US HeartRescue

HeartRescue United States

What is the U.S. HeartRescue Consortium?

The HeartRescue Project in the United States began in 2011 by assembling organizations renowned for resuscitation excellence, who were charged with implementing programs in their specific geographies to improve survival from cardiac arrest.

The U.S. HeartRescue Consortium consists of legacy partners, the original six states and American Medical Response, and new state partners who are focused on implementing the key objectives of HeartRescue.

The HeartRescue Partners have demonstrated that SCA is a treatable event and have made significant advances in their areas of research and expertise to help save more lives.

The goal is to combine the strengths of each organization to create an effective SCA response program that can be tailored and replicated across the United States.

HeartRescue United States

The HeartRescue Project in the United States is a state-based initiative to improve care for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The Project undertakes this initiative through efforts to “measure and improve” resuscitation care.

Thus HeartRescue strives to build a state-based registry that is used to focus community-based programs to improve care for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Key Objectives for the U.S. HeartRescue Consortium

  • The U.S. HeartRescue Consortium endeavors to involve a state’s representative population as opposed to a few select systems.
  • The U.S. HeartRescue Consortium is dedicated to implementation of effective community-based programs, understanding that each community is different.
  • Implementation is achieved by “operationalizing” science through a range of how-to programs that span the links in the chain of survival.
  • The U.S. HeartRescue Consortium adopts a ‘measure and improve’ strategy that focuses on quality improvement so that communities can benchmark their own performance and learn from best practices.

Primary Goal for the U.S. HeartRescue Consortium

  • To work with interested communities and states to improve care and outcomes for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest through the ‘measure and improve’ strategy.
  • To save more lives and improve public health.
  • To help communities and states measure cardiac arrest care through the use of CARES (cardiac arrest registry to enhance survival).
  • To help communities and states improve by use of the Resuscitation Academy model for educating providers and stakeholders on best practices in cardiac care.
  • In order to save more lives following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and improve public health.

Legacy Partners

AMR Medicine is the single largest provider of EMS in the United States, covering almost 48 million people in 2,000 communities in 39 states. There are more than 16,000 AMR EMTs, paramedics, nurses and caregivers throughout the world.

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Arizona is particularly strong in statewide data collection and public education about SCA response.

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Illinois Becomes Seventh Partner in the HeartRescue Project
The Illinois HeartRescue Collaborative, a partnership between the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Service System, the Chicago Fire Department, Chicago EMS System and the Illinois Department of Public Health, will work together to develop a statewide network for cardiac arrest reporting and quality improvement. As part of the effort, this volunteer network of hospitals, EMS and community leaders will target geographical areas in both rural and urban Latino and African American communities in Illinois, who will help to promote cultural competency strategies that encourage, expand and support community-initiated grassroots efforts aimed at improving SCA survival rates.

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The University of Minnesota Medical School-Cardiovascular Division leads the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium, a partnership of organizations and acute care physicians focused on providing a new platform of treatments and technologies to more rapidly deploy and evaluate advances in the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.

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North Carolina has a strong ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) initiative, as well as SCA programs in Durham and Wake counties that will be springboards to standardized SCA care.

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In the Pacific Northwest, Washington has a world-renowned program in Seattle and surrounding King County, leading the effort in both the hospital and prehospital settings. Twice a year, EMS agencies from around the world attend the Resuscitation Academy and learn how to improve SCA survival.

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The University of Pennsylvania Center for Resuscitation is a leader in hospital care, especially in resuscitation research, in-hospital CPR and the use of hypothermia.

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After five years of implementations, these states have developed resources to share with new states and expand the HeartRescue Project across the United States.

New State Partners

In Michigan, SaveMIHeart is a non-profit organization uniting the community, first responders, EMS, and health systems to improve cardiac arrest survival.

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To learn more about becoming a U.S. HeartRescue Consortium state, contact:

Thomas Rea MD MPH 
University of Washington


Resources from the U.S. HeartRescue Consortium

Resuscitation Academy

  • Supported attendance
  • Traveling academy speakers
  • Open access to training and quality improvement tools


  • Coordinator support for implementation and reporting
  • Tools for data collection

HeartRescue Leadership

  • Participate in various leadership and team meetings
  • Participate in national publications