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Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) Accreditation

The Adult Congenital Heart Program at Stanford, a collaboration between Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Health Care, is one of the first Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Accredited Programs in the nation. Faculty from the Stanford University School of MedicineChildren’s Heart Center at Packard Children's and Stanford Health Care partnered with the ACHA, amongst other ACHD programs, to develop the accreditation criteria. Because children born with congenital heart disease (CHD) are much more likely to live long and relatively healthy lives than they would have been just 25 years ago, the once child-focused CHD field now includes more adults than children. Ensuring a smooth transition from pediatric cardiology to adult care and providing a comprehensive approach to congenital cardiac care in adulthood is our specialty.
The Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) in conjunction with leading adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) providers across the country developed criteria for ACHA ACHD Accreditation. Those adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) need specialized care and testing that can only effectively be provided by ACHD specialists. Through the ACHA ACHD Accreditation Program, we enable those with CHD to receive quality care despite where they may live. As care within the CHD world has been evolving within the past 25 years, we are moving forward to ensure that quality care and access is available to all patients, and when they are unable to be seen locally within an ACHD center, they are able to work with accredited providers to close the gap in care. For more information about ACHA or the ACHA ACHD Accreditation Program, please call (888) 921-ACHA or visit us at

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