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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 (PPCI) coverage for STEMI patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A PHAC hospital may transfer STEMI patients to a Comprehensive Heart Attack Center for care.

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Our certification team is here to answer your questions and provide you with the resources, tips and an overview of the application process.

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.