Our Approach

Our Philosophy on Accreditation

Accreditation brings together diverse medical specialties, such as EMS, emergency medicine, and cardiology; clinicians and administrators; doctors and nurses; lawyers; architects and quality improvement professionals. It improves the clinical processes for the early assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), Heart Failure (HF), and Atrial Fibrillation (AF) within facilities.

Accredited hospitals have achieved a higher level of expertise when dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

  • Emphasizes standardized diagnostic and treatment programs
  • Provides more efficient and effective evaluation
  • Assists rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms
  • Provides education for healthcare professionals and the community
  • Reduces the risk factors for heart attack

The Continuum of Care

As the Accreditation Services arm of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), We are committed to leading the fight to eliminate heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide. We focus on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities by creating communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. We provide the support needed by hospitals to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of health care. Accreditation drives process improvement and brings together:

  • EMS
  • Emergency medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Clinicians
  • Administrators
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Lawyers
  • Architects
  • Quality improvement professionals
  • Chief financial officers
  • Quality executives
Accreditation improves the clinical processes for the early assessment, diagnosis and treatment within facilities. That process improvement helps quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

As the Accreditation Services arm of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), we adhere to the ACC Mission and Vision.


To Transform Cardiovascular Care and Improve Heart Health.


The members of the College will dramatically reduce the incidence, severity, and complications of cardiovascular disease as we promote prevention, reduce disparities in healthcare and improve personal population-based cardiovascular health.


Our Taglines

Taking Science to the Bedside.

Because Every Heart Matters.


  • Knowledge
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Value of the CV Specialist
  • Member Driven
  • Inclusiveness


Unequalled dedication to customer hospitals and the mindset to provide unequalled resources — science, best practices, expertise, experience, and 1000+ accredited peer hospitals — to break down barriers within hospitals. We're smart, friendly experts, who work alongside hospitals with an energy and positivity that is more than just unique: it's contagious.


The concept of chest pain centers (CPC) started in the late 1980s as a strategy to significantly reduce heart attack deaths through the rapid treatment of patients with acute myocardial infarction. Since then, CPC's have evolved to include safe, cost-effective management of low risk patients presenting with chest pain and other possible symptoms of a heart attack. There are now more than 1,000 accredited hospitals.

ACC Accreditation Services™ is a Quality Improvement for Institutions™ initiative. Originally founded as the Society of Chest Pain Centers in 1998, it was later renamed the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care when it expanded its focus to include a wider array of cardiovascular accreditation services. In January 2016, the Society merged with the American College of Cardiology.


Our staff strive every day to improve cardiac care processes and thereby increase the numbers of survivors of adverse cardiac events. Our Accreditation Specialists and the team of individuals that support them endeavor to be the best at what they do because they truly believe that every heart matters.


ACC Membership is open to those who have an interest in reducing the morbidity of cardiovascular disease. Dedicated professionals become members of ACC to strengthen their professional goals and better serve their institution, patients and community.

Our Goals

  • Significantly reduce the time it takes for patients experiencing symptoms of a possible heart attack to see a physician
  • Reduce the time to treatment during the critical early stages when treatments are most effective
  • Provide a specialized observation setting so physicians can monitor patients when it is not clear if they are having a coronary event and help ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted to a cardiac care unit
  • Develop protocol-driven, systematic approach to patient management that promotes optimal application of current standards of care. Guidelines, or critical care pathways, are commonly utilized
  • Afford rapid initiation of crucial therapy in patients with high risk acute coronary syndromes
  • Encourage stratification of clinically low risk patients into those requiring admission and those who can be safely discharged and managed as outpatients.