Defining ACC Core Values

A strong mission, vision and core values are integral to an effective strategic plan. As such, review of the ACC’s Mission, Vision and Core Values has been an important part of efforts to develop the College’s next Strategic Plan for 2019 – 2023 over the past year.

At the end of 2017, ACC leaders reaffirmed the College’s Mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health, as well as clarified and updated its Vision to reflect a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. At the same time, the ACC has been working closely with an outside consulting firm and a robust group of ACC members and staff to develop and align on a single set of ACC Core Values representing the College as a whole.

The following three Core Values will serve as guiding principles for College members and staff in all that they do:

  • Patient-Centered
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Professionalism and Excellence

Each of these Core Values was carefully chosen by the College’s working group of members and staff, then affirmed by the Board of Trustees (BOT). There are a number of ways in which the ACC will work to uphold these values, including but not limited to: advocating on behalf of the cardiovascular patient population (Patient-Centered); encouraging a culture of diversity, trust, respect, and safety with all colleagues, regardless of position or title (Teamwork and Collaboration); and holding ourselves and our profession to the highest standards of evidence and knowledge (Professionalism and Excellence).

On behalf of the BOT, we believe that these Core Values, taken together with our strong Mission and Vision, appropriately represent where the College is headed over the next five years, and into the future. Thank you to all involved!

Read more about the College’s current Strategic Plan – and the development of the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan, at

ACC Core Values

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