American College of Cardiology Announces HeartCARE Center: National Distinction of Excellence Program

Designation will recognize hospitals demonstrating excellence in cardiovascular care

Contact: Nicole Napoli,, 202-375-6523

WASHINGTON (Jun 05, 2018) -

The American College of Cardiology is establishing a new HeartCARE Center: National Distinction of Excellence program, which will recognize hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to a comprehensive high-quality culture.

"Every day hospitals are demonstrating their commitment to quality cardiovascular care by meeting accreditation criteria and through their ongoing performance measurement in registry reporting,” said Phillip Levy, MD, MPH, FACC, American College of Cardiology Accreditation Management Board Chair. “The ACC’s new HeartCARE Center: National Distinction of Excellence program is designed to shine a light on the elite group of U.S. hospitals that are going above and beyond to ensure each patient that comes through their doors has access to consistent, highest-quality cardiovascular care.”

Hospitals can achieve this designation, which is the highest recognition given to a hospital by the ACC, by meeting a set of criteria that can be realized through participation in ACC’s existing suite of quality improvement programs. Criteria include participation in specific accreditation programs, NCDR registries and targeted quality improvement campaigns, such as Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI, that are designed to help hospitals and institutions close gaps in guideline-based care.

Many hospitals are already participating in multiple ACC quality improvement programs and registries and, with this new designation, now will have a way to publicly highlight their outstanding commitment to quality for their patients, providers and other stakeholders.

To learn more about the HeartCARE Center: National Distinction of Excellence, visit

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit


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