American Heart Association

Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification

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Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification is 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.  

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Two Cardiac Leaders

The nation’s two leading cardiac accreditation and certification organizations are joining forces to offer a single joint product for hospitals beginning in January 1, 2019. The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, and The Joint Commission, the largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, are collaborating to enhance cardiovascular patient care and improve outcomes and quality of life for patients with cardiovascular disease.


    Combined Expertise

    The certification program combines the Association’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence accreditation and its expertise in cardiovascular science, research and quality improvement with The Joint Commission’s existing Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification and expertise in working with health care organizations to evaluate care delivery that meets rigorous evidence-based standards and sustain improvements in patient care quality and outcomes. This joint cardiac certification award will be granted to hospitals that achieve rigorous standards of care. Hospitals will be required to deliver integrated, coordinated and patient-centered cardiac care and communications, from the emergency department visit to diagnosis, treatment and follow-up, and through outpatient care.

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      Getting Certified

      Organizations currently certified or accredited under current Joint Commission or American Heart Association cardiac programs will automatically transition to the new combined certification. These organizations will undergo re-certification review at the end of their current certification cycle. Organizations seeking certification for the first time will undergo review under the new Joint Commission/American Heart Association Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification criteria.


      Learn more about Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification

      Review pre-publication revisions to the Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification standards, which become effective Jan. 1, 2019. If you are interested in learning more or applying for certification, complete the form below or contact us at

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      Answering Your Questions

      For more information regarding Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification, please contact us at or complete our online information form.