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Excel in Heart Attack Care

This certification program will standardize and improve coordinated systems of care across settings regarding identification, assessment, monitoring, management, data sharing, and performance improvement for multidisciplinary STEMI heart attack care.


Certification from The Joint Commission offers many opportunities to build and grow an outstanding heart attack program to impact patient care.
  • Demonstrate commitment to a high standard of service
  • Provide a framework to improve patient outcomes
  • Helps to organize teams across the continuum of care
  • Gain a competitive edge in the market
  • Enhance staff recruitment and development
  • Be recognized by insurers and other third parties

What it Takes to be Certified

Key Characteristics of the Primary Heart Attack Center (PHAC) Program:
  • Focus on symptom onset and first medical contact (pre-hospital and upon arrival), emergency medical services, the emergency department, as well as catheterization laboratories and inpatient settings.
  • Recommended for organizations with on-site primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) coverage for STEMI patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The First PHAC

First PHAC 200213 Berdan, Enochs, Galich, Riggs, Meiners, DeLeonCongratulations to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth for achieving Primary Heart Attack Center certification.




From left: Barclay Berdan (Chief Executive Officer, Texas Health Resources), Brian Enochs (Executive Vice President Business Development, The Joint Commission), Richard Galich (Director, Heart and Vascular Service Line, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth), Kyle Riggs (heart attack survivor), John Meiners (Chief of Mission Aligned Business and Healthcare Solutions, American Heart Association), Joseph DeLeon (President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth)

Collaborating with the American Heart Association

TJC and AHA Primary Heart Attack CenterOffered in collaboration with the American Heart Association achieving Certification means you’re dedicated to providing cardiac care to your community.  This patient-centric approach is better for your patients, their families and your program.

The American Heart Association recently published a policy statement, Systems of Care for ST-Segment-Elevation Myocardial Infarction. This statement sets forth recommendations for how the ideal STEMI system of care should be designed and implemented to ensure that patients with STEMI receive the best evidence-based care at each stage in their illness.