidelines, please contact the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.  If you have not received your accreditation logo and branding guidelines, contact customercare@acc.org.

Accreditation is news worth sharing. Hospitals are encouraged to celebrate their accreditation and display the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care seal and AHA Heart-Check mark symbol proudly. In addition, the American Heart Association provides recognition to accredited hospitals on our quality map.
Hospital teams that have achieved accreditation know the process and the pride that comes with it. Here's what a few of them have to say about their experience:
  • It is a natural progression for Mission: Lifeline recognized hospitals to achieve accreditation status.
  • It improves cardiac care by providing a standardized, team approach to the treatment of STEMI patients.
  • It forwards the mission of both organizations with a combined goal to improve the consistency of cardiac care.
  • It strengthens the community confidence in the quality and safety of care, treatment and services by the distinguished recognition of the AHA brand.
  • Accredited hospitals will be able to use the AHA’S ACCREDITATION HEART CHECK MARK to promote their accomplishment.
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The sooner you begin, the sooner you can celebrate your accomplishment and share the news with your community. Please contact us at accreditation@heart.org for help and answers to your questions.