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Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Chest Pain Center Accreditation is a quality improvement program designed for hospital cardiovascular (CV) teams that are focused on the efficient and effective care of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. Chest Pain Center Accreditation drives you to establish consistent, high quality processes across the continuum of care, furnishing you with a roadmap for progress and highly valued, sustainable performance. Read the Ten Reasons to Partner with ACC for Chest Pain Center Accreditation.

Purchase or re-Accreditation for Chest Pain Center

Charyl T. Asuncion, MSN, AGPCNP-C, PCCN, AACC, Hackensack Meridian JFK University Medical Center (JFKUMC)

Tracey Blevins and Robert Bunney, Accreditation Clinical Product Manager at American College of Cardiology (ACC) Accreditation Services

What's Covered: A review from JFKUMC on their challenges with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) Observation, their process improvement changes and data analysis demonstrating an annual Observation Cost Savings of $728,486 with a decrease in Observation Length-of-Stay (LOS).

Learning objectives include:

  • Provide a brief overview of the Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) led closed observation unit and its role in cardiac patient care
  • Showcase the role of APPs in the closed observation unit and their impact on quality metrics
  • Highlight successful strategies and best practices that have been implemented to achieve performance improvement
  • Provide data on the progress made toward achieving the established targets and the impact on patient care and LOS
  • Provide data on the impact of LOS reduction to financial Return on Investment (ROI)

Our Participants Share Their Perspectives

Testimonial Salina Regional Health Center
> In this very brief YouTube video, Dr. Zachary Jepson discusses how Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI helped the medical professionals associated with Salina Regional Health Center better serve their Kansas community.
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On-Demand Chest Pain Center Webinars

Want to learn more about the benefits of Chest Pain Center Accreditation? Our service line specialists have recorded informational webinars that provide an overview of key accreditation topics and explain how your steps toward process improvement can provide valuable insight into the performance and management of a goal-driven CV service line.

Chest Pain Center Accreditation Designations

Essential Components of CPC Accreditation

There are three types of designations for Chest Pain Center Accreditation each based on a facility's STEMI treatment capabilities and strategies. The requirements for each of the three designations are as follows:

Chest Pain Center

This designation is for those facilities that do not have 24/7 primary PCI coverage every day of the year. Facilities with this designation will have a robust detailed transfer (referral) protocol in place which addresses transfer procedures and/or potential fibrinolytic therapy if the expected First Medical Contact (FMC) to intervention time will exceed 120 minutes.

Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI

Hospitals awarded this designation have Primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. This means they have a call team made up of the cardiac catheterization (cath) lab staff and an interventional cardiologist who arrive to the facility within 30 minutes of STEMI activation. These facilities have formal agreements with the facilities that regularly refer STEMI patients for primary PCI.

Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation

Hospitals that receive this designation must meet all requirements of the CPC with Primary PCI designation and will be equipped with a robust target temperature management (TTM) program which includes policies, procedures, and protocols for post–cardiac arrest treatment. These facilities must also maintain a "No Diversion Policy" for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients. This designation also requires formation of a multidisciplinary Resuscitation Committee.


Chest Pain Center Accreditation builds upon previous versions of Chest Pain Center Accreditation (CPC) — combining quality initiatives, current ACC/AHA guidelines, and clinical best-practices to produce the most robust delivery model for LOW-RISK, NSTE-ACS, STEMI and Resuscitation. CPC Accreditation applies a holistic approach to CV care — one that is designed to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease on patients as well as on the hospitals and clinicians that assess, treat, and manage the CV population.

Each facility that begins Chest Pain Center Accreditation is assigned an expert navigator to assist them along the accreditation journey. ACC's Accreditation Review Specialists are highly dedicated clinicians with real-world experience treating cardiovascular (CV) patients in the hospital setting. Individually and collectively, they are an indispensable resource for those who are committed to implementing the essential elements of quality improvement.


Accreditation training prepares facilities to begin the quality and process improvement journey. Each ACC Accreditation includes comprehensive education to orient your staff to the fundamental elements of the accreditation process. 

Note: The Accreditation purchase process (including ACC business agreement and payment for initial year of Accreditation participation or recurring annual payment) must be completed in order to gain access to the Accreditation tool and related training. Please contact accreditationinfo@acc.org for more information.

The American College of Cardiology publishes several highly-regarded journals about cardiovascular medicine. In addition, it provides several online resources through its CardioSmart and Quality Improvement for Institutions programs.

We’re often asked about the long-term vision of Chest Pain Center Accreditation and topics related to treatment of the ACS patient. Included here are a few of the more responses to some of the more commonly asked questions we receive about Chest Pain Center Accreditations and ACS treatment.

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