Hospital Accreditation & Certification

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The American Heart Association with the Joint Commission collaborate to provide hospitals Acute Stroke Ready Certification, Primary Stroke Certification, Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Certification, and Comprehensive Stroke Certification to qualifying hospitals. The collaboration has recently been expanded to provide cardiac certifications including Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification, Advanced Certification for Heart Failure, Acute Heart Attack Ready Certification, and Primary Heart Attack Center Certification. 

AHA also provides Hypertension Center Certifications for physician practices and has recently expanded its portfolio to offer certification programs for Post-Acute Care facilities. The use of the Heart-Check mark for certification programs allow providers to communicate their recognition by the American Heart Association to patients and caregivers.


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Stroke Certifications

Available to all hospitals nationwide. Learn how your hospital can maximize and demonstrate its stroke treatment capabilities through stroke certification.

Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification

The premier cardiovascular certification awarded to hospitals that demonstrate high-quality care using evidence-based, guidelines-driven treatment and foster collaboration throughout the system of care.

Heart Attack Center Certifications

Optimize STEMI patient care and participate in your regional system of care as a certified heart attack center.

Hypertension Center Certification

This certification program identifies physician practices with the expertise to treat complex and challenging hypertension cases.

Advanced Certification in Heart Failure

A collaboration between The Joint Commission and The American Heart Association

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Post-Acute Heart Failure Certification

A certification that builds upon Get With The Guidelines® hospital-based quality improvement programs 

We’re going all in for Cardiovascular Centers of Excellence Accreditation.

Congratulations to our first seven CVCOEs!

  • Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton
  • Baptist Health Lexington
  • Valley Health Winchester Medical Center
  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital
  • CHRISTUS Mother Frances - Tyler
  • Indiana University Methodist Hospital

  • St. Elizabeth Edgewood