The Schneeweiss Adult Congenital Heart Center Earns Accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association

January 23, 2020

In recognition of its expertise in serving adults with congenital heart disease (CHD), structural heart conditions present at birth, the Schneeweiss Adult Congenital Heart Center earned accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), a nationwide organization focused on connecting patients, family members, and healthcare providers to form a community of support and a network of experts with knowledge of CHD.  

Individuals with CHD, the most common birth defect diagnosed in one in 100 births, are living longer. There are 1.4 million adults in the U.S. living with one of many different types of congenital heart defects, ranging among simple, moderate, and complex. 

The Schneeweiss Adult Congenital Heart Center received accreditation by meeting ACHA’s criteria, which includes medical services and personnel requirements, and going through a rigorous accreditation process, both of which were developed over a number of years through a collaboration with doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and ACHD patients.

“There are now more adults than children in the U.S. with CHD,” said Mark Roeder, President and CEO of ACHA. “Accreditation will elevate the standard of care and have a positive impact on the futures of those living with this disease. Coordination of care is key, and this accreditation program will make care more streamlined for ACHD patients, improving their quality of life.” 

There are now 35 ACHA ACHD Accredited programs throughout the United States. The ACHA ACHD accreditation program is endorsed by national organizations such as the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.   

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