ACHA ACHD Accreditation Program

Help the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) improve the quality of care for adults with congenital heart disease

ACHA is working with leading providers of adult congenital heart disease care to develop criteria for ACHD accreditation. This is a crucial area for advancing and standardizing the quality of care for ACHD. Every person with CHD needs access to specialized care regardless of where they live.

News Story: ACHA Launches National Accreditation Program: Click here

These are our current ACHA ACHD Accredited Programs (listed in alphabetical order by state):

  • Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Adult Congenital Heart Program, Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Colorado Adult and Teen Congenital Heart (CATCH) Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora, CO)
  • Boston Adult Congenital Heart (BACH) and Pulmonary Hypertension Program (Boston, MA)
  • University of Michigan Adult Congenital Heart Program (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Washington University Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program (St. Louis, MO)
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine (Omaha, NE)
  • Cincinnati Children's Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program (CCHMC) (Cincinnati, OH)
  • COACH: Columbus Ohio Adult Congenital Heart Disease & Pulmonary Hypertension Program (Columbus, OH)
  • Medical University of South Carolina Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program  (Charleston, SC)
  • Texas Children’s Hospital Adult Congenital Heart Program (Houston, TX)
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at University of Washington & Seattle Children’s Hospital (Seattle, WA)
  • Providence Adult and Teen Congenital Heart Program (PATCH) (Spokane, WA)
  • Wisconsin Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program (WAtCH) at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI)

This process is ongoing and many additional institutions are currently under review and starting the application Process. We will keep you informed as more centers earn this important designation in the months and years ahead, and we also encourage you to ask your provider if his/her institution has applied or is intending to apply!

 We are now accepting applications! Visit the Accreditation Program Documents page to learn more! 

ACHA ACHD Accreditation Program Endorsements:

American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Cardiology
American Heart Association
Canadian Adult Congenital Heart Network
Mended Hearts
Mended Little Hearts
Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society
Pediatric Congenital Heart Association
Society of Pediatric Echocardiography
  1. CHD is the most common birth defect in the United States, diagnosed in close to 1 percent of US births
  2. Advances in medical and surgical care has dramatically improved survival for children with CHD
  3. Two-thirds of the CHD population, many with moderate or complex CHD, are now over 18 years’ old
  4. Every year, approximately 20,000 CHD patients enter adulthood
  5. There are an estimated 1.3 million adults living with CHD in the United States
  6. The quality of care available to this population varies significantly in different areas of the country
  7. There are currently no criteria for certifying ACHD treatment centers

To view the criteria that we have developed, click below. Note that during the Pilot Phase these criteria may undergo minor changes as our process moves forward.

Program Criteria

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Accreditation Process

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For questions or to obtain more information about the ACHA Certification program
contact Danielle Hile, director of programs, at dhile@achaheart.org or 215-849-1260 ext. 111.

The ACHA ACHD Accreditation Program was partially funded by Actelion Pharmaceuticals U.S., Inc., the Meil Family Foundation and the James S. Wong Private Foundation

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